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IPFD's HGTD Project Director, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaide provides an overview of the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative - challenges and aims of providing quality genetic testing information to the dog community. 


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  • International Dog Health Workshops

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    • 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.  
    • 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.          
    • Our People - IPFD Board, CEO, CFO and Consultants
    • The European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS) is a non for profit organization registered in Luxemburg dedicated to the advancement of veterinary medicine for companion animals. ESAVS was founded in 1991 as a project in the frame of the European Union‘s COMETT II and LEONARDO DA VINCI programs. It is affiliated with the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication at the University of Luxembourg.  
    • 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  
    • 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/ Registration Statistics: https://www.vdh.de/ueber-den-vdh/welpenstatistik/ An overview of the VDH (in German) can be found here.    "The VDH is the leading advocacy of all dog owners in Germany - the primary authority on life with d
    • The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is the largest nonprofit funder of health research focused solely on dogs. Donations from individual dog lovers, dog clubs, foundations and corporations are invested in a diverse portfolio of innovative canine health research grants that aim to find better treatments, more accurate diagnoses, and an improved understanding of the mechanism that cause disease in dogs.   The Canine Health Foundation is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.      
    • 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 -
    • 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.          
    • 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
    • This year has been challenging for all organizations globally.  However, IPFD has fared well.  We have always been a ‘virtual’-based operation, with all consultants working from home.  Building on our 2019 Annual Report: A Growing Voice, this milestones document is meant to update our Partners and Sponsors on our activities in 2020. – Dr. Brenda Bonnett, CEO (click to download/share as a PDF): IPFD Milestones December 2020.pdf   Message from the Canadian Kennel Club: “CKC’s membership in the International Partnership for Dogs, and participation in the biennial Dog Health Workshop and the international working group for extremes in conformation has strengthened
    • See a selection of Press articles related to IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing HERE.
    • The Genomia laboratory is a private accredited genetic laboratory in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Genomia is engaged in genetic testing of humans, animals and pathogens. In humans, we are testing relationships between relatives – paternity and genealogy. For animals, we offer more than 150 tests for hereditary diseases, sex determination, parenthood determination and tests for coat appearance and colour. Genomia offers services to customers all over the world. Genomia cooperates with breeders from more than 38 countries on four continents.     Genomia is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.        
    • The Irish Kennel Club promotes the responsible ownership and breeding of dogs throughout Ireland through education, registration, training and support schemes and events.   Website: http://www.ikc.ie/ Irish Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -
    • The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) at the University of California, Davis provides dog DNA testing services, including forensic genetic analyses, to a world-wide clientele. Validation and standardization of genetic tests across laboratories are areas in which the VGL has been engaged in for many years, primarily via workshops supported by the International Society for Animal Genetics.     The VGL is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.      
    • Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Morris Animal Foundation is the largest nonprofit foundation in the world dedicated to funding studies to improve and protect the health of companion animals and wildlife. Since its establishment in 1948, the Foundation has invested $126 million toward more than 2,600 studies that have led to significant breakthroughs in disease, toxic exposures and injury diagnostics, treatments and preventions to benefit animals worldwide.  
    • 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.
    • 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 ou
    • The SKK - Svenka Kennelklubben (Swedish Kennel Club, in English), is Sweden's largest organisation dedicated to dogs and dog owners. We represent the interests of our 300,000 members – first time dog owners, experienced breeders, hunters, dog lovers, puppy buyers, exhibitors, agility competitors and many more.   Website: http://www.skk.se/en/ Database: Avelsdata Follow this link for the SKK Blog at DogWellNet Follow this link for more information on the Swedish Kennel Club including our organizational structure, code of ethics, and more.
    • The Black Russian Terrier Club of America (BRTCA) is the AKC Parent Club for the Black Russian Terrier. BRTCA's mission is to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at conformation shows, companion events and performance trials.    
    • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) is an online database, freely available to anyone in the world, created and curated in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science, within the University of Sydney, by Emeritus Professor Frank Nicholas, assisted by local and international colleagues.
    • 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.      
    • Agria is one of the world’s leading animal insurers, specialising in small animal and equine insurance. Founded in Sweden over 120 years ago, Agria came to the UK in 2009 and is now a prominent feature of the UK pet insurance industry. In the UK, Agria insures cats, dogs and rabbits.
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