Versatility In Poodles

VIP Funded Research

We have an active program of supporting research into the diseases of Poodles.

The majority of our donations are made to support specific research grants funded through the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation. The Canine Health Foundations (CHF) provides peer review and management of these grants.  Grants are funded by directed donations from individuals and dogs clubs such as Versatility in Poodles and by unrestricted donations to the CHF.  The American Kennel Club, Nestle Purina Petcare and Pfizer Animal Health are major corporate donors to the CHF.

The total contributed by Versatility in Pooldes to specific research grants through the AKC CHF through between 1998 and December, 2014 was $70,625. Click on the Name of the Grant below to see and abstract of the research and details of VIP donations.

Year Grant Number Name of Grant Total Funded By VIP
2014 2138 Hypothyroidism 2,500.00
2014 1759 Hemangiosarcoma 2,500.00
2013 2052 Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) 2,500.00
2013 1937 Bloat 2,500.00
2013 1935 Bloat 2,500.00
2013 1759 Hemangiosarcoma 2,500.00
2012 1759 Hemangiosarcoma 5,000.00
2010 1480 Leptospirosis 2,500.00
2010 1422 Oral Melanoma 2,500.00
2010 1415 Canine Allergy 2,500.00
2010 1312 LCP 3,500.00
2009 1139 Hemangiosarcoma 2,500.00
2009 762 Canine Epilepsy Loci 2,500.00
2007 1052A Squamous Cell Carcinoma 6,000.00
2007 858A Canine Pulmonary Hypertension 1,000.00
2006 & 2007 589A Addison's Disease 10,000.00
2005 225 Addison's Disease 2,500.00
2002 2270 Hemolytic Anemia 2,750.00
2002 22226 Addison's Disease 5,875.00
1998 & 1999 1663 prcd-PRA 6,500.00
$     70,625.00

In February of 2012, VIP co-sponsored a study on Understanding the Genetic Basis for Urinary Stones with the Morris Animal Foundation.  Our funded portion was $3,000.

In the summer of 2011, VIP co-sponsored a study on bloat with the Morris Animal Foundation.  Our funded portion was $5,000.

In October of 2010, VIP sponsored a team in the Morris Animal Foundation Canine Cancer Walk in Los Gatos, CA with a donation of $500.

In 2009  and 2010, we funded current research in the amount of $1000 to the Rabies Challenge Fund.  In 2014, we sent an additional $500 to this fund.

Between November 2001 and October 2006, the Poodle Epilepsy Research Project at Florida State under Dr. Barbara G. Licht received a total of $18,285 in direct donations from Versatility in Poodles.

We have an ongoing educational program to help new owners, breeders and potential puppy owners learn about all aspects of Poodle ownership and care from planning a breeding to the geriatric dog. Material is made available to individuals, to clubs and for educational booths at selected fairs and events.

With the Board's agreement, in 2014, it was decided to match donations up to $2500 in Victoria Hoffman's name to the CHF grant  02107 (Landmark Clinical Trial to Establish the Evidence-Based Use of Regenerative Medicine to Treat Tendon Injury in Dogs). We are still collecting donations for this memorial to Victoria, in which “A collaborative group of sports medicine specialists across multiple disciplines are now working to determine if regenerative medicine therapies promote healing through tissue regeneration and reduced scarring. Researchers will conduct the first blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of platelet-rich plasma and stem cells on the most common sporting injury in dogs: supraspinatus tendinopathy, a shoulder injury that is similar to rotator cuff injury in humans.”

We would encourage you to make a tax-deductible contribution to support our efforts by sending a check to:

Versatility In Poodles, Inc.
4061 Highlands Rd
Franklin, NC 28734

Or a contribution may be made via by Paypal at "" using "" as the Recipient's Email address (note that this is a VIP donation in the comments section at PayPal).

Thank you very much for any assistance that you can provide.