AKC Canine Health Foundation Celebrates $3.4 Million in Awarded Research in 2022


Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT
Manager of Communications & Veterinary Outreach
AKC Canine Health Foundation
Phone: 919-334-4019
E-mail: sharon.albright@akcchf.org

For Immediate Release

RALEIGH, NC (December 28, 2022) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs, announces another successful year awarding canine health research grants and educational programs.

In 2022, CHF and its donors invested $3.4 million in 54 canine health research and educational grants. These funds support studies exploring drug resistant epilepsy, chronic kidney disease, new technologies to diagnose and treat cancer, spread of vector-borne diseases, and more. Several of these studies are a continuation of previous CHF-funded work expanding our understanding of the management of congestive heart failure, early detection of various cancers, and a new treatment for bone cancer.

CHF also supported two new American Kennel Club/AKC Canine Health Foundation/Theriogenology Foundation Small Animal Theriogenology Residencies and awarded four Clinician-Scientist Fellowships. Theriogenology is the study of reproductive medicine, and the residency program helps ensure that specialists trained in reproduction and clinical genetics are available to safeguard the health of current and future generations of dogs. CHF’s fellowship program encourages new researchers investigating canine health and disease to pursue a career in companion animal health.

In 2022, CHF earned its fourth consecutive Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency and another highest four-star Charity Navigator rating, demonstrating that it exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency and outperforms most charities in its category.

“We are very proud of the quality research and educational programs CHF is funding,” says Dr. Darin Collins, CHF Chief Executive Officer. “With the help of our generous donors, dedicated investigators, and veterinary professionals across the globe, we are making real strides to address the health challenges facing dogs.”

CHF is currently managing a portfolio of 165 active canine health research grants studying a variety of canine health concerns. Learn more about this work, including upcoming areas of study, at www.akcchf.org/research.


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About CHF
Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science to address the health needs of all dogs. With more than $67 million in funding to date, the Foundation provides grants for the highest quality canine health research and shares information on the discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases. The Foundation meets and exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, as demonstrated by their highest four-star Charity Navigator rating and Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency. Learn more at www.akcchf.org.

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