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An Urban Experience
We as veterinarian should guarantee that proper inclusion/ diagnostic criteria are used for screening procedures as well as for inclusion in registries of identified cases.
is to investigate and reveal the etiology
It is the prime responsibility of researcher within the field of small animal medicine to reveal the etiology and to evaluate thereon based treatments. With the canine genome recently discovered an extra dimension has been added to research on canine genetic diseases by its comparative value also for human health. With a great value of well validated cases (and controls) for various inherited diseases in such research, the assistance
of practitioners (specialists as well as general) are of outmost importance to take full advantage of it.
By different training and positions, our roles and responsibility for canine genetic health may vary. It is though becoming evident that we all can contribute with special skills and experiences.
General Practitioners are the ones most exposed to various health problems with a genetic background.
The ones in general practice are seeing a wide variety
of cases and those specializing in a discipline a greater number only within their field of specialization. Daily contact with owners of these Dogs should be utilized to not only revile suffering of the individual animal but also to inform about an animal’s suitability for breeding.
Practicing specialists are commonly involved in various screening programs for hereditary disorders and thereby a very important “launcher” of these programs. As sampling for molecular genetic testing can be performed by any practicing veterinarian, these screening programs should ideally be well known by all of us.
Practicing veterinarians involved in reproduction and pediatrics have a special exposure also to breeders – experienced as well as those with very little experience. At deliveries it is appropriate also to discuss whether
or not a bitch is suitable for further breeding. In some countries including Sweden it is already common practice to have all puppies “inspected” before delivery. In UK a special puppy contract have recently been launched.
Veterinarians at academic institutions and other vets involved in research are playing an important role to apply their results into practical dog breeding and to take advantage of and promote the noted value of canine research also for comparative studies for the benefit of humans.
Veterinarians employed by kennel clubs Nowadays, some kennel clubs have veterinarians and / or geneticist full-time employed to assist in matters related to health
and breeding. Others have veterinary and genetical consultants on a part time basis for specific purposes i.e. serving on hip, elbow and eye panels
Veterinarians with dual roles By involvement in breeding, breed clubs, dog “sports” including showing, and as consultants, many veterinarians are strongly involved
in the cynological organization in various functions; commonly serving on health committees but not rarely as even as presidents of breed club and even national kennel Clubs. Veterinarians with such involvement have a responsibility to function as a bridge between the profession and the “cynological” world.
At an international and regional level WSAVA
and FECAVA and at national levels the national veterinary organizations should promote collaborative efforts, i.e. to work together with the cynological organizations in the setup of screening programs and registries.
As specialist organizations the American and European Colleges should serve as authorities to validate diagnostic criteria and procedures in their special area of competence.
As a conclusion of views presented above the following is proposed:
That the veterinary profession takes a more active part in pre-breeding inspections and advices regarding potential breeding stock
That the veterinary profession is involved in the launching of puppy health certificates
That veterinarians in conjunction with routine procedures for individuals as micro chipping, vaccinations, flea control and deworming also brings up discussions on whether an individual is suitable for breeding or not
That the veterinary profession by introduction in the curriculum is better prepared to take a more active part in breeding advices related to screening procedures they are involved in.
That the professions nationally and internationally take an active part in collaborative efforts with other stakeholders for enhancement of canine genetic health

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