Studies and researches are expensive because they involve systematic investigation of a particular subject or situation and require materials and sources essential to analyze information, establish facts and ultimately reach or produce new deductions or conclusions. That is why consistent funding is extremely necessary. And this certain foundation is willing to give more than enough to support worthy healthy studies.
Morris Animal Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare and health improvement. They are not afraid to invest in science to advance animal health. The foundation was founded in 1948 and since then, they have invested more than $90 million toward over 2,000 studies which ultimately led to significant advancements and breakthroughs in prevention, diagnostics, cures and treatments for animals.
The organization is known to be an international leader in giving grants and offering funding to advance and continue scientific studies and research for horses, companion animals, and wildlife. It has been the organization’s goal to improve veterinary medicine in order to help raise the quality of life and health of cats, dogs, horses, and wildlife.
Recently, the foundation approved a funding of a total of $1 million for over 10 new equine studies and training. The enormous grant will support and fund investigations in 13 different institutions across the USA, and one in New Zealand as well as in Switzerland. The million-worth in funding will also financially support more than 15 university-based research projects. Included also are training grants for fellowships that will be offered to three new researchers.
The extent of the research areas being funded includes a variety of equine challenges like respiratory illnesses, musculoskeletal disorders and infectious diseases. The foundation’s own board or panel for equine scientific advisory carefully reviewed and deliberated all the grant applications. They selected the studies, with scientific impact and merit as the basis, that were most notable and had the best potential in helping advance and improve equine veterinary wellness and care.
Below are two the studies that received a grant:
- A study by Steeve Giguère, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, from the University of Georgia to develop and test a new treatment method that will combat antibiotic-resistant foal pneumonia.
- A study by Eliane Marti, DrMedVet, PhD, from the University of Bern to improve the identification and detection as well as the treatment of one of the most prevalent allergic skin disorders found in horses, equine insect bite sensitivity.
With their dedication and effort in improving the welfare of animals and wildlife, the foundation is considered as a place where science meets hope.
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