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DENVER/February 15, 2019 – Janet Patterson-Kane, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, veterinary and biomedical scientist and key opinion leader, has joined Morris Animal Foundation as its Chief Scientific Officer. The Foundation is a global leader in advancing the health of animals through science.

In her new role at the Foundation, Patterson-Kane will provide leadership for research programs and apply scientific acumen to maximize the impact of the Foundation’s investment in studies that advance animal health.

“Janet is a seasoned leader in veterinary research with a lifelong commitment to animals,” said Morris Animal Foundation President/CEO Tiffany Grunert. “She brings a combination of broad-based research experience, organizational knowledge, passion and a demonstrated motivation to advance the mission of Morris Animal Foundation. We are thrilled to have her extensive knowledge on our executive team.”

Patterson-Kane has more than 25 years of research and clinical experience in the fields of equine, canine, feline and wildlife disease. She has been a researcher and professor at the United Kingdom’s Royal Veterinary College, the University of Queensland in Australia, and the University of Glasgow, where she was the first woman to hold the prestigious Chair of Veterinary Pathology. More recently, she was involved in private sector research within the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry.

“As a researcher, I want to make a difference in the lives of animals, and this opportunity continues to make that possible, but on a larger scale,” said Patterson-Kane. “Morris Animal Foundation is genuinely accelerating the advancement of animal health and I’m proud to take that further; to act as an advocate for animals in the science that will improve their care and well-being.”

Patterson-Kane received her Bachelor of Veterinary Science and her PhD of Veterinary Medicine from New Zealand’s Massey University. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She previously sat on Morris Animal Foundation’s Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board and is a current member of the editorial board for the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation.

Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in supporting studies to find solutions to serious health threats to animals. Since its founding in 1948, it has invested more than $126 million in over 2,670 studies that have improved the health and quality of life for dogs, cats, horses and wildlife around the world.

About Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation’s mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals. Founded by a veterinarian in 1948, we fund and conduct critical health studies for the benefit of all animals. Learn more at