John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation Grants Program

Created for the purpose of protecting and improving the welfare of animals of all kinds with a focus on cats and dogs, the promotion of veterinary programs, and the protection of wildlife, the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation supports a wide range of programs and organizations.

The Foundation, through its generous support since 2012, has been a vital resource for the Shelter Medicine and Wildlife Conservation programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The grant awards provide unique experiential learning and educational programs for our students, and promote applied and basic research conducted in the areas of shelter and conservation medicine. In June 2017, the Board of Trustees voted to extend the funding relationship another three years with a grant commitment of $300,000.

Over the course of the last three-year commitment, the Foundation has provided funding for seven experiential learning and educational programs and three conservation research grants at the recommendation of the College Research Council. The last competitive call of 2016 resulted in two awards; an educational program aimed to provide hands-on training in wildlife, zoological and conservation medicine to veterinary students and specialists in training in collaboration with the Belize Zoo, and a conservation research study examining ways to mitigate the adverse effects of etorphine-based capture in white rhinoceros at Kruger National Park. Abstracts of these and other currently active projects are accessible through the “Current Projects” link.

Calls for proposals for the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation Grants Program are announced through the College Research Office. Program details, forms and deadlines can be found on the internal Fund Your Research website. For more information, please contact Melinda Cirri at

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