Brenda Bonnett

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    Georgian Bluffs, Ontario, Canada
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    International Partnership for Dogs, CEO
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    CEO
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  1. People are starting to arrive in Paris for the 3rd IDHW ! Paris in the spring is living up to its reputation with sunshine and flowering trees. Too bad we will keep our delegate inside working hard for the dogs for 2 days! We are expecting about 135 delegates from 24 countries. We have vets and breeders, researchers and judges, experts in welfare and behaviour, genetic advisors, various non-profits, industry representatives, dog owners... and more... so a wide array of stakeholders. As is common in the dog world, many people wear more than one hat. We have representatives from 18 National kennel clubs and the FCI; including the current or former Presidents of at least 4 KCs. There are scientists from at least 13 Universities and research institutes, from at least 6 different countries. There are over 15 companies from the pet industry attending, including many genetic testing labs. There are numerous veterinary organizations and welfare organizations represented. As well as, breed clubs, breeders and dog owners. This is a real working meeting... we hope to engage all present in discussions with the result being definite action plans to be underway immediately following the workshop; leading to results ready to present at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop to be held in the UK in 2019, hosted by The KC. Exciting times! Stay tuned for more information. Check us out on Facebook and our new Twitter feed @IPFDogs and #IDHWParis ...
  2. Carlotta - when you say, "They seem to work closely with UKC in the United States." to whom are your referring. Certainly not FCI or the Swedish KC...??
  3. Nordic strategy regarding the use of DNA tests in breeding IDHWorkshops Presentations - DNA - Genetic Testing .. from previous workshop in Germany Various entries in Blogs - especially from Katariina Mäki and Gregoire Leroy... e.g. Inherited diseases: the adequate breeding strategy (1) and (2)
  4. Please see: Summary presentations from the 2nd International Dog Health Workshop in Dortmund: From Ian Seath's blog: Breeding Strategies – a range of options ... This piece includes some basic guidelines for health strategies; a discussion of the role of data; and the influence of people themselves. National Breeding strategies, e.g, a template from the Norwegian KC: NKK - Breed specific breeding strategy Also from Ian Seath's blog: A 5-point plan for improving canine health and welfare (partly from a talk by Phillipa Robinson) Historical perspective, need for a systems approach. DogWellNet.com resources and links to national health strategies... perhaps too much to read... but please browse the possibilities. Full Attendee List (by Theme) for IPFD here: Attendee List IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop.pdf
  5. General Goals and Outcomes - all Themes: By the conclusion of the 3rd IDHW participants should leave with a clear sense of key decisions on priorities / needs within the theme; remaining gaps/ challenges/ controversies; List of specific tasks/ actions to be undertaken over the next two years, by whom; and a clear understanding of how they, personally, will help achieve the desired outcomes. Please see: 3rd IDHW_Program Overview, Schedule, Themes and Speakers for further information. Breed-Specific Health Strategies Theme National and international programs and approaches to studying and improving health of dogs within a breed. • Working Group Coordinator(s): Helena Skarp, Sweden; • Resource persons: Brenda Bonnett; Ian Seath, UK (plenary speaker); Catherine Andre (plenary speaker); • Facilitator: Gregoire Leroy, France • Note Taker: Kim Bellamy, Norway Keys To The Breed-Specific Health Strategies Theme: An issue frequently raised by breeding advisors, breed clubs and individual breeders, is how do they define and understand the ’big picture’ for their breed and how do the manage all the complex inputs that affect the health and welfare of their dogs? They hear in the media that they should test for and preferably prevent every possible disease, health and welfare issue in their breed as well as improving temperament/ behaviour and do that while maximizing genetic diversity of the population. Breed clubs must be able to make some kind of ranking of importance in terms of influence on longevity, severity, death vs. chronic disease, costs etc.; they must be able to put this together with good information on the accuracy/ efficacy of screening strategies - DNA tests, other - as well as the strategies that are available; and from all that make balanced, preferably evidence-based decisions as to what is an appropriate strategy for the long term health of the breed; and then they must advise breeders on how to proceed with individual breeding decisions. Of course, there is also the issue that the primary goal of the breeder, might be to, at least in the short term, breed a competition-winning dog. Unfortunately, without access to the needed holistic information, evidence and effective tools we tend to see challenges, e.g. running off after the DNA 'test of the month'; knee-jerk reactions to storms on Facebook; breeding strategies that change when the executive of the breed club changes... etc. etc. Our plenary speaker, Ian Seath, will give us an overview of what the Dachshund Breed Council in the UK is doing. The approach to managing health and disease at a breed level varies widely across countries, kennel clubs, breed clubs and breeds. Notwithstanding, there is a great potential to learn from and work together with those who are dealing with similar issues. Key concepts for this theme include a need to: Increase exchange of information about disease prevalence, population structure and health programs between countries. Identify and propose strategies to limit the obstacles that differently designed health programs in different countries present to the possibility to use breeding stock between countries Move away from the adoption or creation of new health initiatives without adopting a holistic approach Find and share the best resources and tools to address these issues. Continue reading below or download PDF 3rd IDHW Guide for Participants_Breed Specific Health Strategies _15April2017.docx
  6. In addition to the Theme:Outline - here some reading we hope you will do before coming to the Workshop. If you aren't acquainted with it, please see: the Harmonization Project Initiative description. For further/preparatory reading, you might look at a similar, more extensive developement for humans: Eurogentest which, for searching for labs and tests will take you to Orphanet. ICAR has an accreditation program for labs doing cattle testing. Another accreditation scheme in use is the Standards and Guidelines from the American College of Medical Genetics in conjunction with the College of American Pathologists. Although these are for human genetic diagnostic testing, there is a lot of good material in here that ensures quality between laboratories and across the discipline. General Standards and Guidelines for Clinical Genetics Laboratories General Policies Policies specific to Clinical Molecular Genetics You will receive an Attendee list in your package at the workshop. But here is the Full Attendee List (by Theme): Attendee List IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop.pdf And many further resources are on DogWellNet.com... not required reading... but or your information.
  7. Please see report from the Nordic Kennel Union: NKU STATEMENTS AND PROPOSALS REGARDING RESPIRATORY HEALTH IN BRACHYCEPHALIC DOGS.pdf For topical discussion of latest media reports on Brachycephalics, please read Brenda's Blog: Veterinary Record: "Brachycephalic tipping point: time to push the button? " You will receive an Attendee list in your package at the workshop. But here is the Full Attendee List (by Theme): Attendee List IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop.pdf
  8. Zoopsy Position Statement On Puppy Socialization... Early out walks English translation "Zoopsy is a veterinary association of Zoopsychiatry . The aim of its members is to protect, improve or restore the behavioral balance of domestic animals by using all the means available in the respect of the animal, its well-being and the relationship with its owners ." Behavioral and psychological outcomes for dogs sold as puppies through pet stores and/or born in commercial breeding establishments: Current knowledge and putative causes Franklin D. McMillan* Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research; Volume 19, May–June 2017, Pages 14–26 http://ac.els-cdn.com/S1558787817300102/1-s2.0-S1558787817300102-main.pdf?_tid=60373a34-0fd4-11e7-b2ff-00000aacb35d&acdnat=1490279228_9bff189f4ad03e3d57fca20eb7538c96 Puppy parties and beyond: the role of early age socialization practices on adult dog behavior https://www.dovepress.com/puppy-parties-and-beyond-the-role-of-early-age-socialization-practices-peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-VMRR PDF version: VMRR-62081-puppy-parties-and-beyond--the-role-of-early-age-socializatio_042915.pdf Personality Consistency in Dogs: A Meta-Analysis Jamie L. Fratkin , David L. Sinn, Erika A. Patall, Samuel D. Gosling … PLOS Published: January 23, 2013 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0054907 http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0054907 AVSAB Position Statement On Puppy Socialization http://noriusuns.lt/images/puppy_socialization.pdf You will receive an Attendee list in your package at the workshop. But here is the Full Attendee List (by Theme): Attendee List IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop.pdf
  9. In addition to the Theme outline, please have a look at these two papers before arriving at the Workshop: Approaches to canine health surveillance Dan G O’Neill1*, David B Church2, Paul D McGreevy3, Peter C Thomson3 and Dave C Brodbelt1 Approaches to canine health surveillance.pdf DISEASE BURDEN IN FOUR POPULATIONS OF DOG AND CAT BREEDS COMPARED TO MIXED-BREED DOGS AND EUROPEAN SHORTHAIR CATS Disease burden in four populations of dog and cat breeds.pdf You will receive an Attendee list in your package at the workshop. But here is the Full Attendee List (by Theme): Attendee List IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop.pdf See more: Peer Reviewed Research - Disease surveillance in pedigreed dogs and other resources here. Full Attendee List (by Theme) for IPFD here:Attendee List IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop.pdf
  10. In addition to the Theme: Outline... please review these before the meeting: Risk reduction and management strategies to prevent transmission of infectious disease among dogs at dog shows, sporting events, and other canine group settings, Jason Stull, et al.: Risk reduction and management strategies JAVMA.pdf Guidelines for Hygiene in Veterinary Practices - FECAVA: 4Poster hygiène FECAVA.pdf You will receive an Attendee list in your package at the workshop. But here is the Full Attendee List (by Theme): Attendee List IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop.pdf Some extra references about client pressure to prescribe in human and veterinary medicine: Outtakes and references on Prescribing Pressure.docx And other resources Education and Communication on DogWellNet.com. Full Attendee List (by Theme) for IPFD here:Attendee List IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop.pdf
  11. General Goals and Outcomes - all Themes: By the conclusion of the 3rd IDHW participants should leave with a clear sense of key decisions on priorities / needs within the theme; remaining gaps/ challenges/ controversies; List of specific tasks/ actions to be undertaken over the next two years, by whom; and a clear understanding of how they, personally, will help achieve the desired outcomes. Please see: 3rd IDHW_Program Overview, Schedule, Themes and Speakers for further information. Education and Communication Theme: Antimicrobial Resistance/ Prudent Use of Antibiotics Integrating information from various sources for demography, prevalence, risks, severity, duration, geographic and temporal variation and other population-level information. Working Group Coordinator(s): Gilles Chaudieu, France; IPFD/SCC Steering Committee Liaison: Gregoire Leroy; Brenda Bonnett Resource persons: Dr. Xavier Levy and Dr. J.F. Rousselot; Facilitator: Jason Stull, USA (also Plenary Speaker) Notetaker: Annika Klang, Sweden (multi-lingual) Keys To This Theme “On 21 September 2016, the President of the UN General Assembly convenes an one-day high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York on “Antimicrobial Resistance“, with the participation of Member States, non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector and academic institutions, in order to provide input (link). The primary objective of the meeting is to summon and maintain strong national, regional and international political commitment in addressing antimicrobial resistance comprehensively and multi-sectorally, and to increase and improve awareness of antimicrobial resistance.” Clearly the issues of antimicrobial resistance (AR) and prudent use of antibiotics (PUA), are global and cross national and species boundaries. Human and veterinary practitioners should share information on AR/PUA, but its practical application could be improved. Although many authorities and organizations are creating rules and guidelines for health care practitioners, there has been inadequate recognition that there has to be education and re-education of practitioners and consumers; long-standing attitudes and behaviours must be changed. Veterinarians need to work collaboratively with breeders to effect change; this will require enhanced communication between these stakeholder groups. Creative and effective education must take place and all stakeholders need both information and tools to take action for prudent use of antimicrobials. KEYS: Determine resources and needs for innovative and effective education and communication within and across stakeholder groups Identify specific international collaboration and actions to accomplish goals identified during breakout sessions. The topic ‘Antimicrobial Resistance/ Prudent Use of Antibiotics’ has been chosen to identify/ highlight, e.g.: What strategies are most effective in not only educating but also changing long-held attitudes and beliefs? Are there challenges because of a possible disconnect between veterinarians and breeders? How can this be addressed Where is international collaboration most needed, e.g., what key messages need to be sent globally? What are the most effective tools to widely share information/ expertise; to prevent redundancy of efforts and to create change? Are there existing materials, approaches and tools which can be shared? How can we monitor the impact of the tools/ change of behaviours to determine if efforts are being successful? Do we need to develop metrics? Continue reading below or download PDF 3rd IDHW Guide for Participants_Education and Communication_14April2017.docx
  12. General Goals and Outcomes - all Themes: By the conclusion of the 3rd IDHW participants should leave with a clear sense of key decisions on priorities / needs within the theme; remaining gaps/ challenges/ controversies; List of specific tasks/ actions to be undertaken over the next two years, by whom; and a clear understanding of how they, personally, will help achieve the desired outcomes. Please see: 3rd IDHW_Program Overview, Schedule, Themes and Speakers for further information. Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (Harmonization/ Genetics) Theme Working Group Coordinator(s): Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, USA; Brenda Bonnett, Canada Resource persons: Wim van Haeringen, Netherlands, Cathryn Mellersh, UK Facilitator(s): Diane Brown, USA Notetaker: Ambre Jaraud, France Keys to The Harmonization/ Genetics Theme: In previous Dog Health Workshops, it was recognised that the proliferation of genetic tests, and test providers available paired with the lack of standardisation or regulation on a global scale is a huge concern. There is an urgent need for consumers to be able to access a resource to elucidate which genetic testing providers are robust, and what genetic tests options are applicable to improvement of dog health and welfare. The IPFD in collaboration with multiple stakeholders has developed a prototype platform to catalogue quality measures (QMs) for genetic testing providers. In addition, the IPFD and collaborators are working to develop balanced, independent reviews of genetic tests and their recommended usage, and support the development of proficiency testing. Some of the Keys we hope to address in this session: Increase input on the development, and content of the prototype (i.e. identifying and prioritizing QMs) Engage further sponsors, collaborators, and Experts to address the challenges of The Tri-ad: Genetic Testing Providers: What describes quality and reliability? Tests: What describes quality and reliability? Genetic Counselling – the next steps needed for phase 2. Develop working parties to address specific Tri-ad issues Clearly identify the needs and desires of the primary users: owners, breeders, commercial test providers, researchers, breed clubs, etc. Continue reading below or download PDF 3rd IDHW Guide for Participants_Harmonization_12April2017.docx
  13. General Goals and Outcomes - all Themes: By the conclusion of the 3rd IDHW participants should leave with a clear sense of key decisions on priorities / needs within the theme; remaining gaps/ challenges/ controversies; List of specific tasks/ actions to be undertaken over the next two years, by whom; and a clear understanding of how they, personally, will help achieve the desired outcomes. Please see: 3rd IDHW_Program Overview, Schedule, Themes and Speakers for further information. Show Me The Numbers Theme Integrating information from various sources for demography, prevalence, risks, severity, duration, geographic and temporal variation and other population-level information. • Working Group Coordinators/ Facilitators: Dan O’Neill, UK; Sylvia Keijser, Netherlands; • Resource persons: Brenda Bonnett, IPFD; Sofia Malm (Plenary Speaker), Swedish KC • Notetaker: Fleur-Marie Missant, SCC Keys To This Theme It is increasingly recognised that we need some improvements to the population-based data that are available on dogs if we are to make real gains to dog health nationally and internationally. Such considerations/ needs include but are not limited to: • Better data collection, compilation and communication methods • Identifying and comparing data sources • Linking databases / Collaborative research projects / ‘Jigsaw’ projects • Understanding the uses and limitations of various data sources • Standardised terminology (e.g. SnoMed, VeNom, PETscan, Agria) • Analytical methods • Dissemination • How each person/group can get involved • Opportunities missed • Prioritisation of data needs • Poor data versus No data • Need for demographic data at a national and international level Please come to the session prepared with a 2-minute overview of your personal/group current work/ views relative to this theme. Continue reading below or download PDF 3rd IDHW Guide for Participants_Show me the numbers_14April2017.docx
  14. General Goals and Outcomes - all Themes: By the conclusion of the 3rd IDHW participants should leave with a clear sense of key decisions on priorities / needs within the theme; remaining gaps/ challenges/ controversies; List of specific tasks/ actions to be undertaken over the next two years, by whom; and a clear understanding of how they, personally, will help achieve the desired outcomes. Please see: 3rd IDHW_Program Overview, Schedule, Themes and Speakers for further information. Canine Behaviour And Welfare Theme • Working Group Coordinator(s): Alexandre Balzer, Franc; Nathalie Marlois, France • IPFD/SCC Steering Committee Liaison: Gregoire Leroy; • Facilitator: Patricia Olson, USA; Caroline Kisko, UK • Notetaker: Kelly Arthur, USA Keys To The Behaviour And Welfare Theme The Theme will focus on what can be done during breeding decisions, early life and onward to address issues related to behaviour, health and welfare, in the context of current knowledge. We are not yet able to fully quantify the roles of genetics vs. environment (physical and human (breeder, owner)), in general, and certainly not across all breeds. However, many feel that an increased focus on behaviour/ mentality/ personality as part of a holistic approach to overall health, well-being and welfare is warranted. Given this complex inter-relationship of dog and human factors, it is important to address this problem at a multi-stakeholder level and to identify the roles different groups and individuals. Some of the keys we hope to address in the Behaviour and Welfare theme are: What is the inter-relationship between health, welfare and behaviour in assessing the well-being of dogs? (Introduced by plenary speaker Paula Boyden from Dogs Trust.) Early socialization is an important issue with a lasting impact on behaviour and welfare: What are the roles and responsibilities for authorities, breeders, cynological organizations, ethologists, geneticists, veterinarians and welfare organizations? What are the greatest barriers, challenges and opportunities that can be addressed at an international level? How is this impacted by the source of puppies, i.e. the increasing proportion that are coming from commercial breeders who are unlikely to breed for good temperament or to provide adequate early socialization. Continue reading below or download PDF 3rd IDHW Guide for Participants_Behaviour and Welfare_14April2017.docx
  15. General Goals and Outcomes - all Themes: By the conclusion of the 3rd IDHW participants should leave with a clear sense of key decisions on priorities / needs within the theme; remaining gaps/ challenges/ controversies; List of specific tasks/ actions to be undertaken over the next two years, by whom; and a clear understanding of how they, personally, will help achieve the desired outcomes. Please see: 3rd IDHW_Program Overview, Schedule, Themes and Speakers for further information. Exaggerations of Conformation Theme • Working Group Coordinator(s): Åke Hedhammar, Sweden; Kristen Wear-Prestrud; Norway • IPFD/SCC Steering Committee Liaison: Brenda Bonnett, Canada; • Resource persons: Rowena Packer, UK; • Facilitator(s): Pekka Olson, Sweden; • Notetaker: Astrid Indrebö, Norway Keys To The Exaggerations of Conformation Theme Exaggerations And Extremes In Dog Conformation: Health, welfare and breeding considerations; latest national and international efforts. Exaggerations of conformation affect the health and welfare of wide variety of dog breeds from giant to extremely small breeds, those with exaggerations of physical characteristics like skin or ears, or anything that might be referred to as hyper-type. Recently, there has been intense focus, in many countries, on health and welfare concerns in brachycephalic dogs. In addition to issues for the dogs, themselves, any treatment of the problem should include discussion of the human factors that lead to a demand for extreme dogs, in general. As a basis for discussion, we propose the following: • There is a need for further good quantitative data, but there is reasonable evidence that there is a high prevalence of health and welfare problems in several breeds with exaggerations/ extremes in conformation. • The Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) is the most severe and significant example of problems related to Extremes in Dog Conformation • The extent of suffering and discomfort related to the brachycephalic constitution is not properly understood among owners, breeders and puppy buyers. It is common that certain health issues are regarded as breed-specific characteristics and often classified as “normal for the breed”, even at least implicitly by some veterinarians. This leads to several problems: 1) failure to exclude sick dogs from breeding; 2) failure to give sick dogs the treatment they need; 3) failure to reduce the desirability of these breeds. • Despite attention and awareness in most countries, there has not been a successful reduction of health problems related to BOAS; in fact, by increased popularity of brachycephalic breeds more dogs than ever suffer from BOAS related health problems. • It is unclear what percent of affected dogs are coming from commercial breeders. Continue reading below or download PDF 3rd IDHW Guide for Participants_Exaggerations of Conformation_14April2017.docx