A Healthier Tomorrow for Animals Morris Animal Foundation

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Who Is Morris Animal Foundation?
Morris Animal Foundation helps animals enjoy longer, healthier lives. We advance health and welfare research that protects, treats and cures companion animals, horses and wildlife worldwide. Our vision is a healthier tomorrow for animals.

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Hill·s and MAF Heritage
1939: Inspirational Relationship Begins
Morris Frank takes his sick guide dog, Buddy, to Dr. Mark Morris Sr. Dr. Morris treats Buddy with a unique, revolutionary diet. Buddy shows remarkable improvement from kidney failure. More dogs with serious health ailments improve dramatically due to the diet. Burton Hill and Dr. Morris form a partnership that inspires establishment of Hill·s Pet Nutrition and MAF.

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

A History of Improving Animal Health
Founded in 1948 by a visionary veterinarian, Morris Animal Foundation today is a world leader in advancing veterinary research to protect, treat and cure companion animals, horses and wildlife. The Foundation has funded more than 1,600 studies, many of which have led to breakthroughs in diagnostics, treatments, prevention and cures.
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

MAF Then
Dr. Morris establishes MAF in 1948 based on his belief that animals need a foundation of their own to improve their health.

Mission:
Morris Animal Foundation improves the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife by funding humane health studies and disseminating information about those studies.

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

MAF Now
2008-2009 Health Study Profile
‡ 94 new studies (dogs 31, cats 23, horses 12, llamas/alpacas 5, wildlife 20, miscellaneous 3), more than 150 total studies ‡ ~50 species ‡ 6 countries ‡ 50+ institutions ‡ Training programs: 43 veterinary student scholars were introduced to a career in research this year

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Ensuring Animal Welfare³Study Policy
Morris Animal Foundation funds scientific research that is conducted with care, compassion and respect for all animals. ‡ The Health Study Policy for Animals Involved in Research is one of the strongest in the industry ‡ All proposals are reviewed by expert scientific advisory boards ‡ Study proposals that involve inducing pain or injury or end in euthanasia are reviewed by the Animal Welfare Advisory Board before funding approval ‡ Funding is based on relevancy, humane treatment of animals and scientific treat and cure animals Research to protect, soundness

2010 Funding
‡ ‡ ‡

$7.5 million in FY10 Committed to $13 million over next three years ~240 studies in 2010. Funding includes: o Traditional grants to established researchers o Training fellowships o Veterinary student scholar grants o Large-scale initiatives such as those funded by the Canine Cancer and Happy Healthy Cat campaigns o Proactive research
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

key

Why Partner with MAF?
‡ 25 staff people to provide oversight, management and marketing/communications support (10 percent administrative fee for newly designed/proactive research) ‡ 25 expert scientists review all traditional studies (dogs, cats, horses and wildlife) ‡ 12 expert cancer researchers and epidemiologists advise on National Canine Health Initiative (includes National Cancer Institute) ‡ 12 expert feline researchers advise on feline genetics consortium (includes National Institutes of Health) ‡ MAF provides 8 percent overhead Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Better Health for Dogs
Then: MAF funds first canine study 1950
Successes since: ‡ Development of first vaccine preventing the deadly parvovirus infection ‡ Development of early detection test for lymphoma ‡ Insight into better therapies for heart disease ‡ Genetic tests to breed out blindness

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Helping Dogs Today
‡ Canine Cancer Campaign: New treatments, new tools and new research (prevention) ‡ Identification of arthritis as numberone cause of guide dog retirement (Laura J. Niles Foundation) ‡ Studies related to shelter dogs and behavior issues

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Better Health for Cats
Then: MAF funds first feline study in 1950
Successes since: ‡ Developed feline leukemia vaccine ‡ Identified diet that controls diabetes mellitus and reduces insulin requirement ‡ Tested drugs that could be beneficial in treating heart and kidney disease, asthma and eye infections ‡ Tested successful antifertility vaccine with potential uses for population control
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Helping Cats Today
‡ Funding new studies into upper respiratory disease that could save lives of thousands in shelters ‡ Developing genetic tools to address major diseases in cats worldwide (Happy Healthy Cat Campaign launches November 2008)

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Better Health for Horses
Then: MAF funds first equine study in 1959
Successes since: ‡ Research led to Potomac horse fever vaccine ‡ Discovery of genetic marker for combined immunodeficiency disease (CID) ‡ Phototherapy to treat eye and facial cancer ‡ New, safer drug combination to control pain in postoperative colic patients
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Helping Horses Today
‡ Global project: Equine Consortium for Genetic Research ‡ Closing in on genetic causes for ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Pasture laminitis Cribbing Foal pneumonia Tying-up Cancer

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Better Health for Wildlife
Then: MAF funds first study in 1967
Successes: ‡ Research and veterinary care to help save the last 700 mountain gorillas on earth ³ it·s the only species of great ape on the rise ‡ Research contributing to the globally celebrated birth of giant pandas in captivity and now in the wild ‡ California legislation passed as a result of MAF-funded research to protect endangered sea otters
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Helping Wildlife Today
‡ Saving endangered frogs ‡ Helping coral reefs reproduce ‡ Managing populations of elephants

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Better Health for Llamas and Alpacas
Then: MAF funds First llama study: 1990 First alpaca study: 1994 GALA: Funded more than $100K since 1991!

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Successes since: ‡ Determined appropriate drug and dosages for preventing meningeal worm in llamas ‡ Determined optimal dose of vitamin D for preventing rickets in young camelids living in certain geographic locations

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Better Health for Llamas and Alpacas
‡ Funded genetic work leading to the alpaca genome sequencing (March 2008) ‡ Safer anesthesia protocol for llamas/alpacas

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Helping Llamas and Alpacas Today
‡ Developing new genetic tools to optimally use alpaca sequence in assessing causes of disease ‡ Assess genetic cause of choanal atresia ‡ Assess pain management regimes/drugs ‡ Develop diagnostic tests to better understand fatty liver syndrome

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

‡ An Integrated (Coding Gene and Microsatellite Marker) Radiation Hybrid Map of the alpaca. Warren Johnson PhD ‡ Discovery of Microsatellites in Alpacas Kylie Munyard ‡ Identifying Markers and Populations for study of inherited traits in South American Camelids. Juan Carlow Marin
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Vaccination to Prevent Disease Caused by Parelaphostrongylus tenuis
Investigators identified and studied four proteins that have potential to serve as vaccines for Parelaphostrongylus tenuis. Research on similar proteins from other parasites indicates that these P. tenuis proteins are excellent targets for vaccination. Investigators hope to test these proteins in a follow-up study. In addition to identifying the proteins, the study discovered that the infectious stage of this parasite can emerge from snails and slugs, and it has the potential to contaminate vegetation and promote transmission of the parasite. Principal Investigator: Dr. Judith A. Appleton, Cornell University Study ID: D01LA-013
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

‡ Dose Titration of Oral and Injectable Moxidectin and Oral Monantel Tartrate in Camelids Lisa Williamson DVM University of Georgia

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

ARF¶s Mission
³To encourage and support scientific research which benefits the North American alpaca industry, primarily in areas of alpaca health and husbandry, genetics and fiber´

Photo by: Kerry Anderson

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Using objective measurements to identify superior characteristics of US alpaca and assist in making Long term breeding decisions. Angus McColl, Yocum McCollTesting Laboratories
‡ A study was conducted to establish a comprehensive profile of US Huacaya alpaca fiber characteristics that will be useful for educational, promotional, policy, selection, and breeding purposes. Alpacas Magazine Summer 2004
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

‡ An Evaluation of Objective Measurements of Luster in Suri Alpaca Fleeces and Comparison with Subjective Assessments

‡

Principal Investigators: Angus McColl and Christopher Lupton, PhD YocumYocum-McColl Testing Laboratory and Texas A and M University System San Angelo, TX $29,050 9/1/089/1/08-8/31/10

‡

‡

100 Suri alpaca samples will be assembled by members of the Suri Network. White, black and 8 standard ARI colors will be equally represented. The full range of luster values and a wide range of fiber diameters will be represented within each color range. Every effort will be made to use samples that are geographically and genetically diverse. The samples will be assessed for color and luster before and after washing by 5 fiber judges and two instruments, the Samba and a near-infrared nearreflectance spectrometer. In addition, each sample will be analyzed for lab scoured yield, fiber diameter, fiber curvature, and staple length and strength. Using data from the Samba instrument, an estimate of luster will be calculated that is independent of color. Subsequently, mathematical relationships between the Samba and NIRS luster measurements versus subjective luster assessments, lab scoured yield, average fiber diameter (and variability), average fiber curvature (and variability), staple length (and variability) and strength (and variability) will be determined. Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Humoral Response to EEE Vaccination in Healthly Alpacas Daniela Bedenice DVM Tuffs University
The purpose of this study is to establish the serological( humoral) response to an Eastern Equine Encephalititis (EEE) vacine (Encevac TM Intervet) in 45 healthy alpacas. $9,855.00
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Partners for Knowledge
‡ ARF cooperates with MAF to provide:
± Alpaca industry input to MAF projects ± Funding support for select MAF projects ± Representation on the MAF Board of Directors and Executive Committee

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Training Veterinary Scientists
‡ Fellowship training and First Award Grants: Trains new scientists ‡ Veterinary Student Scholars: Attract veterinary students to research ‡ Veterinary students graduate with average debt of $119,000 ‡ Recruiting diversity for our future

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Advance Research
‡ Customized research targeting critical animal health issues ‡ More corporations looking to outsource (MAF provides oversight, 8 percent ICR) ‡ Working together to increase revenue for clinical trials ‡ Study sponsorships

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Proactive Research
Diseases of most concern to our ´customersµ:
‡ Dogs: cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies and parasites ‡ Cats: urinary disease, heart/kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, cancer ‡ Horses: laminitis/lameness, colic, foal pneumonia ‡ Llama/Alpacas: We need your input!

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Question: List your top three health issues of concern for llamas/alpacas Give to me after my presentation and I will forward to Morris Animal Foundation

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Sincere thanks to GALA for being a terrific partner

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Happy Healthy Cat Campaign
‡ Response to $1 million Hill·s donation, high interest in genetic research worldwide ‡ Response high to feline health interest worldwide ‡ Response to MAF donor requests for cat focus, similar to the Canine Cancer Campaign ‡ Marketing-driven program: Web, direct mail, external communications, independent of development resources ‡ MAF works closely with industry partners
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

MAF Partnerships
Corporate Partners/Super Heroes

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

2008-2009 Animal Health Studies
Funding nearly 200 traditional studies, consortium grants and veterinary student projects. ~50 institutions worldwide

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

New Partners
Catster Cru Vin Dog Wine Group Disney Dogster Fort Dodge Intervet VCA Animal Hospitals Wells Fargo
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

New Partners
Banfield the Pet Hospital Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research Bow Tie Camp Bow Wow Glaxo-Smith Klein Mars Veterinary
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

New Partners
Merial Motorsport Technology Group Pets Best Insurance PetScreen Procter & Gamble Pfizer Animal Health
Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Team Effort for Animal Health
2008 GALA Conference/Annual Meeting

Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Why Partner with MAF?
‡ 25 staff people to provide oversight, management and marketing/communications support (10 percent administrative fee for newly designed/proactive research) ‡ 25 expert scientists review all traditional studies (dogs, cats, horses and wildlife) ‡ 12 expert cancer researchers and epidemiologists advise on National Canine Health Initiative (includes National Cancer Institute) ‡ 12 expert feline researchers advise on feline genetics consortium (includes National Institutes of Health) ‡ MAF provides 8 percent overhead Research to protect, treat and cure animals

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful