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    • News & Highlights



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    Report to Partners





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    • Stay Informed!




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    IPFD News

    • Dr. Brenda N. Bonnett Announces Retirement from IPFD:Brenda Bonnett-21.jpg
      Ever since Dr. Brenda Bonnett proposed the development of a canine health and welfare information network in 2011, she has been the driving force behind the IPFD and

      As IPFD’s first Chief Executive Officer, Brenda was responsible for the development and operation of the IPFD including its technical infrastructure, partnership building, programs and projects, and more. She stepped down from the CEO role on 31 October, 2021 and continued to share her expertise with the international dog community as IPFD’s Veterinary Science Officer until July 2022. The wealth of information that Brenda and IPFD the team created during her tenure remain on as an enduring resource to support the health and welfare of dogs.

      Formerly tenured faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College, Brenda is a veterinarian and Consulting Epidemiologist. Her research and projects in Europe and North America have included the development of national and international programs with kennel clubs; extensive work with / publications on animal insurance data; human-animal interactions, numerous pet welfare initiatives spanning the National Council on Pet Overpopulation (1993) and for the American Humane Association: Cat Welfare Forum (Sept. 2013) and Keeping Pets (Dogs and Cats) in Homes: A Three-Phase Retention Study. As Lead Scientist at Morris Animal Foundation (2010) she assisted in development of the (now titled) Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

      Brenda played a major role in organizing and presenting the first four IPFD International Dog Health Workshops (IDHWs) and subsequent virtual IDHW sessions on canine genetics. She has also been a frequent speaker on topics of animal health, welfare, and human-animal interactions at scientific meetings, as well as to many stakeholders in the dog world (i.e., breed and kennel clubs, judges, and veterinarians). Most recently, Brenda made virtual presentations at the April 2022 Embark Canine Health Summit and the July 2022 Symposium on Healthy Dog Breeding (presented in collaboration with the Canadian Kennel Club and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association).

      We are hopeful Brenda will have many opportunities to continue supporting the health and welfare of animals with her extensive knowledge and experience. We invite our members to leave their best wishes for Brenda in the comments area below (login required) or through her IPFD email account, which will remain active in the near term.

      On behalf of IPFD’s Board, Consultants, and Partners, we thank Brenda for her tireless efforts in the creation of IPFD and for her immense contributions in advancing dog health, well-being, and welfare.




    • We're delighted to announce that the Brachycephalic Working Group (BWG) has signed on as an IPFD Collaborating Partner. The BWG comprises leading UK dog welfare organisations, veterinary organisations, universities, breed clubs, The Kennel Club, and government. BWG aims to improve the health and welfare of brachycephalic (flat faced) dogs by working collaboratively as a multi-stakeholder group to reduce the negative impacts from conformation-related health issues on individual dogs as well as also curbing the current trend towards rising demand for dogs with brachycephaly.





    • IPFD and the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), in collaboration with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), presented the Interactive Symposium on Healthy Dog Breeding: Collective Approaches for the Future on Tuesday, July 12. The online event addressed the challenges, responsibilities, and opportunities related to the health and welfare of dogs with extreme conformation, from the perspective of the breeder, show judge and veterinary community, in addition to the pet industry. IPFD Veterinary Science Officer Dr. Brenda Bonnett was among the distinguished panel of experts on the issue.






    • A new article, Legislation directed at regulating breeding of brachycephalic breeds and purebred dogs, offers links to articles and blogs on DogWellNet which elaborate upon breed-specific, country-specific breeding regulation of brachycephalic and potentially other purebred dog breeds. This article will be updated as more information becomes available. We welcome thoughtful input from other country's stakeholders as to regulatory actions related to the brachy breeds, purebreds, and all dogs.










    Breeds Resources

    Breed of the Month

    This Month We Feature the Dalmatian




    IPFD Partners in Action


    • The WSAVA One Health Committee has begun production of a bi-monthly update that will focus on all current One Health issues that might be of interest to the WSAVA members. They will also issue additional reports as necessary to discuss emerging issues of a time-sensitive nature. View the first One Health Update focusing on SARS-CoV-2 and monkeypox infections here.
    • WSAVA has signed up to a Gender Identity Bill of Rights (GIBOR) created by the Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC) as part of its campaign to address inequalities and inequities faced by the LGBTQ+ veterinary community. View the press release here.


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    • IPFD Contributing Partner The Kennel Club recently launched a new web hub, What we do for dog health, showcasing variety of initiatives which help improve the lives of thousands of dogs and new programmes and educational resources designed to help improve general dog health for future generations.





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    • High-Five...for five years (and counting) of continuous support!: Many thanks to Wisdom Health, Laboklin, EVG Diagnostics, VHLGenetics, and Genomia for 5 years or more of continuous support of HGTD! Donations from our participating GTPs make a big difference to what resources HGTD is able to offer, and to continue to provide support across the canine genetic testing community. 

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    • IPFD Contributor Ian Seath recently posted an article on IPFD's Genetic Diversity workshop, in cropped-de_logo_with-frame_v011-2019.jpgwhich he focuses on discussions on Coefficients on Breeding (COIs) and other factors that kennel clubs and breeders should consider to manage genetic diversity.  




    Ask Aimee              

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    Our HGTD Project Manager, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, provides answers to your questions on canine genetic testing in Ask Aimee. If you’d like to submit a question to Aimee, please email her at



    Get Involved in HGTD!
    We welcome additional participant GTPs, more collaborators from any stakeholders concerned with dog health and welfare, the advice of experts, the participation of breed clubs and other consumer groups. We stand ready to provide more information to ongoing discussions.

    HGTD-logo-10-27-2020-web-png.pngPlease feel free to contact us as we work together for healthy dogs and to support those who breed and own them: HGTD Project Manager, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi.








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    IPFD Milestones to June 2022:
    Report to Partners




    We’ve prepared a Milestones document to update our Partners, Sponsors, and other stakeholders on IPFD’s activities and accomplishments so far this year. It’s posted as an article and available for download in MS Word and PDF formats on

    Highlights include:

    • Information Sharing and Collaboration 2022
    • Breed Specific Work – A Core IPFD Activity
    • Highlighting Actions by Partners
    • Getting the Balanced, Big Picture Message Out
    • Our People
    • Key Links


    Please feel free to contact us anytime with questions, comments, or new ideas on how we can work together for the health, welfare, and well-being of all dogs.


    View the IPFD Milestones Article Here


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    IPFD is truly a "people driven" service organization. We allocate the bulk of our financial resources to maintain a small but dedicated team of consultants to manage our modest resources and facilitate the activities of our stakeholders, with the aim of achieving our collective goals.

    You can specify how your donation is used (support IPFD and its programs and activities OR support the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs). All donations are handled securely via PayPal.

    Click Here to Make a Donation Now 




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