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International Partnership for Dogs - Enhancing Dog Health, Well-Being, and Welfare - Join Us.

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Dr. Patrician Olson, USA, discussed broad aspects of health and welfare, including issues of commercial breeding, and highlighted the need for international collaboration.




  • International Dog Health Workshops

    Decision leaders from major stakeholders moving from information to action.

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    Post-Meeting Resources
    Plenary talks, Posters & outcomes

  • Our Partners

    • Mars Veterinary is a business unit of Mars Petcare, the world’s largest pet care provider. Their mission is to facilitate responsible pet care by enhancing the well-being and relationship between pets, pet owners, breeders, shelters and veterinarians through valuable insights into pets as individuals.   Mars Veterinary is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.          
    • Utilising the latest DNA technologies has enabled the VHLGenetics to grow exponentially since 1993.   Our experienced laboratories offer more than 1,000 routine DNA tests for animals, plants and microorganisms. The three locations offer the same DNA services, and the number of DNA tests available is routinely increased by the newest developments in the field.     VHLGenetics is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.          
    • The Kennel Club is the largest organization in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.   Website: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk See our partner resources article covering The Kennel Clubs E News; or to sign up go to: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-newsletters/. Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -
    • Royal Canin is a global leader in pet health nutrition. In an industry that continues to adapt to popular trends in cat and dog food, our mission will remain the same; to constantly bring, through Health Nutrition and shared knowledge, the most precise nutritional solution for cats' and dogs' health nutrition needs, by building on constantly deepened scientific knowledge and Royal Canin's roots in the feline and canine professional networks.
    • The Dog Breeding Reform Group (DBRG) is an organisation dedicated to improving the health and welfare of dogs through responsible breeding. It was founded in 2013 and became a Charitable Trust in 2015. Members of the DBRG include veterinary specialists, dog welfare and law experts, breeders and dog owners.
    • Suomen Kennelliitto (Finnish Kennel Club, in English) - Established in 1889, the Finnish Kennel Club is a nationwide expert organisation on canine matters. Its aim is to promote the breeding of pedigree dogs, support diverse dog-related activities and improve dog-keeping standards in Finland. FKC disseminates expert information and serves as a comprehensive lobbying organisation for Finnish and international dog activities.   Website: https://www.kennelliitto.fi/en Finnish Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -
    • The VDH - Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (German Kennel Club in English) is the foremost organisation representing the interests of dog-owners throughout Germany – the first address to find out everything there is to know on the subject of life with dogs, on dog sports and on dog breeding. As an umbrella organisation for its 175 member clubs the VDH today represents more than 650,000 members.   Website: http://www.vdh.de/en/home/ An overview of the VDH (in German) can be found at: http://www.vdh.de/ueber-den-vdh/wir-ueber-uns/.   "The VDH is the leading advocacy of all dog owners in Germany - the primary authority on life with dogs, dog sports and dog breeds. As
    • The Norwegian Kennel Club (NKC) was founded in 1898, and is the largest organisation for dog owners in Norway.   Website: https://www.nkk.no/english/category1045.html Norwegian Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -
    • The OFA was a Founding Partner of the International Partnership for Dogs and an Initiating Partner for the HGTD Initiative. See OFA's About Us page at: https://www.ofa.org/about   The OFA is a participant in the IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative. Website: https://www.ofa.org/    
    • Our People - IPFD Board, CEO, CFO and Consultants
    • Canine Medicine and Genetics is a peer-reviewed, open access journal addressing genetic, genomic and epidemiological research in both domestic and wild canids, relating to breed and species diversity, and canine evolution.  
    • The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) is the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada and currently recognizes 175 breeds. As a non-profit organization, the CKC is dedicated to encouraging, guiding, and advancing the interests of purebred dogs and their responsible owners and breeders in Canada and promoting the knowledge and understanding of the benefits which dogs can bring to Canadian society.  
    • Sentinel Biomedical is a pioneering comparative health company committed to research and scientific innovation. The company’s primary focus is investigating canine cancers and identifying biological changes and environmental influences that may be shared with human cancers, making canines true watchdogs in the area of human health.   Sentinel Biomedical is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.      
    • CAG GmbH makes it easy to secure the genetic health of your four-legged friends. We provide the tools you need: a comprehensive offering of genetic tests, quick turn-around in the in-house accredited laboratory, and personal counseling to help you understand what the results really mean for you and your animal. With state-of-the-art technology, a robust R&D program, and dedicated specialists in animal genetics, CAG works with you to ensure the health and happiness of your best friend.     CAG GmbH is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.          
    • Around the world many people regard their pets as family members, and we want to help provide the best possible care for them. Screening can help identify the cause of a current problem as well as reduce the risk of future conditions to increase the health of future generations. Animal Genetics offers customers throughout the world a large number of tests for canine hereditary diseases, traits including color and parentage verification.     Animal Genetics is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.      
    • The Animal Health Trust exists to fight disease and injury in animals. Thanks to our pioneering work improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention, horses, dogs and cats are living healthier, happier lives – in the UK and across the world.     The Animal Health Trust is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.        
    • Mars Veterinary is a business unit of Mars Petcare, the world’s largest pet care provider. Their mission is to facilitate responsible pet care by enhancing the well-being and relationship between pets, pet owners, breeders, shelters and veterinarians through valuable insights into pets as individuals.   Mars Veterinary is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.            
    • Our laboratory provides a complete testing service for veterinary surgeons to meet the diagnostic needs of your practice.     LABOKLIN is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.      
    • Vetstream Ltd  (www.vetstream.net) offers TLC for veterinary practices so they can provide TLC for their clients and their companion and production animals.   Vetstream is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.    
    • Mission Facilitate collaboration and sharing of resources to enhance the health, well-being and welfare of pedigreed dogs and all dogs worldwide. Vision An enduring global collaboration enhancing dog health, well-being and welfare, and human-dog interactions. Values Dog health, well-being and welfare and human-dog interactions contribute to the quality of life for both species. The world is a better place because we share it with dogs. Dog issues are important around the globe and international sharing and cooperation is needed. Goals The general goals of the IPFD are to:  Enhance the health, well-being and welfare of dogs and enr
    • 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-profi
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