Our Impact

The donors who contribute to the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) have made significant investments towards the organization’s mission to advance the health of all dogs and their owners through rigorous scientific research.  In return, CHF has remained committed to addressing the health needs of our closest companions through growing our scientific research programs, awarding research funding, and providing educational resources for those dedicated to improving the health of all dogs.

Measuring Research Productivity

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

In a general sense, the success of scientific research can be measured by the contribution of a project to the greater understanding of the health concern or disease under study. One tangible measurement of this contribution is through peer-reviewed publication of study results. Peer-reviewed publications are evaluated by researchers in a relevant field of study to ensure standards of quality, credibility, and scientific performance. These publications are accessible to the scientific community, veterinarians, breeders, and the dog-loving public and allow researchers to share investigative findings to continue progress in their field of study.

Through a rigorous and competitive research grant proposal review process, CHF selects and, with our donors, funds the best studies for canine health. To evaluate the impact of the grant program on advancing canine health, CHF tracks peer-reviewed scientific publications including journal impact factors, abstracts, citations and educational theses and dissertations as outcomes of funded research. Such publications have been published by CHF-funded investigators in veterinary-specific journals, such as the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and journals with broader biomedical community readership, such as Science and Nature Genetics. The impact of the scientific work can further be measured by how often the original publications are cited or referenced by another investigator to make strides in the area of health research. Published outcomes are critical to understanding the impact CHF programs have had on canine health research. Evidence of such return on investment can promote further research and collaborations and ensures the dissemination and application of groundbreaking research to canine health. This translates to an enhanced understanding of mechanisms that cause disease, more accurate diagnoses and improved treatments for better health of all dogs.   

Impact Report

In science, progress is measured in small steps along the way to major discoveries.  By consistently funding the most innovative research, the AKC Canine Health Foundation is realizing both small milestones and major breakthroughs in canine health.  Your support helps us progress towards our goal to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.

A searchable list of peer-reviewed publications resulting from CHF-funded research can be found here.

Annual Breakdown

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Investments in Veterinary Science and Practitioners


Clinician-Scientist Fellows


Small Animal Theriogenologists

The Canine Health Foundation supports the growth of veterinary science through its educational grants, conference sponsorships, and canine health projects to achieve our mission to prevent, treat and cure canine disease for years to come. CHF's Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program supports new scientists. The Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program aims to increase the number of trained practitioners in companion animal theriogenology and clinical genetics. Finally, the Canine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program seeks to increase the number of specialists trained to meet the unique needs of canine athletes and working dogs. Learn more about CHF Educational Grants!

A One Health Approach

Roughly 25% of AKC Canine Health Foundation active research grants support a One Health Model. Learn more about how CHF is helping dogs and their people live longer, healthier lives.

Help Future Generations of Dogs

Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.

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