Doc Lombard Award 2017 | ISDVMA


The International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (ISDVMA) is pleased to announce a call for research proposals from students in veterinary medicine with an interest in research on the health and well-being of racing sled dogs. The ISDVMA is an organization whose membership is composed of veterinarians and non-veterinarians with an interest in the health and well-being of these canine athletes. The Dr. Roland “Doc” Lombard Student Research Award is named in honor of Doc Lombard, a Wayland, Massachusetts veterinarian, multiple-time World Champion sprint race musher, and one of the most renowned and beloved dog mushers in history. Doc Lombard was the first sled dog veterinarian to make significant contributions to the practices and principles of sled dog health and medicine which are perpetuated by the ISDVMA today. While still a teen, Doc won prize money from his first sled dog race and used those winnings to help finance his veterinary school education. It is for these reasons that the ISDVMA is proud to honor his memory with the Dr. Roland “Doc” Lombard Student Research Award.

Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in an accredited veterinary school anywhere in the world that grants professional veterinary degrees is eligible to apply. Any undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in a pre-veterinary, animal science, biomedical, biotechnology, or bioengineering post-secondary program at an accredited university, and who has demonstrated a sincere commitment to pursuing the veterinary profession or a career supporting animal well-being also may be considered. Preference will be given to veterinary student submissions. No previous experience with sled dog medicine or sled dog racing is necessary. This grant should be written and initiated by the student to promote student research, and should not be developed primarily by the faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to identify a faculty advisor or mentor who can assist with development of a testable hypothesis, specific aims, justification, experimental design, and budget, with the ultimate goal being publication in a peer-reviewed, scientific journal.

Topics: Research proposals should address topical issues that pertain to the health and well-being of racing sled dogs. Studies can be prospective or retrospective in nature, but preference will be given to projects that can answer applied questions or concerns of long distance, mid-distance, sprint, or working sled dogs. General areas of interests include but are not limited to physiology, pathology, nutrition, infectious disease (zoonotic and non-zoonotic), parasitology, disease conditions or etiologies affecting sled dogs, genetics, rehabilitation, and improving athletic performance.

Format: Proposals should be limited to three pages or less (excluding bibliography), and format should be double spaced, Times New Roman font, and no less than 10 point font. Also accompanying the proposal should be a letter of support and commitment by a faculty advisor or mentor stating qualifications and level of commitment of the student to the proposed research and evidence of supplemental funding if available. In addition, a CV/resume should accompany a cover letter by the student detailing their experience and interest in sled dogs and sled dog medicine, as well as outlining how their proposal was conceived. Proposals should include the following sections: title, introduction, hypothesis, specific aims, experimental design (all proposals should be in compliance with their institutional animal care and use policies and should be stated as such), budget, and bibliography. The introduction should include a brief summary of published or non-published observations and review the literature with justification of the importance of the proposed research. The budget should not exceed $4,000 USD unless independent supplemental funding is available. .

Up to $1,000 USD as an additional travel stipend will be issued for the award recipient to travel to the biennial ISDVMA conference to present their research and results (This is mandatory with receipt and acceptance of the award). If supplemental funding is available, a letter of commitment from the sponsoring party must accompany the proposal. The budget should be itemized to included travel and lodging, reagents and supplies, fees for service (e.g., histopathology, toxicology, etc.), and administrative support. The Doc Lombard award is intended and will be awarded to such that the research must be conducted within 12 months of issuance with no option for extension or carryover.
Selection criteria: Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of veterinarians who are members of the ISDVMA. Preference will be given to proposals that are well written and organized and best meet the format outlined above. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2017. Notification of the award will be posted no later than December 15, 2017.

Submissions and inquiries should be submitted electronically to the email addresses:

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