IVA Research Bursary

IVA is celebrating a special year in 2021, the 25th anniversary (silver jubilee) of formation of our SIG within the AVA. The SIG has had one or two name changes over the years but its purpose has been consistent: the advancement of knowledge about and application of, complementary medicine as an integral part of veterinary treatment and care for animals.

Each year, the IVA offers funds in the form of a bursary as a reward and incentive for projects, research and science based communication related to integrative medicine.  In this 25th anniversary year, the IVA is seeking for recognition of integrative therapies as a discipline in veterinary medicine, through the development of a career pathway for veterinarian in Integrative Veterinary Practice.  

Details of how to apply and the process for approval are below. Previous recipients are Dr Susan Peden 2020 with her original research work on oxytocin in horses and 2019 Dr Renee O’Duhring for research into clinical application and benefits of titre testing in small animal practice.

The IVA is offering a bursary of $1,500 to an integrative practitioner, student or researcher to support preparation of material that informs veterinarians in the broader veterinary community about the use of and validity of complementary therapies, and/ or that contributes to the scientific knowledge underpinning our understanding of Integrative medicine and/or the development of formal recognition pathway for Integrative Veterinary practice.

The successful applicant will deliver one of the following outcomes:

  • Research and then a poster for an AVA conference
  • Research and then a one hour webinar
  • Research and then a short contribution to AVJ
  • Proposal that will be submitted to the AVA that outline and supports a course format and pathway for an Integrative veterinary practitioner post graduate qualification.

Veterinary practitioners using integrative therapies, researchers and students from all Australian universities in any year of their veterinary studies are eligible to apply for the bursary. Applicants are not required to be members of IVA or AVA.

Applications will be assessed by 'the panel' formed by the IVA executive on the basis of  information provided by the applicant including:

  • Aim of research / project and presentation
  • Methods of acquiring information/data etc.
  • Summary of outcomes expected
  • Practical application of methods discussed in the presentation

Applications must address complementary therapy and support the Position Statement of IVA.

Scope includes but is not limited to practical application of therapies in practice, research, ecology, case studies and treatment protocols and education.

A presentation as media, poster or paper or webinar would be approximately 2000 words or 10 minutes duration and could:

  • Relate to experiences or studies undertaken
  • Present interesting and important information relevant to Integrative medicine

Copyright & promotion

It is a condition of awarding the bursary that the outcome from application of the bursary can be used without fee within the AVA/IVA to:

  • Promote, educate or advance the AVA’s interests and those of the IVA
  • Be presented as a Poster or media presentation at the AVA Conference, IVA stream or published in proceedings, vet voice or other media such as webinars
  • Be printed in the IVA newsletter, website and may be considered for other AVA publications
  • Applications are open until 31st October 2021. Once all applications are received and collated, a panel of IVA Executive Committee members will assess each entry by  9th November 2021.
  • The successful applicant will be advised by the IVA secretary.