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Health Committee Chair - Nancy Hopkins
Research - Ginger Jones
Clinics - Leonore Abordo
Holter Committee Chair - Leslie Walenta
Holter Commiittee Member - Barb Ewing
Holter Committee Member - Jenny Coomler

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Micropthalmia DNA Marker Study

Get information on a marker study for micropthalmia here.

AKC CHF Podcast

AKC Canine Health Foundation Podcast About the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) With Dr. David Whitley

The AKC Canine Health Foundation welcomes Dr. David Whitley, a board certified ophthalmologist at Iowa State University. Dr. Whitley has focused his research efforts on corneal diseases of the dog, and Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I). In this podcast, we discuss the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF), what the exam entails, why participating in the CERF registry is important for breeders and owners, and what some of the most common eye diseases are in the dog.

The Genome Barks podcast series features lectures from the highly successful AKC and CHF Breeders Symposia and provides responsible breeders and pet owners an inside look at the work being done by the Canine Health Foundation.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Eyes / Vision

American College of Veterinary Opthamologists - "the ACVO advances the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary opthamology."

OFA Eye Certification (formerly CERF - Canine Eye Registration Foundation) - organized with the goal of eliminating heritable eye disease in purebred dogs

AKC CHF Call for Participation

Research Area: Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Breeds: Any breed, but particularly Golden Retriever, Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan terriers, Lhasa Apsos
Researchers at the Animal Health Trust require DNA samples from affected dogs and their close relatives (siblings, parents and grandparents, affected or unaffected). The DNA can be submitted as a 5ml EDTA blood sample or as a cheek swab and be accompanied by a 5-generation pedigree and any relevant health certificates / veterinary diagnoses.

For additional information contact:
Cathryn Mellersh PhD
Animal Health Trust
Lanwades Park
Tel: +44 (0)1638 750659
Fax: +44 (0)1638 750794