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Ann Milligan

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    United States
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    IPFD-DWN website
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    DogWellNet Website Content Manager
  • Interests
    Dog Breeding
    Dog Health
    Training / Performance
    Dog Shows
    Event Planning
    Dog Behavior
    Legal/Regulatory Issues
    Kennel Clubs
    Breed Club
    Human-Dog Interactions
  • Academic Credentials
    Bachelors degree
    Judging Certification
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    Dog Training
    Dog Shows/Exhibitions
    Dog Breeding
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  • Breed Club Rep; Board Member or Breeding/ Health Committee member
  • Attended an International Dog Health Workshop
  • Theme attended at 3rd IDHW in Paris
    Breed-Specific Health Strategies

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  1. 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 enrich human-dog interactions To facilitate sharing of knowledge, information, experience and resources across stakeholders (including, e.g., kennel clubs (KCs), veterinary and other professional organisations, health foundations, and others) to improve the health and well-being of purpose-bred dogs. To provide evaluation and interpretation of information to support the actions of stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare To facilitate specific actions to improve health and well-being of dogs, including, e.g. to design globally relevant breed-specific breeding strategies. To bring the dog community closer together through DogWellNet.com (below). Objectives The specific objectives of the IPFD shall be to: Create an online resource, i.e., DogWellNet.com to: Provide a clearing house of information, documents and digital resources on all material relevant to dog health and well-being (including, e.g., breeding regulations/recommendations, national/international legislation, health information, etc.) including technology for translation to English and other languages. Promote collaboration among diverse stakeholders interested in dog well-being by increasing the contacts between them, their knowledge of each other’s activities and facilitating cooperation via electronic-communication and other means. Provide evidence- and knowledge-based sharing of information, expertise and resources through evaluation and interpretation by international expert panels. Provide a platform for international collaboration on specific actions, e.g. expert input / validation of tests /procedures and breed-specific strategies to improve health and well-being Create a sustainable organization of relevance to and with credibility across a wide variety of stakeholders in the pedigreed dog world, as well as with concerns for all dogs, everywhere, by: Developing partnerships between KCs and other stakeholders in order to be globally relevant, inclusive and transparent in terms of objectives and actions. Building a financial base for on-going achievement of the vision, goals and objectives. Building networks of experts and supporting their work through online developments. Building a collective of volunteers to contribute to the work of the organisation.
  2. The International Partnership for Dog's DogWellNet.com website serves as a platform to facilitate the international collaboration and distribution of knowledge, expertise and experience. DogWellNet.com, is an open access, ever-expanding information hub, providing links, documents, and additional resources to breeders and others in the dog world. Content and materials offered by our Partners, Contributors and Collaborators are designed to enhance the health, well-being and welfare of dogs. History: DogWellNet.com was opened to the public (guests) in February 2015 after the 2nd International Dog Health Workshop in Dortmund, Germany. FYI: Although almost all DogWellNet content is available to guests, we encourage readers to sign up. Access to the various areas of DogWellNet.com is dependent on your level of membership (e.g., Guest, Member or Advanced Member...). Guests can view public content or create a Member account to access additional material and features. Signing up as a DogWellNet.com Member is quick, easy and free! To register, click the Sign Up button in the top-right corner of the Homepage. Fill out the form and click the Create my Account button at the bottom. Shortly after, you will receive a validation email - follow the instructions in the email to confirm your registration. Highlights... IPFD International Dog Health Workshops (IDHWs) - Materials from the IPFD International Dog Health Workshops, which bring together stakeholders from around the world to improve the health, well-being and welfare of dogs. The Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) - Database, articles, and other resources associated with the IPFD's Harmonization for Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative. Health & Breeding Articles - Topics of interest for anyone involved in breeding dogs, including those providing advice to breeders, breed clubs or kennel clubs Pedigreed Dogs Database - breed pages include breed standards, population data, club newsletters, breed databases, videos and much, much more. Native Breeds and Additional Resources including Agria Breed Profiles are available. Blogs - topics and observations by experts Hot Topics - Highlights current issues and timely discussions for consumers, breeders, veterinarians, researchers and other members of our community Population Data - Data needed to underpin decisions on health and breeding, i.e. data enumerating and describing dog populations, in general, as well as, the occurrence of disease in dog populations, breed populations, etc. Welfare - Welfare issues related to the breeding and distribution of purposely bred dogs, issues and legislation related to health and welfare and human-animal interactions Downloads - Breeding Strategies, shared event resources, Agria Breed profiles, and canine genetics, research, health and welfare resources and materials Website Content Overview - The DogWellNet Digest, our online newsletter, published several times a year provides a collection of the latest news and highlights from IPFD/DogWellNet.com. Current and past issues of DogWellNet Digest are available at https://dogwellnet.com/content/ipfd/dogwellnetcom-digest/ 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. https://dogwellnet.com/ipfd/get-involved/invitation-breed-experts-health-committee-members-r57/ Contact Us General Inquiries: info@ipfdogs.com Harmonization of Genetic Testing inquires: IPFD CEO Brenda.Bonnett@ipfdogs.com or Project Director Aimee.Llewellyn-Zaidi@ipfdogs.com Website content inquiries: website Content Manager Ann Milligan Ann.Milligan@ipfdogs.com
  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. 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..
  11. See the Blog "Every Step We Take".
  12. 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
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