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    Harmonization for Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) Aimee Llewellyn, Project Director | Dr. Brenda Bonnett, CEO IPFD IPFD's Harmonization for Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) is a collaborative open access online resource with two major components: The Quality Testing Database Genetic Counselling resource The goal is to provide guidance on Commercial Test Providers ((CTPs), e.g. laboratories), quality assurance, and genetic test reliability and application.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is to be commended on its attention to the complex and quickly evolving world of genetic testing and dog breeding! Their article on: Genetic panel testing for breeds and hereditary disorders promises insights for dog owners, breeders, and veterinarians: Unlocking the genetic secrets of your dog in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) AVMA's new policy encourages research, continuing education, and outreach on inherited disorders in companion animals: AVMA passes policy on responsible pet breeding The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a multi-stakeholder, non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the global dog world together to share information and resources and to take actions to enhance the health, well-being and welfare of dogs. As the JAVMA article mentions, a major initiative is the IPFD Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs. Project sponsors include the IPFD Partners, including various national kennel clubs, Agria Animal Insurance (Sweden and UK), the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, American Kennel Club-Canine Health Foundation, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and their Hereditary Disease Committee, as well as various commercial test providers including, two mentioned in the JAVMA article, e.g. Mars Veterinary and Genoscoper. The full list of current sponsors and an overview of the Harmonization initiative are available (elsewhere) on DogWellNet.com, the web platform of the IPFD. Genetic testing is one of the most complex issues facing dog owners, breeders and veterinarians. Owners of individual dogs may, as described in the article, access ‘DNA testing’ to look at a dog’s parentage, breed ancestry; to determine a general list of health risks; or to find out information on a specific clinical issue. This may be done for interest or diagnostic information. However, for breeders of dogs there are added layers of complexity that may be amplified by the burgeoning availability of panel tests. It’s easy to say breeders should do all available tests. But is that practical or even the best approach? A breeder may spend several hundreds of dollars on genetic testing, but their breed or kennel club may be telling them they must also screen for important diseases not covered by genetic tests, e.g. hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, eye conditions. And they must try to breed a dog with good behaviour and appropriate breed characteristics, while, hopefully also paying attention to genetic diversity and other measures of ‘wellness’ of the breed, as a whole. The prospect is daunting. The reality is that the number of genetic tests available for dogs is increasing at an exponential rate; many tests coming out of research on important human diseases, and often the actual risk indicated by a test result and/ or the relevance for the overall health of the dog is unclear. In some countries, it is recommended against or even illegal to breed an animal that has a known abnormality or risk for disease. Positive results from a huge panel of genetic tests, even if some of those tests have not been validated for that breed, may unnecessarily preclude that animal from breeding. In some countries, there are an increasing frequency of litigation against breeders, sometimes unrealistically holding them accountable for any and every problem a dog may experience. But we are talking about biological organisms – and no animal – human or dog or other – can be bred to eliminate any possibility of disease. Some opponents of purebred dogs will have little sympathy for the conscientious breeder saying it is impossible to test for everything. But purebred and pedigreed dogs are worth sustaining. And more importantly, what is the alternative? We know that in most countries, a vast proportion of the demand for dogs is supplied by commercial breeders, many of whom may not have the health and welfare of their breeding animals or puppies as a first priority. There are increasing numbers of designer/ crossbreed dogs and a tendency to believe that any and all mixed breed dogs are healthier than any and all pedigreed dogs. Both of these categories of breeders tend to operate outside the oversight of authorities, breed clubs or kennel clubs who try to have a holistic view of health, behaviour and welfare. The AVMA statement on breeding reflects some similar concerns. Suffice it to say the complexity of the world of dog health and breeding can be almost overwhelming. As for genetic testing, the optimism about the great potential offered by panel tests, e.g., must be tempered by the reality that some tests within a panel may not be validated or meaningful for a given breed or condition. In the JAVMA article, both Dr. Giger and Dr. Bell express a need for judicious use of tests. Many commercial test providers offer information on the interpretation and application of test results, at least for the individual owner or dog, if not for use in breeding decisions. But we must understand that there is a strong profit-based drive behind many of these offerings, reflected by increasing numbers of commercial entities offering tests. The widespread and sophisticated marketing, e.g. online, makes this world even more challenging for consumers to navigate. The IPFD Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (Harmonization) initiative grew out of international collaborative efforts to address tough issues like: How can a consumer recognize a good quality from poorer quality labs or commercial test providers? How does an owner or breeder make an informed decision about the best product for their dog/ situation? How can this be done keeping a holistic view on all issues of health and welfare? How can veterinarians possibly keep up with all these new developments? Where can consumers and veterinarians get expert opinions truly independent from commercial interests? How can we ensure that the terrific potential for genetic testing to improve health in dogs is not negatively impacted by all these challenges? The Harmonization initiative will be one Theme at the IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop, hosted by the French Kennel Club in Paris, France, 21-23 April 2017. This meeting involves decision-leaders in the dog world, from many stakeholder groups, who come together to identify priorities and actions that need international collaboration. In addition to genetic testing, themes include Breed-Specific Health Programs; Behaviour and Welfare; Education and Communication (focus on antimicrobial resistance/ prudent use of antimicrobials); Numbers/ Quantitative Data on dogs and health; and Health Issues of Extreme Conformation. Further information on the background, program, themes and goals, including registration information is available on the Workshop website and elsewhere on DogWellNet.com. Our most recent Collaborating Partner, is the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology journal and they will be on hand at the workshop and will help support dissemination of information from the workshop. The IPFD, their partners and collaborators, together with sponsors of the Harmonization initiative – including commercial test providers who have stepped forward to take a leadership role - are, in the first phase, creating a prototype of a database of quality for commercial test providers. We recognize the leadership of the WSAVA. We hope to engage other veterinary organizations as their input will be key, especially as we develop the Expert Panels who will provide collective, valid and balanced advice on tests, testing and application as we move into the next phases of the Harmonization initiative. The Harmonization of Genetic Testing in Dogs will succeed through collaborative, multi-stakeholder, international participation to address the complex issues of genetic testing for dogs with an aim to capitalize on the great potential of technological developments to improve dog health and to support consumers. For further information please contact : Brenda Bonnett, CEO IPFD; brenda.bonnett@ipfdogs.com Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, Project Director; Aimee.Llewellyn-Zaidi@ipfdogs.com
  5. Many thanks to the AKC-CHF and our other sponsors for supporting the collaborative Harmonization of Genetic Testing initiative!!! See the Dog News Annual Issue for the complete article.
  6. Below 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.
  7. The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) announces the “Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs” initiative: to support the appropriate selection and use of DNA testing in dog health and breeding decisions The ever-increasing emergence of new canine DNA tests and testing laboratories has made choosing quality DNA testing providers and the right DNA tests for health and breeding decisions increasingly challenging for many owners, breeders and veterinarians. Working with a wide-spectrum of stakeholders in dog health, the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) "Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs" initiative will provide practical support to address these challenges.
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    These documents summarize concepts for the themes covered at the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop. The documents provide a general overview of breakout sessions for each theme and offer key points and priorities covered in discussions as well as action plan This file contains the following PDF's: Behavior and Welfare Theme_IDHW Sharing Sessions 1_2 Breed Specific Health Strategies_IDHW Sharing Sessions 1_2 Education Communication Antibiotics_IDHW Sharing Sessions 1_2 Exaggerations of conformation_IDHW Sharing Session1_2 Harmonization of Genetic Testing_IDHW Sharing Sessions 1_2 Show Me the Numbers_IDHW Sharing Sessions 1_2
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  13. I am very pleased to be joining the IPFD as project manager of the Harmonization of Genetic Testing of Dogs.  With the aim of Improving standardization of, and access to, robust genetic testing to support health improvements and ensure a sustainable future for healthy dogs.”

  14. 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.
  15. The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is an association of associations. Its membership is made up of veterinary organisations from all over the world, which are concerned with companion animals. The Hereditary Diseases Committee of the WSAVA is collaborating on the IPFD Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative. Website: www.wsava.org
  16. Special Breed Specific Instructions (BSI) regarding exaggerations in pedigree dogs: A health protective project initiated by the Swedish Kennel Club. A general reflection is that the increasing and necessary focus on health and soundness in purebred dogs contains an increasing demand for advanced knowledge about excellent breed type in judges. Show judges are expected to preserve breed type of the purebred dogs – not only the health and life of the dogs with pedigrees. Link: http://www.skk.se/Global/Dokument/Utstallning/special-breed-specific-instructions-A8.pdf also in our Downloads section. ... with permission from Dr Göran Bodegård MD PhD Chairman of the BSI group of the Swedish Kennel Club, Stockholm, Sweden
  17. 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.
  18. We're Genoscoper - the specialists in canine genetics and animal DNA testing. We offer solutions to help you make informed decisions about pet care and breeding, through comprehensive testing services and improved DNA diagnostics, with the most advanced BioIT. Genoscoper is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.
  19. The stellar group of participants at the IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop (3rd IDHW) came to collaborate and we really put them to work. The attendees, who certainly engaged and challenged and stimulated each other, accomplished a lot and it seems they are going home extremely satisfied with the experience. More importantly, the majority have committed to participate in specific actions, with clear objectives, goals, timelines and deliverables. There is a clear potential for real momentum to carry us forward towards the 4th IDHW in the UK. Our diligent efforts were assisted by candy bars courtesy Mars Veterinary ... between those and lots of strong French coffee, we pulled it off! A huge shout out to the French Kennel Club (SCC) for putting on a well-organized event at a great venue. The food was fantastic - thanks to Agria for sponsoring the breaks and lunches. The boat cruise on the Seine was extraordinary - thanks to Royal Canin ... more good food and wine with a panoramic view of the sites of Paris, including the amazing icon of the Eiffel Tour, complete with its delightful, hourly light-show. More information soon on the topics, challenges and future plans in the days to come. We will be posting material from speakers, posters, and break out sessions, and photographs as well as the detailed plans addressing breed-specific health strategies, behaviour and welfare implications of early socialization, exaggerations of conformation, the harmonization of genetic testing, education/ communication on appropriate use of antibiotics, and the need for numbers/ quantitative information. There will be lots of outreach to stakeholders who weren't at the meeting; hopefully to further engage the wider dog community in this important work. Thanks to all those who contributed... from individual dog owners, breeders, breed club reps, kennel club advisors and executives, many veterinarians, researchers, corporate and industry people, welfare organisations ... I feel like I am at the Academy Awards and will surely miss someone! This was a diverse community united by a commitment to enhance the health, well-being and welfare of dogs and to promote the best in human-dog interactions. It is an honour and privilege to be part of this devoted and passionate community. The future looks bright for innovative and sustained international collaboration.
  20. The Canine Health Foundation is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.
  21. Neogen Genomics operations deliver innovative, affordable DNA testing for the discovery and commercial application of genomic advances that enhance the safety and abundance of life. Neogen Genomics is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.
  22. 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.
  23. Our mission is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of your pet with fully personalised, breed-specific care. Orivet was founded on the premise that each and every pet is unique, with its own set of specific traits, behaviours, genetic health needs and inherent risks. We work with pet owners, breeders and vets to provide completely personalised products and services that treat and care for pets as the unique individuals they are, taking into account each pet’s genetic makeup, age, sex and lifestyle. Through this we aim to encourage the development of a deep, genuine and lasting bond between pets and their owners. Orivet is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.
  24. 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.
  25. Approaching fast – but there are still places available at the IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop hosted by the French Kennel Club in Paris 21-23 April 2017 - Register here! Why not join us in Paris for a truly interactive working meeting of international decision-leaders in dog health and welfare. We already have people registered from over 20 countries, including breeders, kennel club health advisors, communication experts, Directors and Presidents; veterinarians; researchers; veterinary organizations; welfare organizations; judges; geneticists; industry representatives; and more. Share your information, expertise and experience and be part of global actions to improve the health, well-being and welfare of dogs. Format: There are short plenary talks early on Saturday. From 10:45 on Saturday until 2 pm on Sunday the focus is on interactive breakout sessions designed to identify priorities, needs and actions need to advance within six Themes. Each attendee participates in one theme; as well as plenary sharing sessions to share goals and convergence across themes and a final summary to identify key actions moving forward toward the 4th IDHW (in the UK in 2019). Please see the Workshop website to register and for more information on the venue and program; including the listing of internationally recognized speakers who will deliver our short but powerful plenary talks. Here are the Themes: Breed-Specific Health Strategies: By breed, nationally and internationally. Exaggerations And Extremes In Dog Conformation: Health, welfare and breeding considerations; latest national and international efforts. IPFD Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative: Selection, evaluation and application of genetic testing Behaviour and Welfare: How can we better integrate concepts of welfare, behaviour and health in breeding and raising dogs? Education and Communication - Antimicrobial Resistance/ Prudent Use of Antibiotics: How can international collaboration support education and communication within and across stakeholder groups (esp. between veterinarians and breeders). Show Me The Numbers: Integrating information from various sources for prevalence, risks and other population-level information Participate and make a difference for dogs! Need more information? Contact: Brenda Bonnett, CEO IPFD brenda.bonnett@ipfdogs.com Anne Mary Chimion, SCC anne-mary.chimion@centrale-canine.fr