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2020 Resident Grant Award Recipients Announced

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is pleased to announce the 2020 Resident Grant Award recipients:

Dr. Anna Catherine Bowden
Iowa State University
Ocular diagnostics, conjunctival microflora and ophthalmic findings in the Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis)
$1,950 (for 12 months)

Dr. Allison Fuchs
The University of Missouri
A novel bi-modal topical ophthalmic drop to treat corneal fibrosis
$5,000 (for 12 months)

Dr. Andrea Minella
University of California-Davis
Impact of tissue transglutaminase 2 (TGM2) inhibition on corneal fibroblast to myofibroblast transformation in vitro
$5,000 (for 12 months)

Dr. Elyse Salpeter
University of California-Davis
Chromatic pupillometry as a screening tool for heritable retinal disease in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)
$5,000 (for 18 months)

Dr. Vanessa Yang
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Evaluating the therapeutic potential of a novel modified prostaglandin analog as a treatment for feline glaucoma
$4,994.75 (for 24 months)

Registration Now Open for Advanced Phaco Course!

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation, in partnership with Bausch + Lomb, is offering an Advanced Phacoemulsification Course  The course will take place on Friday, March 6th – Saturday, March 7th at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa.   For more details and registration click here

Canine Glaucoma White Paper Published

A white paper, authored by invited participants in the ACVO Vision for Animal Foundation (VAF)’s Canine Glaucoma Think Tank (November 2017) and Canine Glaucoma Consortium*, has been published in Veterinary Ophthalmology.  The article, “The future of canine glaucoma therapy”, is published Open Access thanks to funding provided by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and the Veterinary Ophthalmology journal. 

*Authors: András M. Komáromy, Dineli Bras, Douglas W. Esson, Ronald L. Fellman, Sinisa D. Grozdanic, Larry Kagemann, Paul E. Miller, Sayoko E. Moroi, Caryn E. Plummer, John S. Sapienza, Eric S. Storey, Leandro B. Texeira, Carol B. Toris, Terah R. Webb.

VAF Awards Founders Clinical Research Grant

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is pleased to announce the first recipient of the Founders Clinical Research Grant.  The goal of this initiative is to promote clinical research by ACVO board-certified diplomates in private practice or academia.
A $10,000 grant has been awarded to Dr. Simon Pot and associates, University of Zurich, for their proposal,“Effects of riboflavin concentration and heavy water (D2O) supplementation on tissue stabilization and treatment depth after accelerated corneal crosslinking.”

Thank you to the Founders Clinical Research Grant Committee: Dr. Ken Abrams, Chair and Drs. Mike Brown, Cindy Cook, Charlie Martin, Brad Nadelstein and Dan Ward.

Tickets On Sale for Aloha Maui!

Join the VAF for our 6th Annual fundraiser, Aloha Maui, on Thursday, November 7th, 5:30 pm – 7 pm, in the indoor/outdoor Aneuenue Room at the Ritz Carlton.

All guests will receive a specialty cocktail and yummy snacks.  In addition to a raffle and auction, we have lots of fun activity ideas in the works.  Of course, beach attire is encouraged!

Click here to purchase your tickets today.

This year, the VAF auction is online — so even if you don’t make it to Maui, you can still bid!  To check it out click here

Make Your Year-End Gift to the VAF!

Please consider making a year-end contribution to the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF)!

To make a donation click here

The organization continues to expand programming thanks to the kindness and generosity of so many committed volunteers, corporate sponsors, partners and supporters like YOU!

In 2018, the VAF’s activities included the following:

  • Awarding a grant of $29,974 to Dr. Hans Westermeyer, North Carolina State University, for his two-year study, “Predicting the onset of intraocular pressure rises and retinal damage in primary angle closure glaucoma in dogs” and three grants, totaling $14,785, to ABVO residents.
  • Issuing a Request for Proposals for the newly created Founders Clinical Research Grants, in honor of the founders of the ACVO.  The goal of this initiative is to promote clinical research by ACVO board-certified diplomates in private practice or academia.
  • Launching the Canine Glaucoma Consortium to further advance research in this area.
  • Partnering with Bausch + Lomb to offer an Advanced Phacoemulsification Course. The VAF continues to work with Bausch + Lomb with the goal of providing future CE courses.
  • Hosting the “Purple Rain Party” fundraiser at the ACVO Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The VAF’s 5th annual event raised more than $55,000, including $38,500 in corporate sponsorship.
  • Developing a new Strategic Plan that will guide the organization’s activities in 2019-2021.

Thank you in advance for your consideration!

VAF Purple Rain Party Raised $55,751!

The Purple Rain Party on September 28th in Minneapolis raised a record $55,751 to benefit the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF)’s grant making programs.  The VAF thanks all who joined in the ‘80’s style fun at the Walker Art Center and those who contributed items to the live and silent auction.

The VAF is grateful for the support of the following sponsors:

Hero ($5,000): Eye Care for Animals, Stokes Pharmacy, VCA Canada and VCA

Best Friend ($2,500): Animal Eye Guys, Dr. Dan Lorimer and Taylors Pharmacy

Companion ($1,000):  An-Vision, BluePearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospitals, Diamondback Drugs, I-Med, Iridex, MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets, Ocu Glo Vision Supplement, OcuScience, Sontec Instruments, Spot On Specialties and Veterinary Eye Care/Dr. Susan Nelms

The organization also thanks Dr. Terah Webb for serving as the announcer for the “Heads or Tails” raffle game, sponsored by Dan Scott & Associates, and Dr. Bill Miller for his service as the auctioneer.

The Purple Rain Party was organized by the fantastic VAF Auction Committee: Dr. Rachel Keller Vaughan (Chair) and Drs. Heather Kaese, Claire Latimer, Danielle Paglia, Caryn Plummer and Susan Nelms.



VAF Issues RFP for Clinical Research Grant

The VAF is now calling for proposals for a Founders Clinical Research Grant in honor of the founders of the ACVO. The goal of this initiative is to promote clinical research by ACVO board-certified diplomates in private practice or academia. The award will be a maximum of $10,000 (indirect costs are not allowed). All meritorious grant proposals will be considered for funding.

In addition, in recognition of the challenges of conducting the high quality clinical studies that are the target for this program, the timeline for grant reporting has also been revised.

Projects must now be completed by and presented to the ACVO Conference in 2022, instead of the previous 2021 deadline, with an interim progress report to the VAF by May 2021.

Grant applicants are due by February 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. Funding decisions will be announced by May 2019.

For more information click here

VAF Announces Grant Award for Canine Glaucoma Research

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is proud to announce that our 2017 Canine Glaucoma grant, in the amount of $29,974, has been awarded to Dr. Hans Westermeyer, North Carolina State University, for his proposal, “Predicting the onset of intraocular pressure rises and retinal damage in primary angle closure glaucoma in dogs“. This two-year study will begin next week.

VAF Hosted Canine Glaucoma Think Tank November 2016

On Saturday, November 5th the VAF hosted a Think Tank focused on “Surgical Techniques for the Treatment of Canine Glaucoma”.  The results of this meeting will be published in a White Paper and recommendations will be used to prepare an RFP to fund research on this topic.  Thank you to VAF Board member Dr. András M. Komáromy for organizing this event.

Participants were:
Dr. Dineli Bras, Centro de Especialistas Veterinarios de Puerto Rico, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Dr. Douglas Esson, Eye Care for Animals, Tustin, CA
Dr. Ronald Fellman, Glaucoma Associates of Texas, Dallas, TX
Dr. Larry Kagemann, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. András M. Komáromy,Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Dr. Sakoyo Moroi, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. John Sapienza, Long Island Veterinary Specialists, Plainview, NY
Dr. Eric Storey, South Atlanta Animal Eye Clinic, Fayetteville, GA
Dr. Leandro Teixeira, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Dr. Carol Toris, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Dr. Terah Webb, MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets, Columbus, OH