Practitioner-Focused Course Development Program
The goal of the practitioner-focused grant program is to create CE offerings that empower GPs to provide quality canine care at multiple price points. Thus, these courses might focus on alternative diagnostic approaches, alternative prescribing strategies, new methods, or new skill sets that allow the GP to treat more patients rather than referring them to a specialist. This course development work may be done by experienced general practitioners, specialists with cost-savings techniques on traditionally expensive procedures, or clinical faculty at schools of veterinary medicine. We imagine the audience to primarily consist of veterinarians working in privately-owned offices serving their local community. Team submissions are welcome.
To be eligible for funding, an applicant (or team) must:
- Have deep medical knowledge and experience in private practice;
- Demonstrated interest in treating an economically diverse clientele;
- Have some experience sharing their knowledge with other veterinary professionals.
Note that the Foundation will waive any ownership claim to the course materials but will ask to post the course outline on its website (PowerPoint presentation are an acceptable alternative) .
Additionally, the proposed course must:
- Focus on canine health. Courses dealing with diagnostic approaches or procedures applicable to other species that address a condition most common in canines will also be considered.
- Build general practice skills in achieving good results without the use of high-cost diagnostics or treatments;
- Be offered at an accredited institution or recognized continuing education platform.
Preference will be given to courses that deal with the most common canine conditions or emergency/urgent case. The strongest applications will provide specific course objectives and evidence (which may be practice-based) of the effectiveness of the suggested approach.
Please note that the Foundation considers general practitioners engaged in for-profit business serving their local community to be its primary audience. Applications to support shelter medicine initiatives or the like are beyond the scope of this grant program.
Grants begin at $2,500 to cover released instructor/clinician time, research, materials, and other typical course preparation costs. For proposed courses offered through universities, overhead will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as quickly as possible, not to exceed two months from initial submission.