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Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation Awards Two Grants to Support Veterinary Pharmacologic Studies Related to Dogs Via the ACVIM Foundation

DENVER, CO (May 9, 2017) – The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation (ACVIMF) announced two recipients of the 2016 call for proposals for pharmacologic studies, as funded by the Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation (VPRF).

ACVIMF congratulates the below researchers and their teams: 

  • Claire Fellman, DVM, PhD., DACVIM, DACVCP, Assistant Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Tufts University (Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Assessment of Differential Responses to Cyclosporine in Atopic Dogs)
  • Katrina R. Viviano, DVM, PhD., DACVIM, DACVCP, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison (C-Reactive Protein: Therapeutic Biomarker for Canine Aspiration Pneumonia)

The VPRF was formed in 2007 because of a need to provide funding for research projects with a pharmacology focus that will benefit treatment of animal patients.  Since that time, VPRF has received 178 grant submissions and has sponsored 11 grants, totaling more than $150,000 in research funding. In 2016, 39 grants were submitted and reviewed by a group of experts on the ACVIMF Scientific Review Committee.

“We selected two grants to fund based on their alignment with our funding mission, which is to evaluate the safety and duration of the effect of therapies for veterinary species, explore new drug therapies for animals, develop and validate methods of evaluating the effects of drugs in animal diseases or conditions, and/or ensure that a safe food supply is not compromised by a drug therapy,” said Jane Owens, President, VPRF. “Drs. Fellman and Viviano are both conducting crucial research with regards to canines suffering from allergies and aspiration pneumonia, respectively.”

As this grant is a partnership between veterinary internists and VPRF, collaborations between pharmacologists and Diplomates of ACVIM were strongly encouraged. 

About Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation
The Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation provides grant funding to support research into new and currently approved medications for combating diseases of companion and food animals, projects that ensure the safety of food products from treated livestock, and training programs for veterinary pharmacologists. These areas have been unmet needs in veterinary medicine for over 30 years. To donate to the Foundation, please access the following:

About the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation
The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation (ACVIMF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to pioneering the healthcare of animals through the work of specialists in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM), including: small and large animal internists, cardiologists, neurologists, and oncologists. By supporting the work of these groundbreaking scientists by raising awareness of specialty medicine and mobilizing the animal-loving public, the foundation aims to revolutionize current treatments and spark the discovery of future cures. The ACVIMF recognizes the need for advanced care, research dollars, awareness, and the need to support the Resident-in-training and the future scientist. Learn more at

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