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2018 VPRF/AVMF Pharmacology Grant Recipients Announced


Congratulations to the three veterinary researchers who have recently been selected to receive VPRF and AVMF pharmacology research grants. Please read below for select details which have been summarized from the official press release from AVMF.  To read the original article, please click here: AVMF Press Release


  • Dr. John Thomason, from the Department of Clinical Sciences at Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine, received a Dr. Brian Riviere Memorial Veterinary Pharmacokinetic Research Grant of nearly $15,000.  Dr. Thomason is conducting research on population pharmacokinetics of subcutaneous enoxaparin in hypercoagulable dogs.
  • An additional recipient of the Dr. Brian Riviere Memorial Veterinary Grant is Dr. Jonathan Foster, from Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C., who was awarded nearly $12,000.  Dr. Foster’s research focuses on population pharmacokinetic analysis of enrofloxacin and its active metabolite ciprofloxacin following intravenous injection in cats with reduced kidney function.
  • Dr. Lauren Trepanier, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, is the recipient of the Veterinary Pharmacology Research Grant of nearly $12,000.  Dr. Trepanier’s research aims to discover why individual dogs respond differently to the drugs azathioprine, cyclophosphamide, cisplatin, lomustine, amiodarone and chlorambucil.


VPRF would like to congratulate the 3 recipients as well as thank all who submitted proposals during the application process.  Special thanks also goes to the Scientific Review Committee who spent ample time reviewing proposals and making these selections, as well as donors who support this important research.


Who are we?

VPRF is a research foundation founded in 2007 by the governing bodies of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AAVPT) and the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (ACVCP).

These organizations found that there was a lack of funding for veterinary pharmacology research which limited the following:

Growth and innovation in the development of new veterinary therapeutics

The evaluation of drugs for treatment of diseases in animals

The number of trained researchers in veterinary pharmacology

To address this problem, the two groups formed a funding source as a vehicle to invest their collective resources in the growth of veterinary pharmacology.


What do we do?

VPRF sponsors grants and research projects to further veterinary pharmacology research. Our focus:


Research- We concentrate on veterinary pharmacological research in order to evaluate the safety, effectiveness and duration of effect of therapies for veterinary species, explore new animal drug therapies, develop and validate methods of evaluating effects of drugs in animal diseases or conditions, and ensure that a safe food supply is not compromised by drug therapy.


Training- We aim to develop future trained veterinary pharmacologists through support of summer internships for students, ACVCP residency programs, and fellowships/post-doctoral programs.


How do we do this?

VPRF applies funds donated by generous contributors who are interested in supporting VPRF’s research interests.


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Donations are tax deductible in the US as the Foundation has been granted tax exempt status under section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Board of Directors

Dr. Jane Owens (President) • Dr. Dan Gingerich (Treasurer) • Dr. Anthony Lucas (Secretary)

Dr. Mark Papich • Dr. Joe Gloyd • Dr. John Donecker • Dr. Virginia Fajt


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