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  • The International Partnership for Dogs

    The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization leading a global, multi-stakeholder effort to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare.

  • ~ The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals ~


      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

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      The OFA is a participant in the IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.

       

       

       

      OFA's mission is to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.

      Brief Bio: Today’s OFA Mission is, “To improve the health and well being of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease...”

      About Us:

      The OFA is guided by the following four specific objectives:

      • To collate and disseminate information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals.
      • To advise, encourage and establish control programs to lower the incidence of orthopedic and genetic diseases.
      • To encourage and finance research in orthopedic and genetic disease in animals.
      • To receive funds and make grants to carry out these objectives.


       


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      Non-profit Organization

      Structure:

      The OFA is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Besides John Olin, other well known dog people that have helped shape the organization over the years include Hayworth Hoch, Dr. Frank Boothe, Rachel Page-Elliott, and Muriel Freeman.

      "The OFA Databases and DNA Repository

      The OFA databases are central to the organization’s objective of establishing control programs to lower the incidence of inherited disease. They serve all breeds of dogs and cats, and provide breeders a means to respond to the challenge of improving the genetic health of their breed through better breeding practices. The OFA databases are expanded as more tests become available.

      The CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) database is a tool that collects health information on individual animals from multiple sources. This centralized pool of data is maintained to assist breeders in making more informed breeding choices, and for scientists in conducting research. The CHIC program is breed-specific. In order to be in this database, a dog must be CHIC Certified. Read more about the CHIC Certification program.

      The CHIC DNA Repository collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogical and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs. Read more about the DNA Repository.

      Separate from the DNA Repository, the OFA offers DNA-based disease testing through an exclusive license arrangement with the University of Missouri. All tests offered, as well as information about kits, etc. are on the DNA Test page."

      OFA's Breed Health Surveys:

      https://www.ofa.org/about/educational-resources/health-surveys

      OFA's YouTube Channel

      The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals YouTube Channel features a video on using OFA in your practice.

       

       


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  • Our Signature Work

     

    Our Platform - DogWellNet.com
     

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    DogWellNet.com is the online platform for IPFD and is a curated information hub as well as housing resources to support actions by IPFD and its Partners and Collaborators.

     

     


     

    International Dog Health Workshops

     

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    The IPFD's signature events, the IDHWs bring together decision makers from professional, regulatory, national and regional, welfare and other organisations that are stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and human-dog interactions under the tagline 'From Information and Collaboration to Action'. The 5th IDHW takes place 13-16 June 2024, in Espoo, Finland and will be co-hosted by the Finnish Kennel Club.

     

     

     

    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Database
     

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    The HGTD Database catalogs information provided voluntarily from genetic test providers (GTPs) including information on their company and services, quality measures and expertise, tests offered and more. We are continually engaging more GTP participants. IPFD has collated and assembled existing and new resources for genetic counselling and education and provided the foundation for further developments.

     

     

     


    Health Strategies Database for Dogs


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    The HSDD Database includes breed-specific health/mentality testing requirements and recommendations established by Health Strategy Providers (HSPs) including kennel clubs, breed clubs, veterinary organizations, and others.

     

     




    Pedigree Breeds Database

     

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    As of September 2023, our Pedigree Breeds Database lists 184 breeds. Information includes breed standards, population data, club newsletters, breed databases, videos and much more. Sections on Native Breeds and Additional Resources including Agria Breed Profiles; Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profile (GRIHP) articles, which describe the Big Picture of health on (all) conditions that are of interest within a breed; and associated IPFD WSAVA Meet the Breed articles are available. Many thanks to breed experts and clubs who share information on their breed with the DogWellNet.com Community.

     


     

     

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    Download IPFD's 2022 Annual Report: A New Chapter

     

     

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