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Cost of Study Visits FAQS

How much does a study visit cost?

The veterinary team’s efforts to collect samples and accurate data for this complex and important study should not be undervalued. The veterinarian determines the cost of the study visit. The owner and veterinarian should discuss the costs before the veterinary visit takes place. The dog owner may opt to receive a $75 reimbursement annually from Morris Animal Foundation to help offset the cost of the study visit; however, all charges for the visit are due in accordance with the veterinary clinic’s normal billing protocols.

Factors for veterinarians to consider when preparing a quote for a Golden Retriever Lifetime Study visit include:

  • Study visits typically take longer than an annual veterinary wellness examination (30–60 minutes).
  • Several samples will be collected by the veterinary team, including blood, urine, feces, hair and toenail trimmings.
  • Some of the blood collected will require centrifugation and serum separation.
  • The veterinary clinic staff will be required to prepare, package and ship all the samples collected on the same day as the visit.
  • Morris Animal Foundation provides all of the collection, packing and shipping materials (including postage).
  • Antech Diagnostics provides the laboratory test results to Morris Animal Foundation and results are shared with the participating veterinarians. The veterinary clinic is not charged.
  • The veterinary team will be required to collect, process, submit and evaluate the laboratory test results; these are valuable services that may be charged to the client.
  • The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a nonprofit study; many veterinarians take this into account when determining the cost of a study visit.
Do owners with dogs enrolled in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study receive compensation for veterinary costs?

Owners are responsible for all costs associated with each annual study visit, and charges for the visit are due in accordance with the veterinary clinic’s normal billing procedures. The dog owner may opt to receive a $75 reimbursement annually to help offset the cost of the study visit. Owners may choose to donate this reimbursement back to Morris Animal Foundation to provide additional support for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

Is the cost of my dog’s study-required veterinary visit tax deductible?

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a nonprofit study managed by Morris Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Consult with your tax professional on the laws and limitations pertaining to the possibility of deducting the costs of your dog’s study-related veterinary visits.

What are the costs associated with a necropsy (post-mortem exam)? Do owners receive reimbursement for these costs?

The veterinarian determines the cost of any procedure, including a necropsy. Owners are responsible for all costs associated with a veterinary visit, and charges for the visit are due in accordance with the veterinary clinic’s normal billing procedures. The owner and veterinarian should discuss the costs and options for necropsy throughout the dog’s life as pre-planning may help ease the stress involved with end-of-life decisions.  The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study offers a reimbursement of up to $500 per dog over the life of the study to collect biopsies and/or perform a necropsy. Please contact the study team at 855.4GR.DOGS or grdogs@caninelifetimehealth.org for reimbursement instructions or if you have additional questions.

How do owners receive reimbursement for participation in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study?

If an owner chooses not to donate the $75 reimbursement back to the study, he or she will be sent a reimbursement card. This card is similar to a prepaid credit card. This card should be retained so annual reimbursements can be added to it each year. Annual reimbursements* will be loaded onto the card after the study team verifies each year’s requirements have been completed (annual owner questionnaire, veterinary examination and sample collection). Once verified, an email is sent to the owner that the card is ready for activation. Owners must call the study team at 855.4GR.DOGS (855.447.3647) to activate new funds on the card each year.

Instead of receiving my reimbursement, can an owner donate the money back to the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study?

Yes. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is managed by Morris Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Owners may choose to donate the annual $75 reimbursement back to the study by selecting that option under the dog’s record on the owner’s My Dogs page. Owners can change this option at any time, but any change made will only apply to future reimbursements.

Is an owner’s contribution to the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study tax deductible?

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a nonprofit study managed by Morris Animal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Consult with your tax professional on the laws and limitations pertaining to the possibility of deducting the costs of your dog’s study-related veterinary visits.

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