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BVA congress: Improving the health of pedigree dogs: is enough being done?

    logo_stream_bva_congress.pngFrom the BVA congress held in November 2016


    At the Session offered on Thursday, November 17, 2016: Two paws forward, one paw back: are we making any progress on pedigree dog health? presentations were offered by Dr. Brenda Bonnett DVM PhD, CEO, International Partnership for Dogs and Nick Blayney BVSc MRCVS, Veterinary Advisor, The Kennel Club.





    An article has been included in the December Issue of the Veterinary Record: Title: BVA congress: Improving the health of pedigree dogs: is enough being done?25.covervetrecorddec16.gif



    "Controversies at Crufts in recent years have indicated there is still more to do to improve the health of pedigree dogs. Is the Kennel Club doing enough and can the UK learn from international experiences to help take matters forward? These questions were discussed during a session on pedigree dog health at the BVA Congress last month.
    Georgina Mills reports"





    Nick Blayney's remarks covered in the Veterinary Record article encouraged vets to adopt a 'balanced and informed view of pedigreed dogs'.


    Points covered:

    • numbers: KC registered dogs in comparison to all dogs
    • vets need to be a 'critical friend rather than a critic';
    • historical information on The Kennel Club's approaches to addressing purebred dog health through health programs;
    • The Kennel Club's involvement and assistance of veterinarians who serve on KC and breed club steering groups and committees.


    Dr. Brenda Bonnett's presentation addressed the need for international collaboration, and stressed making a difference in matters of dog health and welfare by working together.


    Points covered:

    • identifying breed problems, duplication of efforts by separate organizations and measuring successes;
    • media and perceptions of health issues - hot topics examples;
    • learning from other kennel clubs;
    • communication - International Partnership for Dogs



    The article (BVA congress: Improving the health of pedigree dogs: is enough being done?) is available in the Journal of the British Veterinary Association (fee).


    Veterinary Record 2016;179:644-645 doi:10.1136/vr.i6644 <>

    Publication: Veterinary Record
    Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
    Date: Jan 1, 2016
    Copyright © 2016, British Veterinary Association



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