Student-Focused Course Development Program

The student-focused grant program is designed to hone general practice skills prior to a student's graduation from veterinary school. Completion of these courses should empower the students, particularly during their first few years of private practice, to provide a spectrum of care, ranging from "gold standard" medicine to quality, low-cost interventions.


To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

  • Be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member at an accredited university; or
  • Currently hold and have held a clinical appointment for at least five years;
  • Have some experience in private practice.

The Foundation will not claim any ownership rights to materials, but will ask to post a course syllabus on its website.

Additionally, the proposed course must:

  • Be focused on canine health;
  • Taught in-person rather than remotely;
  • Be offered least three times, as long it is justified by student enrollment and evaluations;
  • Be focused on building diagnostic skills and new procedures that will not result in high costs for most patients.

Preference will be given to courses addressing common canine conditions. 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 students interested in working as general practitioners at for-profit veterinary offices serving local communities are the primary audience for these courses. Applications to support shelter medicine initiatives or the like are beyond the scope of this grant program.


Grants will provide up to $50,000 to cover released faculty time, research assistance, materials, and other typical course preparation costs. Overhead costs charges by all levels (university division, department) may not exceed 10% and will count toward the $50,000 maximum award.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis but due by August 15, 2018 for grants that will support the development of courses to be taught in the 2018 - 2019 academic year. Successful applicants will be notified as promptly as possible but in no case later than one month after applying.