Wild animal health is the missing piece

Diseases are emerging at alarming speeds.

Ecosystems are collapsing.

The world's animals are facing mass extinctions.

It's time we talk about their health.

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The Wild Animal Health Fund was created in 2012 by zoo & wildlife veterinarians at the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians that desperately needed funding for the animals they cared for. Did you know there is little to zero government funding for non-domestic animal health studies? Animals like rhinos get sick, need vaccinations, pain relief, and much more.


Animal health is the missing piece in the puzzle of wildlife conservation. Help us solve it today.

Our Impact

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Different Species Benefitting
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Raised for Health Studies
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Life Saving Projects Funded

Our projects take place around the world,

ensuring that no animal is left behind.

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Hear from the veterinarians themselves!


"We are grateful for the funding that has resulted in these important contributions to wildlife health. Just to let you know, that because of this work, there are now a number of reserves in South Africa that are using our tests to determine whether bovine tuberculosis is present on their properties.  So they truly do have practical applications. "

Dr. Michelle Miller

Stellenbosch University


"This is the best grant ever, what a difference it has made to zoo vets, it really has been a game-changer for all of us and our animals!"

Dr. Ellen Bronson

Maryland Zoo

How Does The Grant Process Work?

Step 1

Veterinarians from around the world apply for funding each November. Applicants must follow criteria set by the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV). Proposals are scored for scientific merit, impact & relevance, feasibility, finances, and technical writing. 

Step 2

Applications are evaluated and scored by the Research Grant Committee (RGC) in March. The RGC is comprised of 8 zoo and wildlife veterinarians, ranging in expertise from pathology to marine animals. 

Step 3

The RGC submits their recommendation to the Executive Committee (EC) of AAZV. Once the EC has made their final approval, applicants are notified. Applicants that did not receive funding receive feedback from the RGC. 

Step 4

Once all applicants have been notified, we can finally tell you the exciting new studies!

This typically takes place in May.

100% of donated dollars goes to research,

never administrative costs or overhead.