This is sort of an unusual place to post this, however, I feel in my situation this community is a much better resource and I would imagine there are other people who might have the same question.
My quick history is that I am a veterinarian in private practice and I completed a small trial on the use of client-facing telemedicine for postoperative rechecks (study link). It wasn't a monumental study by any means, but I think one of the main differences about it was I'm just a dude in private practice who came up with the idea and had zero financial support. Since I really believe this technology will have benefits in veterinary healthcare, I submitted (and got accepted) to speak at a national veterinary conference in a few months. This is going to incur some significant travel and accommodation costs and I want to know if it would be an ethical breach for me to ask the company that makes the app we used (without their input or even knowledge that we were doing it) for the study to sponsor my costs. I don't know if they'll do it, but I don't see anything out of line with the conference policy in asking as long as I don't give the company any input into my presentation.
I don't really have any mentors in a position like this so it makes it a bit difficult for me to find someone to ask, which is why I'm seeking input here. I also don't think that it being veterinary vs. human medicine makes a difference in this case. Thank you very much in advance, any advice greatly appreciated!
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