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DENVER/July 27, 2023 – Morris Animal Foundation announced today it is funding six scientific symposia and conferences this year and next year to advance the health and well-being of animals. These events will focus on critical topics such as wildlife health, pain in animals and shelter medicine, and will further the Foundation’s mission of bridging science and resources to advance the health of dogs, cats, horses and wildlife.  

"So much of our work depends on the collective efforts of dedicated individuals," said Kathy Tietje, Morris Animal Foundation Chief Program Officer. "By supporting these vital scientific initiatives worldwide, we aim to foster collaboration and provide crucial financial resources to advance animal health."  

Sponsorships include:  
Wildlife Disease Association  
Hybrid 71st Annual International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association  
July 29 - Aug. 4, 2023  
This conference will help connect veterinary students and researchers to advance the science of veterinary medicine and wildlife health.  

North Carolina State University Translational Research in Pain Program  
Pain in Animals Workshop 
Sept. 26 - 27, 2023  
The Pain in Animals Workshop meetings are held every other year in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, bringing key stakeholders together to better understand pain in animals and humans. 

International Working Dog Association  
International Working Dog Conference and Breeder's Workshop  
Oct. 16 -18 and Oct. 19-20, 2023  
The International Working Dog Conference will offer researchers, working dog breed organizations and trainers with the latest health, breeding and training science. The second event – the Breeder’s Workshop – will provide experts with important breeding education covering puppy socialization, handling and fertility.   

International Society of Wildlife Endocrinology   
8th Conference of the International Society of Wildlife Endocrinology  
Nov. 6 - 10, 2023  
This conference will bring researchers, zoo managers and other experts together to discuss and share ideas about managing and monitoring wildlife and zoo-housed species.   

University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine  
Shelter Medicine Symposium  
Jan. 24, 2024  
This symposium will offer the opportunity for veterinarians and technicians with limited capacity and resources to attend a training focused on shelter medicine.  

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine  
Clinical Investigators' Day   
March 29, 2024  
This program will provide Cornell University interns and resident students with an opportunity to showcase their research endeavors. The forum allows students to hone both written and oral presentation skills.  

About Morris Animal Foundation  
Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding nearly $160 million in more than 3,000 critical studies to date across a broad range of species. Learn more at  

Media Contact: Annie Mehl