VAF Resident Grant Program

Resident Grant Program

Each year the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation offers 5-7 research grants, of up to $5,000, to ABVO-approved residents in areas of veterinary ophthalmology. Residents must be sponsored by their ABVO mentor(s).

The ACVO-VAF will support research supplies, materials, limited equipment, publication and salary for technical support.

The ACVO-VAF does not support the salary of the resident, salary of the faculty mentor, tuition, major equipment, or institutional indirect costs.

Animal related experiments require approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee with the proposal submission.

Results of funded research must be presented at the Annual ACVO Conference.

The VAF is currently accepting Grant Applications for 2018 awards. Grant applications for 2017 will be due December 15, 2017.

Applicants should utilize the Grant Instructions and Grant Template.

Also see our Sample Grant Terms and Conditions document (pdf)

Applications are reviewed and scored by the VAF’s Grants Committee and applicants will be notified of funding decisions by February 1, 2018.

2017 Resident Grant Award Winners

Dr. Kathleen Bedard
University of Georgia
$5,000, 18 months
Comparison of two different visual aid devices in aiding navigation in a population of irreversibly blind dogs

Dr. Samantha Pederson
Colorado State University
$3,713, 18 months
Canine corneal astigmatism following sutured dorsonasal versus dorsotemporal clear corneal incisions

Dr. Elizabeth Schaefer
The University of Missouri
$5,000, 12 months
Detection of DNA viral pathogens in canine lobular orbital adenomas

Dr. Becky Telle
University of Wisconsin-Madison
$5,000, 24 months
Development and validation of new methods to visualize conventional aqueous outflow pathways in canine glaucoma

Click here to review a list of Past Grant Recipients.