AEMV Research Fund

The purpose of the AEMV Research Fund is to promote research that specifically leads to the improvement in clinical care of 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, pertaining to captive health, diet, and husbandry in privately owned situations.

AEMV officers, AEMV board members, or AEMV committee chairs are not eligible for application. Members of AEMV will be given first consideration.

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.

Funding level is limited to a maximum of $5000 per submission.

Competitive proposals must be clearly outlined with projects achievable within 1 year of funding. Priority 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.

2017 Call for Proposals

Submission are due by July 1st. 

For a full description of the grant submission criteria, please click here. 

Please submit proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Winners will be notified August 1, 2017. 


Winners of the AEMV Research Fund to date:


Dr. Anna Milena Thole, DVM-- Acid-Base-Balance Status and Blood Gas Analysis in Rabbits with Gastric Stasis and Gastric Dilation


Dr. Joanne Paul-Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACZM (University of California Davis) --Evaluation of Deslorelin Implants on Fibroadenoma Recurrence in Rats (Rattus norvegicus)


Dr. Christoph Mans, Dr. med. vet., Clinical Assistant Professor in Zoological Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Madison, WI -- Safety and Efficacy of Tramadol in Chinchillas, to evaluate the analgesic efficacy of subcutaneous (SC) and oral (PO) tramadol in chinchillas.

Drs. Joanne Paul-Murphy, Miranda Sadar, and Heather Knych (University of California Davis) -- Pharmacokinetics of buprenorphine in guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus): Intravenous, intramuscular, and oral transmucosal administration ($5000)

Dr. Nico Schoemaker (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) -- The characterization and functional analysis of two ferret insulinoma cell lines ($5000)

Dr. Sathya Chinnadurai (North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine) -- Sex Differences in Meloxicam Pharmacokinetics in Ferrets after Single Subcutaneous and Oral Administration ($5000)

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