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DENVER (February 4, 2016) – The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation (ACVIMF) has named the three recipients of the 2015 call for proposals for funded pharmacologic studies as offered by the Veterinary Pharmacology Research Foundation (VPRF).

ACVIMF congratulates these researchers and their teams:

  • Sofia Cerda-Gonzalez, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) of Cornell University (Efficacy of Maropitant (Cenernia®) as an adjunct analgesic in dogs)
  • Andrew Mackin, BSc, BMS, MVS, DVSc, DACVIM (SAIM) of Mississippi State University (Pharmacodynamic Evaluation of Mycophenolate Mofetil in the Dog)
  • Katharine Tolbert, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM) and Shelly Olin, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) of the University of Tennessee (Are acid suppressants indicated in cats with Chronic Kidney Disease?)

The strategic partnership between VPRF and ACVIMF began in 2009 as an effort to solicit, review and administer research grants with a pharmacologic focus. Since that time, VPRF has awarded more than $105,000 to seven ACVIM Board-certified researchers along with their research team members. Last year’s recipient was Lauren Trepanier, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVCP of the University of Wisconsin for her research, Genetic Risk for cyclophosphamide toxicity in dogs.

“The VPRF’s original goal was to address the lack of funding for basic pharmacology research that was limiting both growth and innovation in the development of new veterinary therapeutics as well as the number of trained researchers in the field.  As such, the governing bodies of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AAVPT) and the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (ACVCP) sought to invest their collective resources in the growth of veterinary pharmacology through research grants and training programs,” explained Jane Owens, President, VPRF.

The grants are intended to support proposals that focus on research to evaluate the safety and duration of 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, or ensure that a safe food supply is not compromised by drug therapy. As this grant is a partnership between veterinary internists and VPRF, collaborations between pharmacologists and Diplomates of ACVIM were strongly encouraged.

About the 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 ACVIM Foundation
The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to pioneering the healthcare of animals through the work of board-certified specialists in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM): small and large animal internists, cardiologists, neurologists, and oncologists. By supporting the work of groundbreaking scientists, raising awareness of specialty medicine, and mobilizing the animal-loving public, the ACVIM Foundation aims to revolutionize current treatments and spark the discovery of future cures. The ACVIM Foundation 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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