Request For Proposal - Fractures in Dogs

Request for Proposal to Conduct Research Study on Non-Surgical Management of Long Bone Fractures in Dogs


Maddie’s Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, is seeking proposals from clinical research scientists to conduct veterinary clinical research of nonsurgical management of long bone fractures in dogs who have been admitted to animal shelters.

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Access to veterinary care is a societal problem impacting millions of people who consider their pet a family member. Due to finances, the gold standard for veterinary treatment is often out of reach for many in the U.S. Some pet owners simply can’t afford surgery which leaves them with the options of nonsurgical management of the fracture, amputation, or euthanasia. Nonsurgical management includes external coaptation (cast, splint, bandage or sling) and cage rest or leash exercise only.

Access to veterinary care is the next big step in revolutionizing the status and well-being of companion animals. Maddie's Fund is funding research exploring the effectiveness of conservative management of long bone fractures in dogs and we're seeking someone to lead this project. We have relationships with several shelters which have a sufficient caseload and are excited about this project. A clinical researcher is needed to design, execute and publish this research.


  1. To evaluate the effectiveness of non-surgical management of long bone fractures in animal shelters when surgery is recommended but not accessible.
  2. To evaluate the outcomes of non-surgical treatment with consideration to age, size and activity level of the pet.
  3. To evaluate the frequency of complications due to non-surgical treatment for long bone fractures.