Please note that the deadline for grant proposal submissions is October 1, 2017. Please see below for full instructions.
2017 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.
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, 2017.
Funding decisions will be made by February 15, 2018.
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.
Congratulations to the 2017 Kevin Wright Memorial Grant Recipient
Dr. Kenneth J. Conley and Sabine Schoppe (Wildlife Conservation Society) – “Histopathologic evaluation of Palawan Forest Turtles confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade” ($2911)
Congratulations to the 2017 Grant Recipients
Drs. Anke Stohr, Sabine Öfner, Rachel E Marschang, and Karina Mathes (Kleintierklinik Egelsbach) – “ Pilot study for the establishment of reference values for the detection of Thyroid Diseases in Tortoises & turtles” ($3,000)
Dr. Charles J. Innis (New England Aquarium) – “Pharmacokinetics of Oxytetracycline after multiple SC doses during clinical use in sea turtles” ($2800)
Instructions for Proposal Submission
Please see our complete Research and Conservation Grant Application for more information and submittal instructions.Download Our Grant Application
Past Conservation and Research Fund recipients
- Monitoring Osmolarity and Plasma Analytes in Pogona vitticeps During Fluid Administration; Christoph Mans
- Evaluation of carotenoid assimilation in leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius); Cojean O., MV (Presented at the 2017 ARAV Annual Conference)
- 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