Deadlines are near for proposals for two American Association of Bovine Practitioners Foundation research grants and for abstract submissions for the Student Case/Research Presentation Competition to be held during the AABP annual conference in September.  

As for the competitive grants, the AABP Foundation is offering two grants supporting clinical research in cattle. Each grant will be for up to $25,000. One grant will be for proposals related to beef cattle, and the other for dairy cattle, although proposals may address both. Proposals should be aimed at providing practical solutions that cattle veterinarians can utilize in beef or dairy production environments.

Each proposal should include the title, a one-page description of the proposed study, a detailed experimental protocol (no more than two pages, which includes the contributions of each investigator), a budget (including justification for all expenses), and a list of the investigators with a brief (two-page maximum) biographical sketch of each investigator involved with the project. You can download a template Word document for the proposal online.

Salary replacement for faculty members, post-docs or graduate students, indirect costs, publication costs, or scientific equipment will not be supported. If appropriate, more than one project may be funded in each category, but the total for each category will be limited to $25,000. At least one of the investigators must be an AABP member.

Proposals must be submitted online by January 12, 2015.

Find more information about the grants and application process online from the AABP Foundation.

Student competition

Veterinary students have an opportunity to submit abstracts for the Student Case/Research Presentation Competition, to be held Thursday, September 17, 2015, at the AABP 48th Annual Conference in New Orleans, La. The purpose of the competition is to promote student interest in the AABP, encourage development of investigative and communicative skills, and allow veterinary students to actively participate in the annual meeting program. Students at any level in their veterinary program, as well as those who have graduated within six months prior to the competition, are eligible. If graduated, try to ensure that your prospective employer(s) will allow you to attend the meeting.

All submissions for the 2015 Student Case Presentation Competition should be submitted online by February 1, 2015. Ten presentations will be selected and notification will be made by March 1, 2015, so that adequate time is available for travel and class/clinic coverage arrangements. Further instructions will follow notification.

Find more information on the AABP website