LSU School of Veterinary Medicine receives grant from the Hunting Retriever Club Foundation

Dr. John Malone has received this grant for heartworm research for the second year in a row




HRCF GrantBATON ROUGE—Since 2010, the Hunting Retriever Club Foundation (HRCF) has awarded $1,500 annually to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) to support many aspects of veterinary medical research. On July 1, Glenn Stelly, Mark Evans and AJ McDonald presented a check for $1,500 to John Malone, DVM, PhD, professor in Pathobiological Sciences (PBS), in support of his research project entitled, “Molecular epidemiology of emerging avermectin drug resistance by heartworms in Louisiana.” The co-investigator for this research is Cassan Pulaski, DVM (LSU SVM 2013), PhD student and graduate assistant in Clinical Veterinary Parasitology.  


Dr. Malone has worked for the LSU SVM for more than 40 years, beginning his career here in 1974. Dr. Pulaski is from Mandeville, Louisiana and graduated from the LSU SVM in 2013. Drs. Malone and Pulaski’s research includes molecular epidemiology methods to elucidate patterns of emerging resistance to Dirofilaria immitis by investigation of confirmed practitioner-reported field cases in Louisiana. Population genetics studies have been initiated with the aim of defining the extent of potential resistance markers in circulation among Louisiana dog populations. These studies will build on early geospatial studies on heartworm lack of efficacy (LOE) in Avoyelles and Iberia parishes and will focus on identification of candidate resistant population markers in dogs located in foci shown to have a high frequency of LOE as compared to shelter dogs.


The Hunting Retriever Club Foundation awards grants to crucial animal health research projects at various universities and colleges. This is the eighth grant that the LSU SVM has received for research from the HRCF. The Hunting Retriever Club is dedicated to the betterment of Hunting Retrievers as a whole and to influence the breeding and training of a better and finer Hunting Retriever; to provide hunters and Hunting Retrievers a series of actual Hunting tests in a controlled system and furnish an ongoing educational program for the Hunters, for their training, experience, and sporting competition. Further, it is the purpose of this Association to support and protect the inherent rights of its members to own, hunt, bear arms, to promote the breed and type of dog of their choice and promote complimentary conservation and management of game birds and wildlife species commonly pursued by the members of the Hunting Retriever Club, Inc.


The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.


Photo: Glenn Stelly, HRC president; Mark Evans, HRC past president; and AJ McDonald, Amite River HRC president, presented a check to Dr. John Malone on behalf of the Hunter Retriever Club Foundation.