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Volunteers fuel the efforts of Morris Animal Foundation

By Ben Snodgress

April is National Volunteer Month. Many nonprofits will take time this month to spotlight volunteer opportunities and honor those who have volunteered their time, talents and resources to make the world a better place.

Morris Animal Foundation depends upon the support of animal lovers who believe in our ultimate vision of a world in which animals live long and healthy lives. A unique group of volunteers—our scientific advisory boards—help ensure that we invest donor dollars in animal health research that will have the greatest impact on and that will truly enrich the lives of animals worldwide.

“The voluntary service that scientific advisory board members provide is invaluable,” says Dr. Wayne Jensen, the Foundation’s chief scientific officer. “The Foundation could not fulfill its mission without the support and contribution of its scientific advisory board members.”

It takes a true dedication to animals to commit time and resources to being on our boards. Board members serve four-year terms, and each contributes, on average, more than 100 volunteer hours per year, which equates to $800,000 to $950,000 of in-kind gifts to the Foundation each year.

“I have had the pleasure of serving on the Morris Animal Foundation Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board for three years and have reviewed many proposals to improve the lives of horses and llamas,” says Dr. Ernest Bailey, the current chair of the Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board. “It is gratifying to recommend proposals for funding. The world is a better place because of the work done under the auspices of Morris Animal Foundation. I will always be grateful for the volunteer opportunity they provide.”

Our scientific advisory boards are not just made up of the best scientists in the business. These scientists also have a true heart for animals that goes beyond science.

“Serving as a member of a scientific advisory board is a true labor of love. It has been an enormously rewarding experience—as a scientist and as someone who loves animals,” says Dr. George Amato, the current chair of the Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board. “Morris Animal Foundation makes such a difference by supporting the very best science in the service of animal health and conservation. It is a privilege to work with Morris Animal Foundation in this important mission.”

Morris Animal Foundation thanks all of our volunteers for their commitment to improving animal health.


Categories: Animal health, Veterinary news
April 22, 2013