Please note that the deadline for grant proposal submissions is October 1, 2021. Please see below for full instructions.

2022 ARAV Research & Conservation Grant

Objectives of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) include:

  • To advance programs for preventative medicine, husbandry, and scientific research in the field of veterinary medicine dealing with reptiles and amphibians.
  • To promote the conservation and humane treatment of all reptilian and amphibian species through education, captive breeding and preservation of reptilian and amphibian habitats.

The ARAV Conservation & Research Committee is able to fund clinically-oriented and/or conservation research projects involving reptiles and/or amphibians. The typical awards are in the range of $2000 to $3000.

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Clinically-oriented proposals, conservation-based proposals, and proposals submitted by ARAV members will be given priority. Proposals will be evaluated based on clinical significance, conservation relevance, feasibility of proposal, and research methodology.

Final determination of the number and amounts of awards to be distributed will be made by the ARAV Executive committee, based on the recommendations of the Conservation and Research Committee.

It is expected that the research should be completed in 12-18 months.

Recipients of funding will be expected to either present their results at the ARAV annual conference or publish them in the Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery.

Deadline for proposal submission is October 1, 2021.

Funding decisions will be made by March 1, 2022.

Kevin Wright Memorial Grant


On September 26, 2013, the field of veterinary medicine lost a great mind, Kevin Wright. Kevin served as ARAV President, a zoo veterinarian, a private practice veterinarian, published countless papers on a myriad of exotic animal veterinary medical topics, co-authored the legacy text on amphibian medicine and surgery, and even edited the amphibian medicine chapters for the book, Reptile Medicine and Surgery. An accomplished speaker and presenter, he was given the Hill’s Nutrition Award in 1988, the Exotic DVM of the year in 2008, and twice awarded the Speaker of the Year at the NAVC conference, in 2009 and again in 2012. In 2010 he achieved the goal he sought in his professional life; he was one of the first 5 clinicians awarded ABVP diplomate status as a specialist in reptile and amphibian medicine and surgery.

Dr. Wright has mentored and guided dozens, if not hundreds, of young, eager students and interns to strive for the best. His colleagues the world over are proud to have known him and thankful for the positive influence he has had on them. Kevin was a dear friend to so many of us. He loved his science and his medicine, but he adored his home, his pets, his comics and toys, and most of all, his wife of 25 years, Marlene.

In memoriam, the world is a quieter, less brilliant, and much less silly place. In his memory, the Kevin Wright Memorial fund was created to fund clinically relevant research to promote and further the herpetological veterinary profession. Every year the highest rated research and conservation grant proposal is designated the “Kevin Wright Memorial Fund award winner” and given the funds donated in his honor and in his memory. 

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Congratulations to the 2021 Kevin Wright Memorial Grant Recipient

“The Effect of Methodology on Protein Electrophoresis in Eastern and Ornate Box Turtles (Terrapene spp.): Agarose Gel Electrophoresis
vs. Capillary Zone Electrophoresis.” Laura Adamovicz & Matthew C. Allender

Congratulations to the 2021 Grant Recipients

“Pharmacokinetics of amikacin following multiple intramuscular injections in Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii).” Melissa J. Joblon & Charles J. Innis

“Prevalence of atypical Brucella species in captive amphibians: A pilot study.”  Olivia Petritz & Caitlin Hepps Keeney

“Evaluation of the diagnostic performance of inflammatory biomarkers in Northwestern pond turtles (Actinemys marmorata) with fungal-associated shell disease.” Richard R. Sim & Kelly Flaminio


Instructions for Proposal Submission

Please see our complete Research and Conservation Grant Application for more information and submittal instructions.

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Past Conservation and Research Fund recipients


  • “Variation in the peptide profiles and the cutaneous microbiomes of Plethodontid salamanders” Mr. Benjamin Holt
  • “Effects of dietary protein source and quantity on postprandial plasma uric acid levels in inland bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps).”  Dr. Christoph Mans
  • “Inhibitory Effects of Thrombocyte-Leukocyte Rich Plasma (TLRP) on Nannizziopsis guarroi.”  Dr. Krista Keller & Dr. Laura Adamovicz
  • “Effect of positioning on coelomic radiography and description of normal coelomic CT anatomy in lizards using the green iguana (Iguana iguana) as a model.” Dr. Laura A. B. Aguilar
  • “Toxicology study of ketoprofen on bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps).” Ms. Annabelle Vigneault


  • “Physiologic parameters and anesthetic recovery time using desflurane or isoflurane with 21% oxygen or 100% oxygen in the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)” Drs. Julie A. Balko, Craig A. Hams and Kate M. Bailey
  • “Pharmacokinetics of Mebendazole in Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas)” Drs. Brooke Burkhalter, Mark Martindale, David Duffy, Terry Norton and Ms. Catherine Eastman
  • “Preventing carapacial fossilization: Establishing short term and long term semen storage in chelonians” Mr. Sean M. Perry and  Mr. Mark A. Mitchell
  • “Pilotstudy: Evaluation of the seasonality of the male and female reproductive cycle in Aldabra Giant tortoises (Geochelone gigantea) in a zoological institution in the northern hemisphere” Ms. Maya Kummrow and Ms. Gaby Mastromanaco
  • “Evaluating housing parameters and their effects on snake welfare” Ms. Lauren Augustine and Mr. David Powell


  • Anti-Chytrid Amphibian Probiotics, Mr. Tim Korpita, McKenzie Lab, Colorado University,  Boulder
  • Lidocaine and Bupivicaine for Spinal Anesthesia in Bearded Dragons, Dr. Christoph Mans and Tatiana Ferreira, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Health Assessments of Gopher Tortoises, Drs. Justin Perrault, Annie Page-Karjian, and Charles Manire, Loggerhead Marinelife Center


  • Histopathologic evaluation of Palawan Forest Turtles confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade, Dr. Kenneth J. Conley and Sabine Schoppe
  • Pilot study for the establishment of reference values for the detection of Thyroid Diseases in Tortoises & turtles, Drs. Anke Stohr, Sabine Öfner, Rachel E Marschang, and Karina Mathes
  • Pharmacokinetics of Oxytetracycline after multiple SC doses during clinical use in sea turtles, Dr. Charles J. Innis


  • Monitoring Osmolarity and Plasma Analytes in Pogona vitticeps During Fluid Administration; Christoph Mans (Presented at the 2017 ARAV Annual Conference. Read the ARAV Proceedings Abstract Here!)
  • Evaluation of carotenoid assimilation in leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius); Cojean O., MV (Presented at the 2017 ARAV Annual Conference Read the ARAV Proceedings Abstract here!.
  • Cardiovascular effects of intramuscular epinephrine used to hasten recovery time from isoflurane anesthesia in American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis); Bonnie Gatson


  • Pharmacokinetics of Itraconazole and Voriconazole in Tuatara (Sphenodon punctuates); Sarah Alexander
  • Determining the glomerular filtration rate in bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) using contrast-enhanced computed tomography and plasma clearance of iohexol; Jim Wellehan