John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation Grants Program

Created for the purpose of protecting and improving the welfare of animals of all kinds with a focus on cats and dogs, the promotion of veterinary programs, and the protection of wildlife, the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation awarded their first grant to the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. These resources supported experiential learning and educational programs for students, as well as applied and basic research conducted in the areas of shelter and conservation medicine.

Over the past eight years, the Foundation has provided funding for numerous experiential learning and educational programs and conservation research grants at the recommendation of the College Research Council. The last competitive call of 2019 resulted in three awards; an educational program aimed to provide hands-on training in wildlife, zoological and conservation medicine to veterinary students and specialists in training in collaboration with the Belize Zoo, an experiential learning opportunity for students to participate in a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter program, and an engaged learning program for multidisciplinary teams to integrate course work with real-world training through partnerships with the Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Indonesia. Abstracts of these and other currently active projects are accessible through the “Current Projects” link.

Calls for proposals for the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation Grants Program are announced through the College Research Office. Program details, forms and deadlines can be found on the internal Fund Your Research website. For more information, please contact Melinda Cirri at

Research Awards for 2020