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DENVER, June 29, 2023 – Morris Animal Foundation recently announced a new veterinary research fellowship established in honor of Dr. Rodney Page, a world-renowned veterinary oncologist and the original principal investigator of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. The Dr. Rodney Page Fellowship in Canine Oncology aims to support and empower the next generation of canine oncology researchers, ensuring a lasting legacy of excellence. 

“I am humbled to have my name associated with this special award,” said Page, who has collaborated with Morris Animal Foundation for more than 30 years. “I am confident that generations of veterinary oncology scientists will continue to make significant discoveries in the fight against cancer in dogs.”

The fellowship was announced at the Foundation’s 75th Anniversary celebration on June 15, with an award presented to Page by Bette Morris, Morris Animal Foundation Trustee Emeritus. The fellowship will be awarded yearly as part of Morris Animal Foundation’s annual request for canine health proposals. 

Page is a fourth-generation Coloradan who earned his veterinary degree from Colorado State University. After completing an oncology residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, he helped establish the comparative veterinary oncology program at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Page is a founding director of the Sprecher Institute for Comparative Cancer Research and was chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences in Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. 

In 2010, Page returned to Colorado as director of Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center. Additionally, Page volunteered to serve in a leadership role for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study since its inception.

“Dr. Page is a pioneer in the field of oncology, and his work has had a profound impact on the lives of countless dogs,” said Tiffany Grunert, President and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation. “This fellowship is a fitting tribute to his unwavering dedication and commitment to improving the lives of dogs with cancer.”

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 more than $149 million in nearly 3,000 critical studies to date across a broad range of species. Learn more at

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