The potential for advancements in canine research is greater than ever, and Cornell has a legacy of transformative contributions upon which we can build.

Cornell offers expertise from the very beginning of the research continuum — working from molecular-level discoveries to showing how these findings translate into real-world impact. By covering the full research process, we can test how our research applies to clinical settings — empowering our clinicians to perform cutting-edge medical advancements in our hospitals and clinics.

We are making a difference in canine health. Read about how the Cornell Margaret and Richard Riney Canine Health Center is helping dogs live longer, healthier, happier lives.


The call for 2022-2023 research proposals opened on January 18 and will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8.

The  goal is  to  provide  research  support  for  studies  of  canine  health issues in all areas. Studies can address a variety of topics, including, but not limited to aging, behavior, cancer biology, genetics and genomics, infectious diseases and immunology, and nutrition.  All  phases of  research  are  supported —  from  basic  discoveries  to  translational  and clinical   research.

Collaborations   leveraging   the   expertise   of   the   college’s   academic departments, hospitals  and  diagnostic  laboratories,  veterinary  biobank,  the  Baker Institute  for  Animal  Health  and  other  university  resources  are  strongly  encouraged.  Early-career faculty and researchers new to canine research are encouraged to apply.

Awards will be made for up to $100,000 per year and span a period of 1-2 years.  Smaller-scale exploratory  grants  from  investigators  who  are  launching  a  new  line  of iinvestigation or who are new to canine research are welcomed. 

Applicants are encouraged to consult with their unit's research coordinator before submitting an application. The anticipated start date of these proposals is July 1, 2022. 

Questions regarding eligibility, additional guidelines and the submission process should be directed to Melinda Cerri in CVM's College Research Office by emailing


Learn more about research funded through the Cornell Margaret and Richard Riney Canine Health Center:

Getting us closer to the cause of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a rare but devastating condition causing hip pain and lameness. Its cause is currently unknown, so Dr. Rory Todhunter is searching the canine genome for mutations that might be involved.

The Cornell Margaret and Richard Riney Canine Health Center is funding this work, which may one day lead to a genetic test that will prevent future dogs from being born with the disease.

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease typically shows up in small dog breeds, striking when dogs are just months old. It occurs when the ball at the top of the femur loses its blood supply and breaks down inside the hip joint. The only solutions are an invasive surgery to remove the ball of the femur—or a total hip replacement—which is expensive and traumatic for the dog.

The condition occasionally affects humans, but the trigger causing the blood loss and degeneration remains a mystery despite years of research. Some have proposed that a clotting disorder or a prior injury may be to blame.

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