Auburn University Awarded Fvd Grant

Jul 19, 2021 | News, Press Releases, Student News

Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry Awards Auburn University $15,000 Grant

Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, President of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry (“FVD”), announced the inaugural University Grant Program recipient for 2021 is the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Veterinary programs with FVD student chapters were invited to submit applications for $15,000 in grant money “toward enhancing their dentistry curriculum via materials and equipment to enable graduates to matriculate with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to diagnose and treat oral disease most commonly encountered in companion animal practice.”

Applicants were asked to describe their current dentistry program as well as their plans to meet the AVMA mandate for dental education, and how the proceeds from the grant would help meet those objectives.  Matching funds from the university as well as a letter of support from the Dean were also components of the application.  A panel of three board-certified veterinary dentists, anonymous to each other, reviewed the applications, rated them on multiple dimensions including the impact of the grant, and Auburn edged out several very strong applications to be named this year’s awardee. 

Dr. Erin Chamorro leads the Auburn dentistry curriculum and will be recognized in person at this year’s Veterinary Dental Forum that takes place in Indianapolis, IN from October 21-24, 2021 ( 


The Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry is a group of individuals are passionate about veterinary dentistry whether that is a dog with a broken tooth, a rabbit with a dental abscess, a horse with a painful bite, or a tiger with a tooth ache.  Education, Research & Outreach: The mission of the Foundation is to educate the public about the importance of oral health in animals, to advance the science of veterinary dentistry with research grants and scientific publications, and to support veterinary dental education among students, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians. To learn more, visit