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AKC Canine Health Foundation News Alert

Pfizer Animal Health, AKC Canine Health Foundation Form Exclusive Research Alliance [Wednesday, September 8, 2010]

With an aim toward dramatically strengthening efforts to prevent, treat and cure canine disease, Pfizer Animal Health and the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Inc. have formed an exclusive research partnership.

The new alliance - in which Pfizer Animal Health is the sole biopharmaceutical partner of the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), providing an initial commitment of $500,000 over two years - will focus on both basic and applied research initiatives, as well as sharing leadership and scientific expertise.

The collaboration is part of Pfizer Animal Health's ongoing Commitment to Veterinarians - supporting veterinarians through training and education, research and development, and investing in the future of the veterinary profession.

"Pfizer Animal Health is the premier, world-renowned pharmaceutical company dedicated to veterinary medicine," says Terry T. Warren, PhD, JD, CEO and General Counsel for CHF. "We're excited about the possibilities that this new alliance will bring to enhancing research related to prevention, treatment and cure of canine disease - and how this supports veterinarians, the animals they care for and their owners."

Pfizer Animal Health and CHF already have a successful history of working together on numerous canine health research initiatives, including the Canine Comparative Oncology & Genomics Consortium housed at the National Cancer Institute, as well as Pfizer Animal Health's novel treatment for canine mast cell tumors.

"What this new alliance offers in addition to funding important canine research is significant," says David Haworth, DVM, PhD, Director of Global Alliances for Pfizer Animal Health. "We have the opportunity to gain enormous insights and be a part of pursuing scientific discoveries that not only impact animals, but may also involve translational medicine that impacts humans."

As part of the new partnership, both Dr. Haworth and Karen Greenwood, director of the Pfizer Companion Animal Internal Medicine Unit, have joined the CHF Board of Directors and Grants Committee, respectively.

Together, Pfizer Animal Health and CHF will determine new avenues of research and establish a portfolio of grants that will most effectively influence the health of dogs.

Canine Reproduction Podcast

American Kennel Club and AKC Canine Health Foundation Release Podcast on Canine Reproduction [Thursday, June 19, 2008]

The American Kennel Club and the AKC Canine Health Foundation are pleased to release the next podcast in the series. In this podcast, Dr. Lin Kauffman, BS, DVM, a reproductive specialist at Iowa State University, discusses the reasons for using artificial insemination when breeding, and also some of the pitfalls of performing Ceasarean sections.

Recorded at the Iowa State University Breeders' Symposium, a program sponsored by both the American Kennel Club and the AKC Canine Health Foundation, this podcast can be accessed from either the American Kennel Club website at or the AKC Canine Health Foundation website at - click on "Podcasts." It is also available on Apple's iTunes® or directly at Individuals who access the podcast through iTunes® are encouraged to submit reviews.

Clubs are encouraged to add the Genome Barks Podcast link to their home pages. Contact the AKC Canine Health Foundation to obtain graphics and links.

Upcoming Breeders' Symposia are scheduled for June 28-29 at Purdue Univeristy and August 2-3 in Syracuse, New York.

Click here to listen to the podcasts.

Click here for more information.

Click here to support important research at the AKC Canine Health Foundation and please consider a recurring gift.

Erica Kitchen
Acting Director of Development
AKC Canine Health Foundation

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Video Series

Complete Video Series Available Online from the 2009 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference

[Tuesday, August 24, 2010]

The AKC Canine Health Foundation is pleased to announce that all ten videos recorded at the 2009 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference held in St. Louis are available for viewing.

The videos, which can be viewed by clicking here include:

  • Dr. Matthew Breen, "Canine Cancer & Comparative Genomics: New Technologies, New Opportunities"

  • Dr. David Vail, "Clinical Trials in Veterinary Oncology: Past, Present and Future"

  • Dr. Simon Platt, "New Diagnostic and Therapeutic Investigations of Neurological Disease in Dogs"

  • Dr. Danika Bannasch, "Dalmatian Bladder Stones: Not Just a Dalmatian Problem"

  • Dr. Brian Zanghi, "Nutrients to Promote Physical Recovery in Active Dogs"

  • Dr. Eric Ledbetter, "Canine Herpesvirus-1: a New Pathogenic Role for an Old Virus"

  • Dr. Ziad Ramadan, "Metabonomics: A Tool for Nutrition Research"

  • Mike Sampson, BJ, MEx, "One Health One Medicine ? Strengthening the Human Animal Links"

  • Dr. Mark Oyama, "Matters of the Heart: Advances in Canine Cardiac Research"
  • Dr. Ebenezer Satayraj, "Immunonutrition"

The conference, sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, brought together leading researchers and representatives from national breed clubs to discuss the current state of canine health research, and where the future will lead.

Click here for additional information about the active research the CHF has funded.

You can help by providing financial support to the AKC Canine Health Foundation's efforts; click here to make a secure online donation and please consider a recurring gift.

Erika Werne
Director of Education & Communications
AKC Canine Health Foundation

The Canine Health Foundation, founded in 1995, is the largest nonprofit worldwide to fund health research exclusively for canines. Our goal is to help dogs live longer, healthier lives. The Canine Health Foundation is the leader in non-invasive genetic health research, stem cell research, and biotherapeutics benefiting both canines and humans.  Through the generous financial support of Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. and the American Kennel Club , we’re proud to announce we have allocated nearly $24 million to canine health research at veterinary schools and research institutions worldwide.