Owners and breeders of Rottweilers, deerhounds and Irish wolfhounds are being urged to assist with research being carried out by the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.



Owners and breeders of Rottweilers, deerhounds and Irish wolfhounds are being urged to assist with research being carried out by the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.



RottweilerThe Kennel Club is helping to promote the university’s Owner and Breeder Open Forum Days, which are being introduced for various breeds.

Organised by Mark Dunning, a clinical associate professor in small animal internal medicine, the first event will be held at the vet school on November 30 and will focus on Rottweilers.

Subsequent days planned for Irish Wolfhounds and deerhounds will take place early in 2014.



Explaining the new initiative, Prof Dunning said: “The Owner and Breeder Open Forum Day will work as an interactive forum, where owners and breeders of dogs, along with the clinicians and researchers at the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, can get together to discuss the health issues that appear most troublesome to those owning and caring for the dogs on a daily basis. 

“This will hopefully lead to some exciting developments in the diagnosis, treatment and ultimately eradication of those conditions that are perceived as most important by the owners and breeders themselves.”



Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “The aim of these days and the projects that may develop as a result is to enhance the health of the breeds in question. All owners and breeders who take part will be playing a vital role in the future health of their breed and we would encourage them to support the University of Nottingham with this research.

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