The Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation (ACAHF) is a non-profit trust founded in 1989.

The Foundation's purpose is to help make the lives of our pets longer, more comfortable and free of disease by helping to fund research. The research projects help further our knowledge of the cause, treatment and prevention of the clinical diseases of companion animal, mainly dogs and cats.

Funding for this type of research is typically not available from government or university funding bodies. The foundation raises money through donations from veterinarians and companies associated with the pet industry, pet owners and other concerned members of the public. All gifts and donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the donor.

Members of the public who would like more information or want to make a donation to the Foundation can read the ACAHF brochure.
ASAV members who wish to make a donation can do so when they renew their annual membership.

What kind of research is carried out?

The type of research funded is wide ranging, but it must be for the direct benefit of companion animal species. Some examples would be investigation into arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, that focus on a better understanding of the basic disorder, and lead to improved methods of treatment and prevention.

Please click here for the 2019 ACAHF Research Grant Application Form.

How does the ACAHF operate?

Individual trustees oversee the operation of the ACAHF and funds donated to the ACAHF are distributed to clinical research projects after careful assessment by a Research Committee, consisting of eminent veterinarians from veterinary schools and private practices around Australia.

Any research involving animals must conform to the very strict welfare guidelines of the AVA, the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Foundation's Research Committee. The trustees of the Foundation monitor all research that is carried out under funding by the Foundation and a progress report is given on each project in the Annual Report.

The ASAV donates office space and administrative support for the Foundation. This helps to keep administrative costs to a minimum and allows virtually all the money donated to the Foundation to be used for the benefit of companion animals.

ACAHF Annual Reports

ACAHF Annual Report 2009

ACAHF Annual Report 2010

ACAHF Annual Report 2011

ACAHF Annual Report 2012

ACAHF Annual Report 2013

ACAHF Annual Report 2014

ACAHF Annual Report 2015

ACAHF Annual Report 2016

ACAHF Annual Report 2017


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