AAV Research Committee


Committee Chair:

Ashley Zehnder, DVM, PhD, DABVP (Avian Practice)


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Committee Purpose

The AAV Research Committee functions to receive the pre-proposals and proposals for research grants awarded by the AAV.  Each year we receive 30-40 pre-proposals to evaluate and choose the best 20%. We then ask these researchers to submit detailed full proposals that are evaluated by the committee members and the best proposals are then recommended to the Board of Directors for funding. The process starts in February each year when we receive the pre-proposals and ends in late June or July when we have a conference call to evaluate the full proposals.

What does it take to be a member of the Research Committee?

Well, you do not need to be doing full time research yourself, just have an interest in the research process. Our ten committee members range from clinicians and practitioners to folks in academic teaching and research positions. You do need to commit to getting the reading and evaluations done on a tight schedule of a couple of weeks once the pre-proposals and proposals arrive. You also need to be available for our conference call, which can be at an odd time to accommodate Research Committee members from our global community.  If you are interested in joining us on the AAV Research Committee, please contact us. If you are interested in submitting a pre-proposal to the committee, see the application on our website here

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