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DENVER/September 26, 2022 – Morris Animal Foundation is accepting research proposals for its Veterinary Student Scholar program, the second of two annual calls.  

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholar (VSS) program is a competitive program providing veterinary students the opportunity to become involved in mentored research that advances the health and/or welfare of dogs, cats, horses and wildlife.

The VSS program awards stipends of up to $5,500 to veterinary students who are selected by their institution to participate in clinical or basic animal health research. Students apply through their home institution.

The VSS program is open to veterinary students attending a school of veterinary medicine recognized by their government and qualifying its graduates to practice veterinary medicine within that country.

The program aligns with the Foundation’s commitment to training the next generation of veterinary researchers. Each institution is encouraged to select and submit the strongest student project based on scientific merit, potential animal health impact and opportunity for the student scholar to develop veterinary research skills. All proposals must adhere to Morris Animal Foundation’s guidelines and mission.

The deadline for submissions is December 9, 2022, at 4:59 PM ET.

Interested applicants can find additional information and guidelines at Veterinary Student Scholar Applications and Guidelines.  Other questions can be answered by contacting the Morris Animal Foundation Grants Administration team.

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Christina Tran, DVM, The University of Arizona
  • Alycen Lundberg, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), University of Illinois
  • Jan S. Suchodolski, MedVet, DrVetMed, PhD, AGAF, DACVM, Texas A&M University
  • Susan Eades, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Texas A&M University
  • Debra Sellon, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Wisconsin State University
  • Gabriele Landolt, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, Colorado State University
  • Mauricio Seguel,  DVM, PhD, DACVP, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Cynthia R Smith, DVM, National Marine Mammal Foundation
  • Cristina Hansen, DVM , University of Alaska

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, it is one of the largest nonprofit animal health research organizations in the world, funding more than $149 million in critical health studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at

Media Contact: Kelly Diehl