Researchers have until Jan. 1, 2011 to submit proposals to qualify for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) research awards from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI).

During the last eight years, BIVI has contributed at least $75,000 annually through its Advancement in PRRS Research Awards, which have funded three research projects.

The company’s PRRS research award program is open to swine veterinarians, diagnosticians or public and private researchers in the United States, Canada or Mexico. Programs focus on new ways to diagnose, control and eradicate this costly swine disease.

PRRS research proposals must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2011 and awards will be presented during the March 2011 American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

Proposals are selected by an independent review board based on potential economic impact to the swine industry, originality and scientific quality and probability of success in completing the year-long project.

This year three veterinary researchers were recognized for the 2010 Advancement in PRRS Research Awards. Recipients and projects included:

  • Robert Morrison, DVM, University of Minnesota: A study to compare whole-herd exposure programs as an aid in eliminating PRRS virus from sow herds.
  • Paul Yeske, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, MN: A study to evaluate airborne shedding of Ingelvac PRRS ATP vaccine in commercial conditions.
  • Mark Wagner, DVM, Fairmont Veterinary Clinic, Fairmont, MN: A study to evaluate aspirin for reduction of fever and improvement of performance in isowean pigs with uncomplicated PRRS virus infections.

To participate in the research program, submit a proposal, cover sheet, curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation by Jan. 1, 2011 to Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., Attn: Trudy Luther, The Advancement in PRRS Research Award, 5506 Corporate Dr., Suite 1600, St. Joseph, MO 64507-7752.

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