The feline research of the Lyons’ laboratory has been funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Center for Research resources (NCRR) R24RR0016094, and is currently supported by the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs/OD R24OD010928. The laboratory actively seeks competitive and non-competitive funding from a variety of agencies, groups and donors to support genetic studies in feline health and non-health related areas. The Winn Feline Foundation, WALTHAM, the Cat Health Network and private donors have been strong and consistent supporters for various cat research projects. Royal Canin cat food proudly feeds our colony of rcat with genetic traits. The UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health provides internal competitive funding and matching funding for external awards. The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory will assist with research projects and funding that will lead to genetic tests as a commercial service for the cats of owners and breeders. Strong interactions with cat breeders and owners are highly desired and encouraged to help support studies by providing DNA samples from cats, pedigree information and background knowledge of interesting traits and health issues. Important relationships are fostered with all cat registries and associations, such as the CFA, TICA, the GCCF, FiFe, and other organizations worldwide.
To provide target funding support and donations for feline genetics, please contact Dr. Lyons, the Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH) or the School of Veterinary Medicine Development Office. To participate in cat research, please see the list of active research projects or follow this “How to Participate”link.