Grants and Fellowships


ACVIM Awards, Fellowships & Grant Opportunities

Awards, fellowships, grants, and other funding opportunities supporting education and research available to ACVIM Residents and Diplomates throughout the year.   

Sponsored by ACVIM and major funding organizations

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Current Open Grant and Fellowship Opportunities:  


Submission Deadline: March 15, 2019
Sponsored by Purina Institute

The intent of this funding mechanism is to provide a stimulating research experience for ACVIM residents by working with experienced research-scientist mentors. We encourage enrolled ACVIM residents to consider this opportunity to become engaged in research to improve animal health. To apply for these grants residents must identify an established research mentor. First year residents are encouraged to apply. Second year residents may apply with a strong statement that outlines an achievable timeline for completion of research during the remaining residency period. Third and fourth year residents are not eligible to apply unless in an approved non-traditional residency program with completion date >1 year from application for resident award. Budget requests up to $10,000 will be considered. While residents are identified as the grant recipient, the mentor will assume fiscal responsibility for the project. We are looking for clearly written projects that can be completed in one year with the expected outcome of a publication with the resident as first author and a scientific presentation of research at the ACVIM Forum or discipline-specific scientific meeting. The Education and Research Committee and the ACVIM Board of Regents encourage applications from residents in private practice, and from private practice-University collaborations. Applications from private practice residents will be prioritized for funding.


Past and Future Funding Opportunities:


Holliday Neurology Resident Research Grant

Call Opens – October 15, 2018
Submission Deadline - February 8, 2019 (5:00 PM MT)
For complete details, click here.

2018 Resident/Diplomate Research Grants Funded by the ACVIM Specialty of Cardiology Pacemaker Fund
Spring 2019

ACVIM Resident Research Grants 
Sponsored by Purina Institute
2019 Spring Call Opens – January 15, 2019
Submission Deadline - March 15, 2019
For complete details, click here.
To apply online, click here.   

2019 Fall Call Opens – August 15, 2019

Submission Deadline - October 15, 2019

*Number of awards, fellowships, grants, and other funding opportunities may vary for each opportunity.

2018 / 2019 Recipients

Winners of Fall 2018 Pacemaker Grants:
Luis Dos Santos and mentor Suzanne Cunningham at Tufts University: "Anti-desmosomal antibodies as a potential biomarker of Boxer arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy."
Samantha Salmon and her mentor Amanda Coleman at the University of Georgia: "Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic evaluation of sotalol hydrochloride in cats."
Anna McManamey and her mentor Terri DeFrancesco at North Carolina State University: "Population Pharmacokinetics of Oral Pimobendan in Dogs with Mitral Valve Degenerative Disease."

2018 BOR Resident Research Grant Winners:
Amber Graham Texas A&M
Daniela Korec The Ohio State University
Deepmala Agarwal University of PEI
Karin Allenspach Iowa State University
Amanda Brehm Texas A&M University
Alexandra Crooks University of Pennsylvania
Casey Dropkin Michigan state University
Shari Kennedy Auburn University
Jenna Lind University of Tennessee
Christina Marino University of Georgia
Caroline McKinney Tufts University
Elana Pavlova Texas A&M University
Sessaly Reich University of Missouri
Chloe Snell The Ohio State University
Natalie Suchowersky Auburn University
Julia van Spijku University of Zurich
Gabrielle Wallace University of Illinois

2019 Fellowship Award
University of California Davis : Fellowship in Emergency and Critical Care and Neonatology