About

VCS-Dr. Gordon Theilen Resident Research Grant

Grant opportunities for member residents

The Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS) created the VCS-Dr. Gordon Theilen Resident Research Grant in 2016. This program, named after a great veterinary oncology pioneer, Dr. Gordon Theilen, provides grant opportunities for residents participating in AVMA-approved training programs with a goal of funding hypothesis driven, prospective studies that take approximately one year to complete. Over the past five years, a total of 19 grants totaling $351,485 have been given to our member residents with recipients representing a wide variety of veterinary schools across the United States and Canada. When these projects are completed, the grant recipient presents his or her research at a VCS Annual Conference.

Eligibility:
  • Any resident participating in an AVMA-approved training program is eligible to apply.
  • Either clinical or basic research projects in the field of veterinary or comparative oncology are eligible for consideration.
  • Resident must be a current member of the Veterinary Cancer Society and remain so for the duration of the trial.
  • Those residents who receive a grant must present their project at a VCS Conference when complete. An abstract must be submitted and if accepted, will be assigned to either a poster or oral presentation.

2024-25 TIMELINE:

  • Application announcement: July 8, 2024
  • Deadline for receipt of applications: September 6, 2024
  • Award announcements: November 11, 2024
  • Funding to be distributed no later than January 13, 2025
  • Projects must be completed within a 1-year time period
21 grants totaling
$394,439
given to member residents

Over the past 6 years, a total of 21 grants totaling $394,439 have been given to our member residents with recipients representing a wide variety of veterinary schools across the US and Canada.

Marissa Goodwin

Dr. Marissa Goodman, 2024 Resident Grant recipient

Dr. Kristofer Ross Luethcke, 2024 Resident Grant recipient

  • Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of VCS members with expertise in clinical and basic veterinary oncology research.
  • Specific criteria used in consideration of proposals will include:
    • Potential of the study to enhance existing scientific knowledge in the field of veterinary and/or comparative oncology
    • Relevance of the proposal to existing scientific knowledge
    • Feasibility of the study, including: likelihood of success in achieving study objectives and obtaining publishable results; appropriateness of study design; realistic time frame for completion (e.g., institutional case load for clinical proposals)
    • Adequacy of facility space/infrastructure/equipment, prior research productivity
    • Adequacy of Animal Involvement Justification (Protection/Safety)