SOURCE: AKC Canine Health Foundation

AKC Canine Health Foundation

November 13, 2012 13:00 ET

AKC Canine Health Foundation Establishes Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program

RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - Nov 13, 2012) - The AKC Canine Health Foundation announces today the establishment of the Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program. Five promising veterinary residents were selected by their colleges of veterinary medicine as the inaugural class of Fellows and will receive support from the AKC Canine Health Foundation for their training and research efforts. To sustain future advancements in canine and human health, the AKC Canine Health Foundation makes it a priority to encourage and support the next generation of canine health researchers. CHF understands the impact of the present fiscal restraints on research and development. To help diminish this impact, the AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program has been established to support young scientists. Through these efforts the AKC Canine Health Foundation's ongoing mission to prevent, treat and cure canine disease will endure for years to come.

CHF's top five most productive Colleges of Veterinary Medicine were asked to select a young scientist to participate in this fellowship program. In the inaugural year of the Fellowship program North Carolina State University, University of California, Davis, The Ohio State University, University of Minnesota and University of Pennsylvania were invited to participate. The colleges were selected based on their track record of turning CHF funding into high impact publications that have significantly contributed to canine health.

The students were selected by leaders in veterinary medicine based on their promise and enthusiasm for pursuing a career in canine health research. These young investigators represent the best-of-the-best and will be the people to watch as they develop their careers. The 2013 AKC Canine Health Foundation Clinician-Scientist Fellows are:

  • Kristin Manning, DVM (Internal Medicine), North Carolina State University. Dr. Manning's research project will evaluate regenerative medicine approaches to the treatment of urinary incontinence.
  • Guillaume L. Hoareau, DVM (Emergency and Critical Care), University of California, Davis. Dr. Hoareau aims to develop tools for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and the severity of OSAS in dogs.
  • Lance Visser, DVM (Cardiology), The Ohio State University. Dr. Visser will study right ventricle (RV) systolic function in dogs to improve risk assessment for heart and lung disease.
  • Jill Schappa, DVM (Clinical Pathology), University of Minnesota. Dr. Schappa's research concerns the protective effects of exercise on the bone marrow after treatment with radiation and chemotherapy.
  • Melanie Hezzell, VetMB, PhD (Cardiology), University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hezzell is conducting a multicenter study that will determine if the use of blood markers improves the standard of care in dogs with mitral valve disease.

Importantly, all research performed by these residents will be in line with the AKC Canine Health Foundation's mission and will be consistent with the foundation's policies and guiding principles.

Visit to learn more about the 2013 Fellows and their canine health research projects.

To "Adopt a Researcher" by making a donation to support one of the 2013 Clinician-Scientist Fellows visit:

CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Visit CHF online at for more information about the Foundation. Like CHF at or follow CHF on Twitter at @CanineHealthFnd.

About CHF
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF's mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Pfizer Animal Health, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at for more information.

Contact Information

    Sharla Seidel
    Communications & Development Manager
    AKC Canine Health Foundation
    Phone: 919-334-4012
    E-mail: Email Contact


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