Mission and Goals

American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Inc. Mission Statement

The Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to address the health needs of all dogs across their entire lifetime by focusing on all aspects of their physical, mental, and social well-being. We embrace the One Health model as a critical tool to achieving our vision.

Foundation’s Goals

Within this mission and vision, the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation has three primary goals:

  • To fund canine health research projects to the Foundation’s capacity which address the diversity of canine health concerns and may have comparative medicine benefits for humans
  • To select and monitor, through a rigorous process, research projects that meet high scientific standards and have the greatest potential for advancing the health of dogs
  • To communicate to the pet-owners, veterinarians and researchers, funded discoveries that help prevent, treat, and cure canine diseases

Strategy for Achieving the Foundation's Goals

The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation supports research that will improve the health and lives of all dogs. The Foundation achieves this by awarding grants to scientists and professionals in research that address the origins of canine illness, the diagnosis of canine diseases, the development of effective treatments and the identification of disease prevention strategies. 

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Capacity for achieving the Foundation's Goals

Since 1995, the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation has become the largest funder of exclusively canine health research in the world. The Foundation raises funds to support quality research to discover: (1) causes of disease; (2) earlier, more accurate diagnoses; (3) better, more effective treatments. 

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Measurement of the Foundation’s Progress

To ensure the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation is achieving its goals, the Foundation takes actions to monitor the progress of its programs and operations.

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Reporting of the Foundation’s Progress

The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation is accountable to its contributors and to the public. 

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