Doc Lombard Award 2018 | ISDVMA


The International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (ISDVMA) is pleased to announce a call for 2018 research proposals from veterinary students 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 canine endurance athletes. The Doc Lombard Student Research Award is named after Dr. Roland “Doc” Lombard, who was a sled dog veterinarian and World Champion musher that contributed significantly to the health and welfare of the modern sled dog through his research. Doc Lombard was a dedicated professional with a love for the sport of sled dog racing and who made significant contributions to the practices and principles of sled dog health and medicine that has been upheld by past and current members of the ISDVMA.

Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in an accredited veterinary school anywhere in the world that grants professional veterinary degrees are eligible to apply. 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 with the help and guidance of faculty mentors. Students are encouraged to identify an advisor or mentor who can assist with development of a testable hypothesis, specific aims, justification, experimental design, and budget, with the ultimate goal of generating data suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed, scientific journal.

Topics: Research proposals should address topical issues that pertain to the health and well being of any class of racing sled dogs. Studies can be prospective or retrospective in nature, but preference will be given to projects that address current issues related to long distance, mid-distance, sprint, or working sled dogs and that can be translated into applied solutions. 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, 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 bi-ennual international ISDVMA conference to present their research and results (Presentation at the upcoming ISVDMA conference is mandatory with receipt and acceptance of the award).  If supplemental funding is available, a letter of commitment from the sponsoring party or faculty mentor should accompany the proposal. The budget should be itemized to included travel and lodging, reagents and supplies, fees for service (e.g., histopathology, toxicology, etc.), publication and administrative support. The Doc Lombard award is intended and will be awarded to such that the research must be conducted with 18 months of issuance, with no option for extension or carryover. The ISDVMA is a not-for-profit organization and does not pay overhead costs should the awardees institution require that funds be distributed through the universities research administration office.

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, organized and best meet needs of the racing sled dog community Deadline for submission is November 1, 2018. Notification of award will be posted no later than December 15, 2018.

Submissions should be submitted electronically to the email address below. No paper copy is necessary. Submissions should be directed to: AND

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