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5th IDHW - Preliminary Schedule

    Preliminary Program Schedule
    13-15 June, 2024, Hotel Scandic Park Helsinki Hotel, Helsinki, Finland



    ***Last updated 26 February 2024 - Subject to Change***



    Thursday 13 June

    Arrival and Registration. The hotel check-in time is 15.00pm.   

    14.00 – 14.45    Welcome Talk; IPFD and the Finnish Kennel Club. 10 Years of the International Partnership for Dogs – Information, Collaboration, Action – Achievements!  The Finnish Kennel Club’s Year of Health – 2024 (Aimée Llewellyn-Zaidi, IPFD and Kirsi Sainio, FKC)  

    14.45 – 16.00    Poster session

    16.30                 Special Talk Session; Humans' complex, diverse, and evolving relationships with dogs. Impacts on their health and welfare, and ours. (Dr. Brenda Bonnett)  

    17.00 – 18.30    Welcome reception

    18.30 -              Explore Helsinki, free time, & get-together




    Friday 14 June

    8.30 – 9.00        Keynote Talk: Jo Gale / Mars Petcare: End Pet Homelessness

    9.00 – 9.40        1st plenary session - Supply and Demand: Dogs Trust (Paula Boyden); Centre for Companion Animal Welfare, Denmark (Peter Sandøe); Experiences from Germany (Peter Friedrich, VDH)  

    9.40 – 10.15       2nd plenary session - Breeding for Health and Well-being: ICECDogs – Healthy dogs through collaborations between veterinary professionals and the Canadian Kennel Club (Enid Stiles); Innate Health in Dogs (Dan O’Neill); Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs – progress and challenges (Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi)

    10.15 – 10.45  Coffee & conversation

    10.45 – 11.40     3rd plenary session – Big Data: Agria Breed Profiles (Annika Forsberg); MyBreedData, and frequency of mutations (Jonas Donner); VetCompass (Dan O’Neill); Collecting data - Opportunities and challenges of national databases (Joanna Ilska)

    11.40 – 12.30     4th plenary session – Does the Colour Matter? Defining Breed vs Variety: Why history matters: the story of closed breed registers in pedigree dogs (Alison Skipper); Crossbreeding and open stud books from a practical and organizational point of view (Helena Skarp & Sofia Malm); Experiences on crossbreeding – breed club and breeder perspective (Paula Horne)

    12.30 – 13.45    Lunch


    Breakout Sessions by Individual Themes - Theme Leaders: Bill Lambert, Kirsi Sainio, Kari Ekenstedt, Heidi Parker

    13.45 – 14.45    Breakout session 1  

    15.00 – 16.00    Breakout session 2

    16.00 – 16.30    Coffee & conversation

    16.30 – 17.30    Breakout session 3

    19.00 – 22.00    Gala Dinner – Hosted by the Finnish Kennel Club




    Saturday 15 June

    8.30 – 9.00    Choose Health Initiative – Laureline Malineau and Charlotte Venet, Royal Canin 

    9.00 – 9.30    Agria Breed Profiles

    9.30 – 10.00    Coffee & conversation

    10.00 – 10.45    Plenary sharing session; summing up and action plans (15 min for each theme)

    11.00 – 11.45    Plenary sharing session and summary; convergence across themes

    11.45 – 12.00    Closing Remarks, Thank You, and IDHW 6th? – Pekka Olson, Chair International Partnership for Dogs

    12.00 – 13.30    Lunch

    Delegates Depart





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