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DENVER/May 23, 2022 — Morris Animal Foundation today announced a new funding opportunity for studies that address specific canine health topics. The Foundation is accepting proposals focused on common health issues affecting dogs: canine periodontal disease, otitis externa, obesity and anal sac disease (excluding cancer).

Proposals must address specific areas within these topics and should have a strong emphasis on situations seen in primary care practices and shelters unless otherwise indicated.

“For 2023, the Foundation has a particular focus on the top issues facing primary-care veterinary practitioners,” said Dr. Janet Patterson-Kane, Morris Animal Foundation Chief Scientific Officer.We are excited to give the scientific community an opportunity to study issues that impact so many dog owners and that, in the past, have tended to be underfunded areas of canine health research.”

Applications will be reviewed and rated, based on impact and scientific rigor, by a scientific advisory board made up of subject matter experts. Interested researchers can find additional information, including award types and funding levels at Morris Animal Foundation Apply for a Grant.

About Morris Animal Foundation

Headquartered in Denver, and founded in 1948, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $142 million in critical studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at

Canine Scientific Advisory Board

  • Chair - Lauren Trepanier, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVCP, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Jules Benson, BVSc, MRCVS, Nationwide Insurance
  • Christina Tran, DVM, University of Arizona
  • Pamela Ginn, DVM, DACVP, University of Florida
  • Santiago Peralta, DVM, DAVDC, Cornell University
  • Maria Soltero-Rivera, DVM, DAVDC, University of California, Davis
  • Tim Scase, BVM&S, PhD, DACVP, Pathologica Ltd., UK
  • Ernie Ward, DVM, CVFT, VerticalVet
  • Amy Hille, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Sorrento Animal Hospital
  • Emily Fournier Belyeu, DVM, Banfield Pet Hospital