Dr. M. Scott Echols has been actively practicing veterinary medicine and conducting research for over 25 years. What started as the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project in 2013, has grown into the Comprehensive Anatomy Research Project that involves studying all animals. Dr. Echols hand picks and works with researchers worldwide to help unlock the mysteries of biology with a focus on anatomy and applications in clinical medicine. He has invented numerous tools that help researchers better study anatomy.
Anatomy serves as the foundation to understanding an organism. Anatomy helps explain how and why species are adapted to their environment. A thorough understanding of anatomy is also critical to proper diagnosis and treatment of disease- a major focus of Dr. Echols. As a primary goal, Dr. Echols works with researchers that publish their work such that the community at large can benefit from the findings. The ultimate goal is to take those findings and apply them to improve animal care.
Through the years, research has been funded via private donations, non-profit organizations, grants and by Dr. Echols himself. Donations can be made to a general fund that is used to develop studies or to specific projects with clearly defined goals and budgets.
At current time, tax deductible donations are made to the 501(c)3 charity:
Orange County Wildlife Foundation
6512 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, Ca 92683
For specific studies with clearly defined budgets, a link to a Fundly campaign will be created outlining the project and fundraising goal. Donated money then goes to Orange County Wildlife Foundation where it is held until the project is funded. Donations exceeding the goal will go into the ‘general fund’. However, the plan is to turn off the funding campaign once the goal is reached.
Once a defined project has been determined fully funded by the fundraising campaign, Orange County Wildlife Foundation reviews the study and costs. If approved, the Foundation pays the expenses to the research team(s) requesting financial support.
If the donation goal is not reached, the Foundation may choose to use general funds to make up the deficit, request an additional funding campaign or other donation money or postpone funding the study (in which case money would go into the general fund).
Some studies do not require funding and are simply listed as a record of previously funded projects, many of which are active ongoing studies. As publications become available, they will be listed with their respective study.
If you or someone you know would like to contribute via means other than the route presented above, please contact us.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Scott Echols, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)