American Humane Association has launched the Animal Welfare and Research Institute and wishes to provide veterinary students with the opportunity to conduct research that enhances the health and welfare of animals. Such research would be conducted under the direct supervision of a well-established mentor and all research is non-invasive (e.g., no induction of illness or injury, no terminal endpoints, no induction of pain). Projects must be completed within 8 to 12 weeks. A final written report, describing outcomes, is required.
Founded in 1877, American Humane Association is the only U.S.-based charitable organization devoted to protecting children and animals from abuse, neglect and harm. With a mission of ensuring the welfare, wellness and well-being of children and animals, as well as unleashing the full potential of the bond between humans and animals, to the mutual benefit of both, American Humane Association brings evidence-based solutions and national leadership to issues impacting the welfare of children and animals in society.
American Humane Association will award stipends up to $4,000 to veterinary students who wish to participate in animal health/welfare research. Applicants must devote a minimum of 50 percent time to the project over the 8 to 12 week period. To be eligible, the students must be endorsed by both their institutions (i.e., be in good academic standing) and their mentors. Projects can involve any species (e.g., dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, wildlife).
American Humane Association has a limited amount of unrestricted funds, as some donors restrict funding to a species, topic or university. For 2012, donors have indicated their interest in feline health/welfare, canine cancer registries for clinic trials, and benefits/cautions when using genetic tests in dogs/cats/horses as a clinical tool. Two projects have been designated for Colorado State University this year (topic unrestricted).
Although not required, institutions are encouraged to match funds awarded by American Humane Association. The awards from American Humane Association are intended solely to be stipends for veterinary students. Funds are not intended to cover project expenses, tuition, or other academic expenses.
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