Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) is again seeking research study proposals to focus on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) – one of the swine industry’s most devastating diseases.

BIVI has contributed $75,000 annually for the last six years through its Advancement in PRRS Research Awards, which funds three selected research programs.

The PRRS research program is open to swine veterinarians, diagnosticians and public or private researchers in the United States, Canada and Mexico to study new ways to diagnose, control and eradicate this costly swine disease.

Research proposals must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2009, and awards will be presented at the March 2009 American Association of Swine Veterinarians annual meeting in Dallas, TX. Proposals are selected by an independent review board based on established criteria including potential economic impact to the swine industry, originality and scientific quality and probability of success in completing the year-long study.

The 2008 Advancement in PRRS Research Award recipients included Jim Lowe, DVM, Carthage Veterinary Service, Carthage, IL; Paul Yeske, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, MN; and Scott Dee, DVM, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

To participate in the research program, submit a proposal, cover sheet, Curriculum Vitae and two letters of recommendation by Jan. 1, 2009 to:

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Attn: Trudy Luther
“The Advanced PRRS Research Award”
5506 Corporate Dr., Suite 1600
St. Joseph, MO 64507-7752.

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