Research & Scholarship Foundation

Founded with a purpose to support research and veterinary medical education and training in pursuit of the recognition, treatment, and prevention of pain in animal species.

The IVAPM Research & Scholarship Foundation has two main objectives:

  • Research: To inspire young investigators and novel research projects through grants for pilot studies.
  • Scholarship: To identify, recognize and support students with an interest in addressing animal pain management in their studies at colleges of veterinary medicine and programs in animal health technologies

The international board of the IVAPM Foundation works to create the infrastructure which supports these objectives. What remains is the continued need to secure the financial investments to ensure the success of these ongoing efforts.

By supporting the IVAPM Research and Scholarship Foundation you are investing in the future of our profession and ensuring that animal pain management techniques and treatments continue to evolve for the betterment of the patient.

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Instructions for IVAPM Foundation Grant Submission:

Please download the Grant Application for more information and submit your grant application to Info@IVAPM.org

Grant Applications are adjudicated by the Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis.

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Past Grant Recipients:

  • Suna Li, Perelman School of Medicine: Distinguishing molecular and anatomical modalitics critical for improving treatments of chronic pain
  • Monika Mostowy, Cornell Veterinary College student with Dr. Jordyn Boesch: Development of special instrumentation for treatment of late stage cancer pain in dogs
  • Marina Evangelista, University of Montreal: Development of a Feline Grimace Scale
  • Lauren Fount, LSU: Amantadine for Feline Cancer Pain
  • Olga Drewnoska, Warsaw University: Comparison between EEG and cerebral oximetry with usual parameters to evaluate desired pain management in horses and dogs under general anesthesia

Instructions for the IVAPM Foundation & Fear Free Grant Submission:

The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and Fear Free have joined forces on a research grant of up to $3,000.00.

All applications for the 2023 grant cycle must be completely filled out and submitted by 11:59 PM Central Time on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Please download the Grant Application and submit your grant application to Info@IVAPM.org

Grant Applications are adjudicated by the Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis.

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Active & Past Grant Recipients:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Maxwell, Analgesic efficacy of kratom as an adjuvant for postoperative pain management in dogs
  • Dr. Christell Monsour, Evaluation of the effect of targeted pulsed electromagnetic fields (tpemf) on pain and inflammation in anesthetized dogs undergoing mastectomy

To see results when they are available, please see Fear Free’s Current Research

Board of Directors:

  • President: Mark E. Epstein, DVM, DABVP (C/F), CVPP
  • Vice President: Tammy Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Charles Short, DVM, PhD, DACVA, DECVAA
  • Sharon Campbell, DVM, MS, DACVIM
  • Nora Matthews, DVM, DACVAA
  • Mike Petty, DVM, CVPP, CVA
  • Mara E Tugel, DVM
  • Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), CVA, MRCVS

Corporate Supporters:

(Blinded to grant applications and awards)

The IVAPM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and gifts to the Foundation may be tax deductible as allowed by law. Please consult your tax adviser.