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 and preference will be given
to veterinary student submissions. Any undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in a
pre-veterinary, animal science, biomedical, biotechnology, or bio-engineering 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. 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 unpublished 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 include 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: AND

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