AEMV firmly believes the future of exotic pet medicine lies with the hands of our professionals conducting groundbreaking research at some of the finest veterinarian institutions throughout the world. As such, the AEMV Research Fund was created to promote research that specifically leads to the improvement in clinical care for exotic companion mammals. This includes ferrets, rabbits, rodents, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, and other less traditional pet species such as hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and prairie dogs. The research must pertain to captive health, diet, and husbandry in privately owned situations.

Each year AEMV awards up to a maximum of $5,000 per winning submission. Proposals must be clearly outlined with projects achievable within two years of funding. Funding will be given to projects that are founded on sound research principles, can be fully completed at the level of requested funding, and are likely to result in presentation at a scientific conference and publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Projects that will be excluded involve wildlife and zoo species that are not primarily pet species and/or those dealing with these species in the wild and conservation oriented. Any projects promoting commercial breeding for the pet trade of non-domestic species will not be accepted.

AEMV members are given first priority. Board members and committee chairs are not eligible for application.

Click here to download the proposal submission guidelines. Click here to download the application and checklist. Submissions are due Tuesday, May 15 and winners will be announced on Monday, July 16. Email your completed application to AEMV.

Click here to view the list of previous award recipients.

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