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  3. IPFD is a truly "people driven" service organization. Our structure and resources (a modest budget and small group of consultants, volunteers, and Board Members) facilitate the activities of our stakeholders to achieve our individual and collective priorities for the health and welfare of dogs. As a growing, independent voice within the global dog community, we aim to provide the best possible information and advice to assist our stakeholders in making optimal decisions for their members, customers, and breed(s) of interest. IPFD provides and supports a ‘big picture’, balanced, transparent and integrated approach to the complex challenges for dogs and the people who care about them. Our key audiences are, first and foremost, committed and health-conscious breeders, as well as those who support and advise them (kennel and breed club health committees, breeding advisors, veterinarians, researchers etc.), but also include essentially all those involved in the world of dogs including, kennel/breed clubs; dog owners; the pet industry; and more. Our consultants work tirelessly to engage others who embrace our vision and are willing to share their information, expertise, and passion for dogs. We connect with these stakeholders through our online platform, DogWellNet. com; social media; and direct correspondence; in addition to hosting/ attending face-to-face meetings, conferences (e.g. the IPFD IDHWs), seminars, and other educational/networking events.
  4. Reception within the Dog Community Extensive Outreach: IPFD and DogWellNet.com are being received enthusiastically by the dog community (see examples of media coverage in our IPFD News section), and we are frequently used as a resource and our CEO and other IPFD contributors are approached by partner organizations for veterinary meetings, educational events for breeders and judges, and government and regulatory groups to share international perspectives on tough issues. Recent examples include: Outreach Seminar on Healthy Breeding - 42nd World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress and 23rd FECAVA Eurocongress Breeding healthy dogs: IPFD CEO Dr. Brenda Bonnett talks about the use of breed specific insurance statistics for breeders, breed clubs, veterinarians and other stakeholders AKC-CHF 2017 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference BONNETT - AKC-CHF Presentation - Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs | BONNETT Abstract - CHF June 2017 Collaborative Inspiration: The IDHWs bring together decision-leaders from over 20 countries to improve cooperation on shared goals and to promote needed actions. Read: Moving from information and collaboration to action: report from the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop, Paris in April 2017 Trusted Expertise - An Independent Voice: We are also increasingly viewed as an important independent voice - with a view of the entire landscape - such as during recent discussions on genetics and genomics for dogs. Join us: IPFD encourages potential contributors, collaborators, sponsors, and others in the dog world to contact us (see below) to explore ways for us to work together in furthering the health, welfare, and well-being of dogs.
  5. Join us on Social Media... https://www.facebook.com/InternationalPartnershipForDogs/ https://www.instagram.com/ipfdogs/ https://twitter.com/IPFDogs https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpHRNqp4m-9g5UoHDQ6IeOQ See a selection of Press articles related to IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing HERE. Our People - News In December 2019 IPFD welcomed five new Board members - representing a broad array of international stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare . They include: Bill Lambert, IPFD Vice-Chair, (UK); Dave Eikelberg (USA); Marty Greer (USA); Grégoire Leroy (France); and Barbara Thiel (Germany). They join continuing Board Members: Dr. Pekka Olson, IPFD Chair (Sweden); Peter Friedrich (Germany); Kirsi Sainio (Finland); and IPFD Chief Financial Officer Ulf Uddman (Sweden). Building on the outstanding work of the initial IPFD Board (Board Members transitioning out at the end of 2019 included: Caroline Kisko (UK), Jean-Pierre Genevois (France), and Patricia N. Olson (USA)), the Board will continue to guide IPFD's work to improve the health, well-being, and welfare of all dogs worldwide. The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is also delighted to introduce Monique Megens as its first Chief Operating Officer (COO). See Our People's profiles Here. 29 June 2019 |VET RECORD - Volume 184, Issue 26 Improving the health of pedigree dogs By Suzanne Jarvis "A RANGE of actions are needed to improve the health of pedigree dogs, and multiple stakeholders must be engaged for progress to be made.That was the outcome from the fourth International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW), held earlier this month and hosted by the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) and The Kennel Club in the UK." DWN's article... Vet Record News - 4th IDHW workshop - "Improving the health of pedigree dogs" This article includes comments made by the IPFD's CEO, Brenda Bonnett, The Kennel Club's Caroline Kisko, Dan O’Neill, senior lecturer in companion animal epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College, and BVA's Daniella Dos Santos - comments focused on stakeholder involvement and actions for dog health, well-being and welfare.
  6. See the September 2016 IPFD Presentation to the Kennel Club's Breed Health Coordinators 2.45 MB · 0 downloads IPFD_Presentation to KC BHCs Sept 2016_post meeting notes_for DWN-web.pdf Are you involved in a dog club for your breed? Would you like to share information from your kennel club, breed club or country with DogWellNet.com? Already a DogWellNet.com Member? Sign In, make sure your profile is up-to-date and see Next Steps, below. Visiting us as a guest? Sign Up to participate. Sign Up is open to the public and new participants automatically become DogWellnet.com Members Members of DogWellNet have access to content including our partner organizations' work on breed management strategies, articles and health data on breeds located throughout the world. Members can participate in Member Forums, may comment on material and have access to some content that is not available to those viewing the site as a guest. Register at http://dogwellnet.com/register/ to become a DogWellNet Member! Please make sure you fill in your profile. Help is available to set up your account. Next Steps: Contact us if you want to actively participate in providing content. How? Contact us at https://dogwellnet.com/contact/ Who? We are especially keen to connect with Breed Club or other Health Committee representatives or others looking at health and breeding issues. Why? Our goal is to facilitate the sharing of expertise and resources and to profile the good work done being done throughout the dog world with the focus on 'Sharing and Caring for Dogs'. What? Have a look through information in the Pedigreed Dogs database, e.g. check out the Irish Wolfhound to see the type of information we are trying to build. Do you have breed-specific information to share - links, health surveys, seminar presentations, breed management strategies (e.g. RAS and JTO), research papers or projects, etc. etc. A key goal of DogWellNet.com is to promote and facilitate international collaboration. Our purpose is to provide expert commentary and guidance in interpretation and use of information pertaining to dog health and welfare topics and issues. JOIN US! to collaborate with the global dog world on DogWellNet.com - the web platform of the International Partnership for Dogs - as we work to enhance the health, well-being and welfare of dogs.
  7. 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. Your generous donation to support IPFD and its programs helps ensure our long-term sustainability and supports ongoing efforts to create an enduring global collaboration that enhances the health, well-being, and welfare of all dogs worldwide. By supporting the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative you can help us improve standardization of, and access to, robust genetic testing to support health improvements and a sustainable future for healthy dogs.
  8. Click the links below to view resources from each IDHW: 2012: 1st International Dog Health Workshop, hosted by the Swedish Kennel Club, Stockholm, Sweden 2015: 2nd International Dog Health Workshop, co-hosted by the German Kennel Club (VDH), in Dortmund, Germany 2017: 3rd International Dog Health Workshop, co-hosted by the French Kennel Club (SCC), Paris, France 2019: 4th International Dog Health Workshop, co-hosted by the Kennel Club, Windsor, UK Stay tuned for announcements on the 5th International Dog Health Workshop in 2021!
  9. One of the major IPFD projects, the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) arose from discussions at the International Dog Health Workshops (IDHWs); the HGTD is a proud achievement, exemplifying the IDHW’s tagline: From Information and Collaboration to Action! The goal of the HGTD is to improve standardization of, and access to, robust genetic testing to support health improvements and a sustainable future for healthy dogs. It is a portal for information on Genetic Testing Providers (labs); genetic tests, and tests by breed. There are two major components: the Quality Testing Database and Genetic Counselling resources. Information pertaining to genetic testing including genetic terms, FAQ's, accreditation, guidelines, standards and more is available HERE. As of January 2020 the HGTD Database now includes 76 academic and commercial genetic test providers (GTPs) in 22 countries. The database currently includes information on accreditation and tests for 42 collaborating GTPs; 37 non-participating GTPs are also listed. Our searchable genetic phenes database currently holds information on 300+ phenes across all breeds/types, and provides a plethora of information on each phene: links to OMIA, gene + mutations, a simple and advanced disease description, inheritance details, links to original publications, patents/licenses, comments from the original researchers/experts on application, and breed specific information (such as research/validation) - where possible. Go to the HGTD! Our projects moving forward in 2020... Expanding engagement of GTPs, Integration of Expert Panels, Health Strategies Database (HSDD), and the Get a GRIHP Program) to enhance breed-specific information and outputs We are pleased that we continue to have sponsorship and support from many of our key Leadership Sponsors to develop our work for 2020. We would welcome anyone with an interest in contributing to, or participating in, the HGTD project to contact us. We are particularly keen to engage with academic and research institutions providing testing, who are concerned about ensuring genetic testing is a beneficial and responsible resource. Contact: IPFD CEO Brenda.Bonnett@ipfdogs.com or Project Director Aimee.Llewellyn-Zaidi@ipfdogs.com HGTD NEWS In this article we present a collection of links and excerpts from media coverage of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative. We will be adding more content as media articles are published. In the News: Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs ALSO: See the HGTD summary article for Additional Information: HGTD Rationale and Background
  10. IPFD's Annual Reports summarize our achievements and preview our plans for the future IPFD Annual Report 2018: Hitting Our Stride IPFD Annual Report 2018 - Web (1).pdf IPFD Annual Report 2018 - In German IPFD 2018 - German Summary (1).pdf IPFD Annual Report 2017: Building for the Future IPFD Annual Report 2017 Final for Web (2).pdf IPFD Annual Report 2016: A Community Growing Strong IPFD Annual Report 2016 (1).pdf IPFD Annual Report 2016 - en Français IPFD Annual Report 2016 - français (1).pdf IPFD Annual Report 2015: A Community Takes Shape IPFD Annual Report 2015 (1).pdf
  11. IPFD Officers and Board Brenda Bonnett - CEO, International Partnership for Dogs - Canada As the driving force behind the creation of IPFD and the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Brenda is responsible for the development and operation of the IPFD including Partnership building, programs and projects, and more. Formerly tenured faculty at the Ontario Veterinary College, Brenda is a veterinarian and Consulting Epidemiologist. Her research and projects in Europe and North America include, e.g., 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, e.g., 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 is a frequent speaker on topics of animal health, welfare and human animal interactions at scientific meetings (e.g. Waltham-WSAVA Welfare symposium at the North American Veterinary Conference, 2013); plenary at Association of International Human Animal Interactions Organizations, Stockholm 2010, as well as to many stakeholders in the dog world, i.e., breed and kennel clubs, judges and veterinarians. Since the autumn of 2011 Brenda has spearheaded the work which has resulted in the creation of the IPFD and DogWellNet.com. Academic: BSc, DVM, PhD Papers (79) in refereed journals: 60 companion animals/ human-animal interactions/ education, 11 food animal, 8 horse; Co-author of book chapters: Selective Breeding, in Companion Animal Ethics: Sandoe, P, Corr, S and Palmer, C. (in preparation); Epidemiology and the Evidence-Based Medicine Approach, in Withrow and Vail / Small Animal Clinical Oncology, 5th Edition. Saunders, 2012; Evidence-Based Medicine: Critical Evaluation of New and Existing Therapies, in Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine. A.M. Schoen, S.G. Wynn (ed), Mosby, 1998. Supervisor/Co-advisor of 12 Doctoral (PhD, DVSc) and 10 MSC students; examiner on numerous qualifying exams and thesis defences. Other affiliation: President, B Bonnett Consulting, Canada Pekka Olsen - Chair, IPFD Board - Sweden Veterinarian 1975, DVM, DR. h.c. (Honorary Doctorate Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) 2013. Clinician/lecturer at the faculty of veterinary medicine, SLU, 1976 – 1996. Working at Agria Animal Insurance since 1996 and ongoing where he has had various roles including Veterinary Manager, Marketing Manager, Managing Director of Agria Pet Insurance, in the UK. Currently: Manager for Veterinary Strategies, Agria Animal Insurance, Sweden Chair, Swedish Kennel Club (re-elected to 2nd term in 2019) Vice Chair, Hundstallet (Swedish dog shelter and humane organization) On the boards of the Agria/SKK Research Fund; the Swedish/Norwegian horse research foundation, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and Tröfast AB (an IT company providing service to 50% of Swedish veterinary practices). Bill Lambert - Vice Chair IPFD Board, UK Bill Lambert is Head of Health and Welfare at the Kennel Club, where he has worked since 2005. He has overall responsibility for their numerous health and welfare initiatives, which include the Breed Health and Conservation Plans, tools for breeders to help breed healthy dogs and the numerous health schemes that the Kennel Club are involved in as well as having overall responsibility for Kennel Club Breed Rescue. In addition, he is the chief Kennel Club spokesperson, and as such represents the KC both in the media and on internal and external committees and groups, including in Parliament. He is an IEMA approved Lead Auditor and formulated the process for assessing breeders’ premises on behalf of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme – the Kennel Club is the only body worldwide currently able to provide UKAS certification to dog breeders. Bill is also a recognised authority on the Bull Terrier Breed, is a successful breeder and judge, and was former Vice-Chair of the Bull Terrier Club as well as being a volunteer for The Bull Terrier Club (UK) Welfare Trust. He has lobbied for changes to the Dangerous Dogs act since its inception in 1991. His previous career involved providing customer service where he has a long history in raising and applying accreditation standards as well as being involved in the specialised IT and print industries, where he ran a successful printing business for a number of years as well as being employed in the advertising industry, where he was responsible for the delivery of the world’s largest newspaper advertising campaign. Currently: Senior Health & Welfare Manager, The Kennel Club Peter Friedrich – IPFD Board Member - Germany Education and Profession Studies in Psychology and Biology; Professor for Psychology and Criminology : Analysis of extremely violent actions, especially cases of murder in the context of investigations, when the offender is unidentified, in the context of interrogation and questioning of accused, suspects and witnesses, in the context of court cases, in the context of prevention Memberships: Allgemeiner Deutscher Rottweiler Klub since 1980, Deutscher Windhundzucht- und Rennverband since 2000, Deutscher Doggen Club 1888 since 2005 Breeding and Racing Society 2008 - 2011 Working Judge (IPO, FH, BH) since 1990; Specialist Breed Judge since 2008 Honouring : Großes Hundeführer-Sportabzeichen mit Kranz of the German Kennel Club (VDH) 1989 Kennel Rottweiler "vom Sternbogen" together with Elvira and Reinhold Mühle and Manfred Mayer; Tahuara's Greyhounds and Sloughis , Owner: Heide Friedrich (Teamwork) Currently: President of the German Kennel Club (VDH) since 2009 Professor for Psychology and Criminology Kirsi Sainio – IPFD Board Member - Finland Education: Ph.D., University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine 1998 Adjunct Professor in Developmental Biology, University of Helsinki 1999 - ;Principal Investigator, Institute of Biomedicine, Biochemistry and Developmental Biology 2003 – ; Senior University Lecturer, Institute of Biomedicine 2008 – Research Activities: 50 original scientific articles; Other publications: 15 (chapters in books, reviews); Supervisor of numerous Ph.Ds and master’s thesis Public Relationships: Specialist in Radio Broadcasting and TV news and special programs (Finnish Broadcasting Company News, Finnish Broadcasting Company Prisma-program; Swedish Radio Vega etc.), interviews to Newspapers; Numerous articles in magazines Currently: Member of the Board of The Finnish Kennel Club 2008 Finnish Kennel Club: Chair of the Breeding and Scientific Commission Finnish Kennel Club: Chair of the DNA-group Nordic Kennel Union: Chair of the Scientific Committee and DNA-group Fédération Cynologique Internationale; Scientific Commission, member Fédération Cynologique Internationale; Breeding Commission, member and secretary Finnish Kennel Club: conformation judge (FCI group 3; Terriers) The Skye Terrier Club of America, Health Committee Chairperson Skye Terriers since 1974, breeder (prefix of Skyeline). Dave Eikelberg – IPFD Board Member - USA Dave Eikelberg lives in Knoxville, Tennessee in the USA and has been married 38 years to his wife Kennetha. They have one son (an attorney in Boston, Massachusetts), and Dave and Kennetha are expecting their first grandchild in January of 2020. Dave grew up on an apple orchard in Indiana and learned the value of hard work. He later joined the United States Navy as a propulsion engineer and served in the Pacific and Atlantic fleets earning commendations and an honorable discharge. From the Navy, Dave went directly into industry refueling commercial nuclear power plants and eventually went on to work at the Department of Energy as a nuclear safety analyst, where he currently works. Throughout those years Dave earned a Master’s degree in Information Technology and completed all his coursework for a PhD in Business specializing in Project Management. He also became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute. Throughout all those years, Dave and Kennetha enjoyed raising and breeding dogs of many types including Maltese, Boxer, Bull Dog, Afghan Hounds, and currently, they breed Black Russian Terriers. Their four Black Russian Terriers, Zeus, Enya, Hunter, and Saphira keep them busy and passionate about responsible breeding, health testing advocacy, and the future health of canines throughout the world. His work with the Black Russian Terrier Club is an example of his dedication to canines of all types as he is developing a health research program in cooperation with various U.S. institutional research organizations to benefit the BRT. Dave looks forward to bringing his business, financial, and practical dog breeding and rearing experience to the IPFD and helping to further the position of the IPFD as the global leader in canine advocacy. Marty Greer - IPFD Board Member - USA Dr. Marty Greer received her Bachelor of Science in 1978, her DVM in 1981 from Iowa State University, and her JD in 2010 from Marquette Law School. Dr. Greer and her husband, Dr. Dan Griffiths, own Veterinary Village and International Canine Semen Bank WI-IL. She has a special interest in Pediatrics, Small Animal Reproduction and behavior. They have 2 married grown children, Katy (Tim Anderson) and Karl (Kelly) and one grandson, Jorin. In addition, they raise and show Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Danish-Swedish Farmdogs (and Bengal cats in the past). Her family has raised six puppies for Canine Companions for Independence, a bona fide service dog program that trains all varieties of assistance dogs except those for visually impaired handlers. She is Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health, a catalog company. Dr. Greer practices law part-time with her law partner, Sheila Kessler, at Animal Legal Resources, LLC. Her passion is to educate clients and keep puppies and kittens healthy. Dr. Greer's work on education and outreach extends to a wide range of breeders, e.g. through her work with AKC on the Bred by Heart program, as well as commercial breeders on topics of theriogenology, breeding standards, and kennel management. She is a serious foodie, loves beer, cooking, knitting, and photography. Dr. Greer has recently published the book: Canine Reproduction and Neonatology – for Veterinarians, Veterinary Staff, and Breeders. Currently: Veterinarian, Co-owner Veterinary Viillage, Lomira, WI; Law partner at Animal Legal Resources LLC. Gregoire Leroy– IPFD Board Member - France Grégoire Leroy hold a PhD in animal genetics. He is, assistant professor at INRA/AgroParisTech Génétique Animale et Biologie Intégrative joint unit since 2008. His research activities focus on characterization, sustainable management and conservation of animal genetic resources. Academic: PhD, HdR 43 peer reviewed publications; 6 chapters in book; 6 books or reports. Currently: Assistant professor at AgroParisTech and currently seconded to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club): Scientific Commission, member Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club): Breeding Commission, member Fédération Cynologique Internationale: Scientific Commission, member View Grégoire's Blog on DogWellNet.com Barbara Thiel – IPFD Board Member - Germany Education and Profession: Veterinarian, graduated in 2000 at the Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen. Worked for Royal Canin since being a student, then in the department for training and development as well as in the private label department at Fressnapf / MaxiZoo for seven years. Since 2013 and ongoing employed at Bewital petfood. Memberships: Rassezuchtverein für Hovawart-Hunde e.V. since 1991, Deutscher Windhundzucht- und Rennverband since 2002, De Greyhound Club (NL) since 2018. Co-Breeder of "Koseilata’s"-Whippets from 2003 – 2018. Doing temperament tests for breeding licenses in many different breeds for the VDH and the DWZRV since 2012. Currently: R & D, training and development, Bewital petfood, Germany Head of the Breeding Board of the German Sighthound Association (DWZRV) Liaison for IPFD at the German Kennel Club (VDH) Currently owner of 9 Skye Terriers in USA and in Finland and 1 Airedale Terrier Ulf Uddman – CFO, Sweden CEO of Svenska Kennelklubben (SKK) since 1984. Before that he was employed at EY (firm of accounts) after studying economics at the Stockholm University. Ulf has been the SKK representative in a number of governmental investigations regarding animal issues e.g. animal protection, disease control and import of pets. Representing the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in various international working groups e.g.: the development of an ISO-standard for chips for pets, FCI Task Force 2010 producing an operational plan for a modernization of FCIs activities. Currently: CEO, Swedish Kennel Club, (Svenska Kennelklubben (SKK)) Chair, Board of the Hundstallet (Swedish dog shelter and humane organization) Member of the Boards: Agria/SKK Research Fund, Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU) Research Fund for Pets Monique Megens - COO - Spain Monique has a passion for companion animal health and welfare. She dedicates much of her time to help raise awareness, to liaise between stakeholders, and to help ensure companion animal health and welfare is high on the international agenda. Graduating from Utrecht University, The Netherlands (1998), Monique started her career as a companion animal veterinary practitioner. In 2008, she sold her clinic to work as an independent project manager and consultant. Monique has been involved in veterinary politics in Europe for many years, serving among many positions as the President of the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA). On behalf of FECAVA, she was a member of the joint Union of European Veterinary Practitioners (UEVP) & Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) Animal Welfare Working Group. She was responsible for the European veterinary position paper on stray dogs, the position paper on (il)legal dog trade, and the position paper on the responsible breeding of dogs. Monique has been a speaker on these topics at many International conferences. Currently, she is a member of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Hereditary Disease Committee, a member of the Health Committee of the Dutch Kennel Club, and of course, the COO of the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD). In 2019, Monique moved to Spain. Together with her husband, her son, and her German shepherd dog, she enjoys the beautiful countryside of the island of Ibiza. IPFD Consultants Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi - HGTD Project Manager, USA Aimee is responsible for maintaining the quality and completeness of data in the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs database. This includes updating the generic phenes (test) information. Aiimee coordinates the Breed Relevance Rating and is close communication with our Collaborating Experts. In addition, Aimee fields queries from our DogWellNet.com members and breeders on issues related to genetics and genetic counselling. You can contact her: Aimee.Llewellyn-Zaidi@IPFDogs.com Formerly Head of Health and Research at the Kennel Club, Aimee provided bespoke advice to Kennel Club clients, and developed evidence-based canine health resources and engagement programmes for the public and professional.Aimee's experience at the Kennel Club included: development of the Health Team, active engagement and involvement with committees of the Kennel Club and British Veterinary Association (Canine Health Schemes); direct collaboration with international universities, and the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, and engagement with exciting external projects such as Vet Compass (RVC), and as a speaker at BSAVA Congress, as well as numerous publications and media engagements. Aimee was also involved in the initial development of the journal “Canine Genetics and Epidemiology,” and remains active as an editorial board member. When not working on Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs, Aimee spends her time walking her Pembroke Corgi, McDuff. Ann Milligan - DogWellNet Website Content Manager She spearheads collaborative efforts to build breed-specific content and to expand our Breeds Database and and maintains the ever-increasing wealth of information on DogWellNet.com. Ann's youth involved spending many weekends with her parents training Labrador Retrievers and attending AKC Field Trial events; so dogs, the sport of purebred dogs and AKC events have always been a big part of her life. As an adult, Ann's involvement with Bernese Mountain Dogs started when she purchased her first Berner in 1983, and shortly after, became a part of the BMD community when she joined the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Southeast Wisconsin and the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America in 1984. From 1985 through 2003, Ann was active in showing and breeding BMDs under the kennel name BonMead; the breeding program focused on breed temperament, soundness, health and longevity, produced 23 home bred litters. Ann has served in many different roles in Bernese Clubs since 1984, working in breed education, rescue, and website development/management. Experiences gained while working with dog clubs include event hosting execution, graphic and print arts branding, and fundraising at Regional and National levels. She became an AKC Conformation judge for BMDs in 2006 and judged intersex at the 2018 BMDCA National Specialty. Currently, Ann is the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America’s website committee chair, content manager, and a site developer, and serves as webmaster for a regional BMD club. Dave St. Louis - Communications Specialist - Canada Dave is a seasoned communicator with more than two decades of diverse experience in communications, public relations, and marketing. As a member of the DogWellNet Team, he helps develop and manage website content, produces DogWellNet Digest and IPFD's Annual Reports, and co-manages IPFD's social media accounts. In addition to being one of Mindy the Golden Doodle's favourite humans, Dave maintains a small menagerie of more exotic critters, including chameleons, geckos, birds, and tropical frogs. James Skinner - Recording Secretary - UK James Skinner acts as the recording secretary for the IPFD, taking minutes at meetings and teleconferences. His day job is PA to the Secretary of the Kennel Club in the UK. He has worked for the Kennel Club for the past sixteen years and finally got his first ever dog, Bertie the Westie, in July 2018. James Skinner - Recording Secretary - UK James Skinner acts as the recording secretary for the IPFD, taking minutes at meetings and teleconferences. His day job is PA to the Secretary of the Kennel Club in the UK. He has worked for the Kennel Club for the past sixteen years and finally got his first ever dog, Bertie the Westie, in July 2018. IT Consultants Robert Simons - Provisionists - Web Management Provisionists provides IT support and management for DogWellNet.com Michael Edwards - Coding Jungle - PHP Programmer Developer for DogWellNet.com
  12. IPFD At-a-Glance: Non-profit, registered in Sweden Independent, international, multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary Facilitates collaboration and sharing of information and bringing the dog world together for action to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare. Our Partners and Collaborators are organizations that share our interest in dog health, well-being, and welfare. Our Founding Partners were national kennel clubs, international cynological organizations, and from pet industries; our collaborating partners include groups from academic institutions, breed specific interests, educational and professional organizations (include both for profit and non-profit organizations). The target audiences for our online platform DogWellNet.com (see below) are first and foremost committed and health-conscious breeders, as well as those who support and advise them (kennel and breed club health committees, breeding advisors, etc.), but also include essentially all those involved in the world of dogs including, veterinarians; researchers; kennel/breed clubs and their members; dog owners; and more.
  13. A Continuing and Sustainable Development The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) and DogWellNet.com have come into being following a long history of efforts by many stakeholders to address dog health and well-being. An abbreviated timeline of key developments will highlight the complexity of issues addressed by the IPFD and DogWellNet and will list some of the many supporters and collaborators that have contributed directly or indirectly to this important work. Development was inaugurated under the patronage of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). The major contributors (in-kind and funding) since 2011 have been, chronologically, the Agria Animal Insurance-Swedish Kennel Club Research Fund, the Swedish Kennel Club (SKK), and the FCI; as well as, other national kennel clubs (from Finland, The UK, France, Germany, Ireland, and the USA (AKC)). This document presents an historical background to the work and current status. Timeline: Understanding the Sequence of Development 1994-Present - Historical Underpinning: Collaborative work to develop and use the Agria Pet Insurance Database (Agria) to provide breed-specific statistics on disease and death in dogs. Partnership with Swedish Kennel Club (SKK); material used by all Swedish breed clubs to develop breed-specific breeding strategy document (RAS); also used in support Breed Specific Instructions for judges program. Breed Updates also used in Denmark and Norway. Many international presentations and workshops to various stakeholder groups: breeders, breed clubs and health committees, international veterinary and scientific congresses, human-animal interaction meetings, dog judges, government welfare committees in addition to numerous publications in refereed scientific journals. Leading national kennel clubs (KCs) and other stakeholders, e.g., Agria Animal Insurance, Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), and many professional, welfare, academic and other organizations are doing their own work on issues of health, well-being, and welfare of dogs. It is becoming increasingly apparent that many important issues are truly international in nature, and many of these groups increase collaborations with others. From 2008... Kennel clubs (KCs) everywhere are under pressure to improve and expand activities under almost all areas of their mandate (e.g. breeding, legislation, information technology, etc.). Two global examples: Media and societal pressure about health, well-being, and welfare in dogs Need to be more proactive in addressing issues and highlighting positives of dogs, in general, purebred dogs and shows/performance and breeding Regulatory issues, governments, etc., e.g. dangerous dog legislation, restrictions; guidelines for dog breeders (especially commercial) Similar efforts in many countries; poor synthesis of existing information, decisions not always evidence-based KCs, breeders and other stakeholders need improved access to existing information and resources Many stakeholders/KCs have a lot to share, however, many resources are difficult to locate and language may pose difficulties. Once information is found or assembled, there is a need for synthesis and expert evaluation of that information to promote guidance- and evidence-based decision making. Issues affecting the health and welfare of dogs are global in scope, therefore international collaboration and co-operation are needed. Fall 2011: Dr. Brenda Bonnett makes a proposal to develop a canine health and welfare information network, which is funded by Agria-SKC Research Foundation, to: Capitalize on the strengths of the international cynological community through enhanced sharing of information and expertise and facilitation of on-going collaboration Present a ‘united front’ (all KCs/stakeholders together for the good of dogs) Build a sustainable model to accomplish goals/address needs. Specifically: Create an Organization (i.e. The International Partnership for Dogs (originally 'Sharing and Caring for Dogs)) that will oversee development of the internet resource (DogWellNet.com). This will facilitate partnerships and sharing of costs for long term functionality. Initially to be organized under the direction of the SKK due to its extensive experience with Information Technology (IT) development and a willingness to commit further resources to this development. However, other partners will be a key part of the development. Enhance distribution of information to underpin decision-making Develop and support international partnerships Provide a forum for informed discussion by stakeholder experts AND TO PRESENT THIS INITIATIVE AS PART OF THE DOG HEALTH WORKSHOP IN STOCKHOLM, JUNE 2012 AS UNDERPINNING DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL PLATFORMS. The Agria-SKC Research Foundations directs project team to first meet with FCI, as a globally recognized leader in cynology, to determine if they are willing and able to take a leadership role in the development of this resource. Spring 2012 - December 2013: Work with/support from FCI: Presentation of background and proposed structure for the information network, at that time called Sharing and Caring for Dogs, to the FCI General Committee (GC) in Vienna. The GC decides the initiative is relevant and refers the project to the Working Group 2012 (originally called Back to the Standards). The working group presents a proposal to the GC in October 2012. (No decision from the FCI, at that time) Spring 2013: At the end of March 2013, the GC allocated funds for a contract with an IT company to help further define the platform for the Information Network and to engage Dr. Bonnett to organize, support and summarize that work. This work was overseen by Ulf Uddman of the SKK. Presentation on the initiative to the General Assembly in Budapest in May. Summer 2013: FCI allocates further funds to continue development and authorizes Project Team to engage other potential partners. Fall 2013: Formal proposal submitted to the GC and presentation made (The FCI decides not to take primary responsibility for this development.) Parallel Development: In June 2012, the Dog Health Workshop occurred in Sweden. (Organized by SKK with other partners, funded by SKK and other sponsors) Over 20 countries were represented by 120 geneticists, researchers, veterinarians, dog breeders, cynologists (many from FCI), judges, welfare organizations, government/regulatory representatives, and more. The Sharing and Caring initiative and design was seen as an appropriate platform to facilitate the international collaboration and distribution of knowledge, expertise and experience that all agreed was crucial in order to address many issues related to health and well-being of dogs at a global level. In the final summary session, the participants collectively agreed that there was a need for a collaborative structure, i.e. a Foundation/Organization that would function to bring together stakeholders in dog health and well-being. Representatives of FCI, The Kennel Club (i.e., Steve Dean, Chairman) and various FCI member KCs (e.g. all Nordic clubs and Germany) indicated that they supported and were willing to spearhead the development and establishment of this Organization. As the needs/desired initiatives identified by the many stakeholders were very similar to the work started with Agria-SKC and with FCI it was, essentially, decided to await developments on that front rather than possibly duplicating efforts. Project Team (2012-2013): FCI and SKK/Agria-SKK Research Fund supports ongoing development. Many experts volunteer time and expertise. Discussions ongoing with other potential partners (other KCs, etc.) (who self-fund to attend meetings and support experts and staff to provide information and expertise), including The Kennel Club (UK), and the national KCs of Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, and Finland, among others. December 2013 - Spring 2014: Funding provided by Founding Partners to support basic web development by Dr. Brenda Bonnett, together with Topshare (IT company in The Netherlands), Continued meetings and communication with other national KCs to refine possible structure and function of the IPFD June 2014: Confirmation of Commitment by the Founding Partners: The national KCs of Sweden, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, The KC (UK), The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (USA), and the Agria-SKK Research Fund. August 2014: The first meeting of the Board of the International Partnership for Dogs was held Thursday 28th August at the Kennel Club in London. The Board is comprised of Pekka Olson (Chair, Sweden), Caroline Kisko (Vice Chair, UK ), Eddie Dziuk (USA), Peter Friedrich (Germany), Jean-Pierre Genevois (France), Patricia Olson (USA), Kirsi Sainio (Finland). Brenda Bonnett (Canada) is the Chief Executive Officer and Ulf Uddman (Sweden) is the Chief Financial Officer. See brief curriculum vitae for the current IPFD Board here. Fall 2014: Engagement of further Initiating Partners (e.g. Irish Kennel Club); continued development of DogWellNet.com. FCI maintains Founding Patron status. Cooperation with the German Kennel Club (VDH) on plans for the 2nd International Dog Health Workshop 2015: Launch of DogWellNet.com at the 2nd International Dog Health Workshop in Dortmund, Germany. The American Kennel Club joins as an Initiating Partner; Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club) agrees to host 3rd IDHW. 2016: Organization of the IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop together with host Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club) Launch of the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative, including engagement of key leadership sponsors and international experts First issue of DogWellNet Digest - a collection of the latest news and highlights from IPFD/DogWellNet.com Launch of IPFD Summer Student projects with an outstanding veterinary student from Colorado State University Expanded our Breed Database, engaged breed clubs from numerous countries, health representatives, and experts in providing new content and expanding existing content DogWellNet.com serves as the hub for international efforts on various Hot Topics, including health and welfare in brachycephalic dogs, cross-breeding for health, and highlights and resources from various countries. 2017: Co-hosted the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) with the French Kennel Club (SCC) in Paris in April Engagement of first 17 Leadership Sponsor Genetic Test Providers/Labs for the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) initiative; HGTD online resource enters Beta Testing phase. Our Collaborating Partner, Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, publishes IPFD paper: Moving from information and collaboration to action: report from the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop, Paris in April 2017. Second IPFD Summer Student project grows out of the 3rd IDHW, addressing issues of antibiotic resistance. 2018: Launch of Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) Quality Testing Database Engagement of additional HGTD initiative Leadership Sponsor Genetic Test Providers/Labs IPFD Initiating Partner, the AKC, changes its status to a Sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative. Planning continues for the 4th International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) in the UK in 2019, co-hosted by the UK Kennel Club. 2019: The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) joins IPFD as Contributing Partner Raad van Beheer (The Dutch Kennel Club (DKC)) joins IPFD as Contributing Partner The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) changes its status to IPFD Partner Collaborators IPFD and The Kennel Club co-host the 4th International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) in Windsor, UK.
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  16. AUTHOR: HELLE FRIIS PROSCHOWSKY, DVM, PH.D., SPECIAL CONSULTANT, THE DANISH KENNEL CLUB (DKC) See: https://www.dachshund-ivdd.uk/what-is-ivdd/danish-ivdd-paper-2019/ PDF version: https://www.dachshund-ivdd.uk/app/download/11009159/Herniated+discs+HFP+2019+v4.pdf IVDD is explored in this concise presentation which was originally published in the March 2019 issue of the Danish Kennel Club magazine (HUNDEN). Translated version by Frøydis Hardeng and Ian Seath..
  17. This newsletter is outstanding! Love it! I am so excited about what the IPFD is doing for our canine companions. The world needs a leader organization and IPFD fills that void.
  18. See the Blog "Every Step We Take".
  19. The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is delighted to introduce Monique Megens as its first Chief Operating Officer (COO).
  20. 2020... The Brachycephalic Working Group has posted resources on Bulldogs, French Bulldogs & Pugs... VetCompass developed infographics, which summarise brachycephalic breed research... What's available? Bulldogs in the UK: Facing up to some challenges + full paper; French Bulldogs: Soaring UK popularity + full paper; Pugs: Weighing up health priorities + full paper
  21. What Dr. Bonnett says is so true. IPFD is the perfect and obvious organization to orchestrate just such a world-wide collaborative effort. This is such a worthwhile endeavor lacking only major funding to make it happen. We must all work toward finding a way to fund this work within this organization.
  22. I believe BetterBred.com has a great system for helping breeders make better decisions regarding breed pairs. However, it seems their services are vastly underutilized. They need more exposure in the media for their capabilities and services to become more widely known.
  23. After watching to play the video again use the controls and select "Replay" ⟲... or select from other displayed IPFD videos. It seems that every day - in the world of dogs and the world beyond - we see decisions made that may work for part of a problem, but because they do not take into account the complex reality of the bigger picture, they are unlikely to be fully effective. Every step we take at IPFD reminds me of this interconnectedness - and of the need for IPFD's international, multi-stakeholder approach. And about how grateful we are for the Partners, Sponsors and collaborators who make our work possible. We have created a short, 'lite' video to highlight these issues and then expand on examples below. IPFD's International Dog Health Workshops have helped to pull the vision of and methods by which the goal of better health and welfare for dogs is achieved. Breed Health Strategies are the foundation of planning for health and welfare improvement in dogs. A strategy for a breed may include any, or all, of the following: disease, longevity, genetic diversity, conformation, temperament, working ability. See Breed-specific Breeding Strategies - 3rd IDHW follow-up and a subsequent document which provide specifics for establishing a sound, workable strategy. These documents define projects and processes that focus on the objectives to safeguard and improve the future of a breed. (Breed Strategies IDHW content is attributed to Ian Seath, dog breeder, chair of the Dachshund Breed Council in the UK, and leader of the Breed-Specific Health Strategies theme at the IPFD International Dog Health Workshops (IDHW).) Also see IPFD CEO Brenda Bonnett's plenary talk at the 4th IDHW: Get a GRIHP on Breed Health, which addresses the complexities of big picture health concerns that must be addressed by collective information and actions. From the Genetics theme-based topics discussed at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop, a pressing need for genetic counseling experts emerged - experts to provide meaningful evaluation of and advice on breed-relevant use of the growing number of DNA and health screening tests available to dog owners/breeders. A key action/project at the workshop was interrogating the concept of “validation” – which pulled together many specific genetic test issues. It was decided that creating a model for addressing Validation for genetic tests would be the best use of time for the workshop. This was effective in guiding discussion to identify specific actions/projects moving forward. The questions from the breed community: How do we know what tests to use? How can we trust the test results? See the Report from the Genetic Testing Theme, from the 4th International Dog Health Workshop. Tools are needed! Why? Direct-to-consumer genetic tests have provided greater access to many different breed-specific and general genetic tests for dogs. This has raised concerns from owners and breeders who need more guidance and direction in making informed testing decisions. To help with this, the HGTD in December of 2019 added relevance ratings to the interface. Currently, the relevance rating is determined based on a wide-variety of evidence sources. This includes peer-reviewed research papers, recommendations from the original researchers/test developers, input from additional experts including veterinary specialists, and breed experts. It is important when considering the ratings to understand that this effectively indicates how much we currently know or do not know about a specific test for a specific breed. This does not necessarily indicate how “good”, or “bad” a test is. It also does not indicate the clinical importance of a test. So who is doing what in the big picture - of course management of dog's well-being includes and goes beyond DNA tests - health screenings matter, temperament matters, conformation matters... The Health Strategies Database for Dogs is in the works to augment health information available on DogWellNet... stay tuned. The ongoing creation of tools and educational content to improve the health and welfare of dogs by kennel and breed clubs, and work done by groups of breed enthusiasts drives the big picture forward. In the Blog post, Breed Health... What is your vision?, the take-away message is, undertake actions and make decisions that can impact the dog world in beneficial ways. We continue to promote international efforts on the challenges for dogs; we work to bring together stakeholder groups and organizations.
  24. A recent article provided by the Golden Retriever Club of America, Golden Retriever Health and Genetics Highlight: Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis in Golden Retrievers, by Ann Hubbs and Ron Rubrecht,, discussed the challenges faced in Fall 2018, by a breeder who had unsuspectingly bred a litter of puppies from two carriers of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL 5) – a devastating neurological disease considered rare in the breed. While a DNA test existed, most Golden Retriever owners wouldn’t be aware of the condition, let alone testing options. The breeder did the absolute right thing when realizing there was a problem, by working swiftly to genetically test their dogs, contacting owners, and working with the Breed Club to make other breeders aware of the risks of NCL 5. The situation for this breeder could arise for various conditions in many breeds. Inherited diseases that are generally rare in a breed are unlikely to be considered in selection by breeders. It could be that a genetic test isn’t available, or that it is not a priority for testing compared to more common inherited risks, or, increasingly, it might be a well-known condition in a breed in one country, but less known internationally. This is understandable, especially considering that the risks of an inherited disease in the breed as a whole, is not necessarily reflective of the risks for the breeding population. (Fig 1.) The dogs who are left intact and used in breeding, particularly by Show/Field breeders, is only a tiny percentage of the dogs making up the whole breed. It is easy to imagine how a few popular dogs who happen to be genetic carriers [See 'carrier' defined in glossary for AR inheritance] for a rare disease like NCL 5, could shift the risks of inheritance within a few generations without anyone realizing that there is a problem at all. For NCL 5 in the Golden Retrievers, fortunately, there is a genetic test available that can identify those dogs who are clear, carrier, or genetically affected for the condition. This will be especially valuable for those specific breeding lines within which the disease has occurred or is suspected. However, it is important to put into perspective how concerning NCL 5 is for the breed, relative to other important factors, in order to be sure that breeding decisions are made sensibly across all the considerations when making breeding plans. Currently, within a US population tested by Embark, only <1% of the dogs tested are carriers of the NCL 5 mutation. This is known as carrier frequency. At this level of carrier frequency, breeders can develop breeding plans that include clear and carrier tested dogs, to efficiently breed away from the mutation risk, without causing a genetic bottleneck or producing genetically affected puppies. It is important for a disease like NCL, which is still likely to be clinically rare in the breed, to breed away steadily to balance any other inherited risks, as well as allowing selection for positive characteristics. Avoiding a knee-jerk reaction will help to ensure that future generations have a greater variety of breeding lines to choose from. IPFD is continuing to develop plans for the Health Strategies Database for Dogs that aims to catalog all conditions that are being addressed by those designing breed-specific health programs around the world, especially kennel and breed clubs. See “Get a GRIHP on Breed Health” - Breed Health Strategies Presentation given by Brenda Bonnett at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop. What’s a GRIHP? Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profile... https://dogwellnet.com/files/file/422-4th-idhw-breed-specific-health-strategies-dogwellnet-resources-brenda-bonnett/ Additional information HGTD has a number of resources to help breeders and owners make informed decisions on genetic testing. You can search for genetic test providers, breed-specific diseases, and more information on tests/diseases HERE. Recently, HGTD has launched relevancy ratings for many of the tests that the participating genetic test providers are offering. Using data and information from researchers, test providers, kennel and breed clubs, and veterinary scientists, relevancy ratings are a way of indicating all of the currently known research material on a specific test for a specific breed. Additional information University of Missouri - Golden NCL: http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/GoldenNCL/ The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals records the NCL5 test results for Goldens - search at https://www.ofa.org/diseases/breed-statistics. Also see further information on Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis at OFA: https://www.ofa.org/diseases/dna-tested-diseases/neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis. Research The NCL 5 mutation origin paper: Melville, SA., Wilson, CL., Chiang, CS., Studdert, VP., Lingaas, F., Wilton, AN. : A mutation in canine CLN5 causes neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis in Border collie dogs. Genomics 86:287-94, 2005. Pubmed reference: 16033706. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygeno.2005.06.005. 2019 Villani, N.A., Bullock, G., Michaels, J.R., Yamato, O., O'Brien, D.P., Mhlanga-Mutangadura, T., Johnson, G.S., Katz, M.L. : A mixed breed dog with neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis is homozygous for a CLN5 nonsense mutation previously identified in Border Collies and Australian Cattle Dogs. Mol Genet Metab 127:107-115, 2019. Pubmed reference: 31101435. DOI: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2019.04.003. 2017 Katz, M.L., Rustad, E., Robinson, G.O., Whiting, R.E.H., Student, J.T., Coates, J.R., Narfstrom, K. : Canine neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses: Promising models for preclinical testing of therapeutic interventions. Neurobiol Dis :, 2017. Pubmed reference: 28860089. DOI: 10.1016/j.nbd.2017.08.017. 2016 Kolicheski, A., Johnson, G.S., O'Brien, D.P., Mhlanga-Mutangadura, T., Gilliam, D., Guo, J., Anderson-Sieg, T.D., Schnabel, R.D., Taylor, J.F., Lebowitz, A., Swanson, B., Hicks, D., Niman, Z.E., Wininger, F.A., Carpentier, M.C., Katz, M.L. : Australian Cattle Dogs with Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis are Homozygous for a CLN5 Nonsense Mutation Previously Identified in Border Collies. J Vet Intern Med :, 2016. Pubmed reference: 27203721. DOI: 10.1111/jvim.13971. Mizukami, K., Yabuki, A., Kohyama, M., Kushida, K., Rahman, M.M., Uddin, M.M., Sawa, M., Yamato, O. : Molecular prevalence of multiple genetic disorders in Border collies in Japan and recommendations for genetic counselling. Vet J 214:21-3, 2016. Pubmed reference: 27387721. DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2016.05.004. 2015 Gilliam, D., Kolicheski, A., Johnson, G.S., Mhlanga-Mutangadura, T., Taylor, J.F., Schnabel, R.D., Katz, M.L. : Golden Retriever dogs with neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis have a two-base-pair deletion and frameshift in CLN5. Mol Genet Metab 115:101-9, 2015. Pubmed reference: 25934231. DOI: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2015.04.001. 2013 Bond, M., Holthaus, S.M., Tammen, I., Tear, G., Russell, C. : Use of model organisms for the study of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis. Biochim Biophys Acta 1832:1842-65, 2013. Pubmed reference: 23338040. DOI: 10.1016/j.bbadis.2013.01.009. 2012 Mizukami, K., Kawamichi, T., Koie, H., Tamura, S., Matsunaga, S., Imamoto, S., Saito, M., Hasegawa, D., Matsuki, N., Tamahara, S., Sato, S., Yabuki, A., Chang, H.S., Yamato, O. : Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis in Border Collie dogs in Japan: clinical and molecular epidemiological study (2000-2011). ScientificWorldJournal 2012:383174, 2012. Pubmed reference: 22919312. DOI: 10.1100/2012/383174. 2011 Mizukami, K., Chang, H.S., Yabuki, A., Kawamichi, T., Kawahara, N., Hayashi, D., Hossain, M.A., Rahman, M.M., Uddin, M.M., Yamato, O. : Novel rapid genotyping assays for neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis in Border Collie dogs and high frequency of the mutant allele in Japan. J Vet Diagn Invest 23:1131-9,
  25. This blog is going to be a little different. Still about health and well-being... but this time about veterinarians and the veterinary community. Many of you may not realize that every veterinary conference now has a major stream on the well-being of veterinarians, themselves. On self-care, and caretaker fatigue, and mental health. And on suicide prevention. You may not have seen this Time article: Veterinarians Face Unique Issues That Make Suicide One of the Profession's Big Worries, but these challenges are an increasing priority for veterinary associations over recent years. Issues like depression, anxiety and burnout build on crippling debt for many graduates. Unfortunately, there are many more articles on this topic. When I graduated - many years ago - vets were at the top of the lists of most respected and trusted professions. That status has diminished. I don't want to go into all the reasons, but I will say this. Years ago when someone would ask what I did and I would say I was a vet, I heard nothing but accolades, and heartfelt thanks, and people telling me they had wanted to be a vet. It was humbling and gratifying. These days when it comes up, the first thing I hear is 'Do you know how much I had to pay for my last vet bill?' or worse. There are a lot of changes in the veterinary practice world, and I can say I am not sorry to be off the front lines. There are lots of frustrations for consumers as well. The majority of vets are devoted to being in the profession and to the animals and people they serve. Unfortunately, the stresses that go beyond the care of animals are simply insurmountable to some. A former graduate student recently contacted me; she is a practice owner and committed to supporting her colleagues, especially the newer ones. She was shocked at a recent support meeting to hear that the majority of veterinarians in that group had, at some point, considered suicide. All health professions struggle with such issues because our work is intense. But the rise in concerns in veterinary medicine are beyond troubling. As is the fact that there is a need for this site: 'Not One More Vet'. I wanted to let you know that the veterinary community has recognized this as a major priority. The VMX meeting (formerly NAVC) is a massive conference at which I have spoken on numerous occasions. Today another former student shared this link on my personal facebook page... and it prompted me to pass it along with these personal comments. A Poem for the Veterinary Community - performed by Andrea Gibson, an American Poet at VMX 2020. Please have a listen to this powerful and heartfelt message. I know many of you will identify with it. What is important to understand is just how desperately many veterinarians in practice need to hear that they are appreciated. If any of you are motivated to reach out to a veterinarian who has helped you and your beloved animals, to acknowledge anyone on the clinic team ... please do so; don't hesitate. In spite of all the challenges for clients of veterinarians these days... we might all agree that the world is better place with veterinarians than without them. For any vets reading this, always ask your colleagues how they are doing and if they need help. And if you are a vet who needs support, your veterinary community has resources - please reach out.
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