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Grants

ARAV is proud to announce there will be two separate Grants that applicants can apply for. Please note submission deadlines are different for each Grant so please read the details for each carefully.

  • ARAV Research & Conservation Grant
  • ARAV Conservation of Reptiles & Amphibians Grant

2022 ARAV Research & Conservation Grant

Please note that the deadline for the ARAV Research & Conservation Grant proposal submissions is October 1, 2021. Please see below for full instructions.

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, 2021.
  • Funding decisions will be made by March 1, 2022.

Instructions for Proposal Submission

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

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2022 ARAV Conservation of Reptiles & Amphibians Grant

Objectives of the Conservation of Reptiles & Amphibians Grant include:

  • To advance and support conservation of reptiles and amphibians locally, nationally and internationally
  • To promote the conservation of all reptilian and amphibian species and their ecosystems through education, captive breeding and preservation of reptilian and amphibian habitats

The ARAV Conservation & Research Committee is proud to announce this new grant focused solely on the conservation and preservation of reptiles and amphibians.  This grant is able to fund conservation based projects involving reptiles and/or amphibians with a focus on topics such as:

  • Captive management, husbandry and propagation
  • Sustainability
  • Anti-poaching
  • Wildlife management
  • Ecosystem health
  • Conservation education and outreach
  • Water projects

Proposals will be evaluated based on scientific value, conservation relevance, and feasibility of proposal. Proposals submitted by ARAV members will be given priority. It is expected that the research should be completed in 12 months with semi-annual updates required.

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 (JHMS).

  • Deadline for proposal submission is January 15, 2022.
  • Funding decisions will be made by May 1, 2022.

The award will be valued at $1500.

Instructions for Proposal Submission

Please see our complete Conservation of Reptiles & Amphibians Grant Application for more information and submittal instructions.

Download Our Grant Application

Conservation and Research Fund Additional Details

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2022 Kevin Wright Memorial Grant

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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. 

Kevin Wright Memorial Fund Additional Details

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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

 

Past Conservation and Research Fund recipients

2020:

  • “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

2019:

  • “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

2018:

  • 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

2017:

  • 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

2016:

  • 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

2015:

  • 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

 

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