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DENVER/January 11, 2022 — Morris Animal Foundation is now accepting research proposals for its Veterinary Student Scholar program.  

The Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholar (VSS) program is a competitive program that provides veterinary students the opportunity to become involved in mentored research that advances the health and/or welfare of dogs, cats, horses or wildlife. The VSS program awards stipends up to $5,000 to veterinary students who are selected by their institution to participate in clinical or basic animal health research.

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

The program aligns with the Foundation’s commitment to training the next generation of veterinary researchers. These awards are competitive, and 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 Foundation will start accepting proposals on January 11, 2022. The deadline for submissions is April 4, 2022, at 4:59 PM ET.

Interested applicants can find additional information and guidelines here.  Other questions can be answered by contacting our grants administration team.

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Val Beasley, DVM, PhD, University of Illinois
  • Budhan Pukazhenthi, B.V.Sc., MS., PhD., Smithsonian
  • Jane Sykes, BVSc, PhD, University of California/Davis
  • Timothy Stein, DVM, PhD, Austin Veterinary Emergency & Specialty
  • Elizabeth Davis, DVM, PhD, Kansas State
  • Annette McCoy, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVS, University of Illinois
  • Susan Eades,  DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Texas A&M
  • Katrina Mealey, B.V.Sc., MS., Ph.D., Washington State University

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 $142 million in critical health studies across a broad range of species. Learn more at

Media Contact: Kelly Diehl, Senior Director of Science and Communication