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DENVER/March 13, 2024 – Morris Animal Foundation invites applications for its Veterinary Student Scholar program, empowering students to engage in mentor-guided research advancing the health of dogs, cats, equids and wildlife.  

Qualifications include: 

  • Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited veterinary medicine program throughout the grant contract. Accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association is not required. Students in combined doctorate of veterinary medicine or Ph.D. programs are ineligible. 
  • Applicants who have previously received a VSS stipend are not eligible to apply.   
  • Applicants must have mentor support for the proposed research project.  

Up to two VSS applications per institution may be submitted.  

Selected students will receive a stipend of up to $5,500 for a research project starting within six months of the award notification.  

For those interested in genetic and phenotypic data research from the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, a Foundation-sponsored workshop on genome-wide association studies is available to VSS awardees. This workshop, hosted by the University of California, Davis, in the fall of 2024, enhances research capabilities.  

Submit applications by 4:59 p.m. ET, May 22, 2024. The student and the individual applying (if different from the student) must create an account on Fluxx, an online application system. Please allow up to two business days for Morris Animal Foundation to review and validate the account.   

Refer to the Fluxx applicant user guide for more detailed instructions on creating an account and submitting an application. 

To learn more about our Veterinary Student Scholar program and the application process, please visit the Apply For a Grant page on the Foundation’s website.  

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Andrew Allen, University of Saskatchewan
  • Georgiana Deak, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca
  • Sian Durward-Akhurst, University of Minnesota
  • Omar Gonzales Viera, UC Davis
  • Sarah Hooper, Ross Veterinary School
  • Marie Hopfensperger, Michigan State
  • Robert Hunter, One Medicine Consulting
  • Hugh Lefcort, Gonzaga
  • Enni Markkanen, University of Zurich
  • Júlia Pásztor, VetPartners
  • Andrea Pires dos Santos, Purdue
  • Jose Rodriguez Sosa, Midwestern University
  • Kurt Sladky, Univ. of Wisc. SVM

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 nearly $160 million in more than 3,000 critical animal health studies to date across a broad range of species. Learn more at   

Media Contact: Annie Mehl