The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and the Hoof Trimmers Association (HTA) announce a co-sponsored funding opportunity to support applied research in bovine lameness and hoof health. A total of up to $25,000 will be granted to support one or more research projects. Funded projects will have the potential to influence routine management and decision-making in commercial settings. This funding opportunity will be administered by the AABP Foundation.
“There are not a lot of funding opportunities for lameness research, even though lameness is a common problem in cattle,” says North Dakota State University veterinarian Sarah Wagner, DVM, PhD, who serves as chair of the AABP Lameness committee. “The HTA and AABP Foundation have partnered to address the issue by creating this research funding program. We are looking for research-based, real world solutions for lameness on the farm.”
At least one member of the investigative team must be an AABP member in good standing. Research teams that include one or more professional hoof trimmers who are HTA members are strongly encouraged. Veterinary applicants may be practicing veterinarians, veterinarians enrolled in a graduate degree program, veterinary faculty members, or veterinary students under the direction of a licensed veterinarian or veterinary faculty member.
A joint selection committee consisting of members of the AABP Lameness Committee and the HTA will review submitted applications. The period of the award shall be for one year. The expected distribution of the award is January 1, 2019.
Investigators must seek publication of research results through an appropriate venue in a timely fashion. Grant recipients will be expected to present their findings at the AABP Annual Convention and/or at the HTA Hoof Health Conference.
More information and an application can be found at http://foundation.aabp.org. Applications are due by June 30, 2018. Award recipients will be notified before or during the 2018 AABP Annual Conference.
For more information, contact Dr. K. Fred Gingrich, II, DVM, at [email protected].