The Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a forum for the discussion of the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the respiratory system, and the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disease in all animals. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in respiratory problems, including veterinarians, physicians, physiologists, pathologists, respiratory therapists, and other allied health professionals.
The VCRS sponsors lectures at major veterinary meetings (e.g. ACVIM), an Annual Scientific Symposium, an internet web page, graduate research award, and the Joan O'Brien Research Award. The Joan O'Brien Research Award is given at the annual scientific symposium to outstanding resident or graduate student research presentations.