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Awareness can save lives and unnecessary suffering


Canine Immune Mediated Disease Awareness (C.I.M.D.A) is to hold a seminar about auto-immune disease in the dog at the Sky Blue Connexion Centre, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, near Coventry on Sunday 9th June.

This will include presentations by Sara Gould BvetMed, DSAM,CertSAM, MRCVS of the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, Cambridge University, who will provide an overview on auto-immune diseases in the dog, specifically AI skin diseases, and an update on the US Addison’s disease project. She will also discuss how this information will assist the Veterinary Scientists with their research in finding DNA tests for auto-immune disease in the dog.

Dr Jeff Sampson BSc, Dphil is The Kennel Club’s Canine Genetics Co-ordinator and founder of the joint KC/Animal Health Trust project to develop DNA screening tests for inherited disease in pedigree dogs. Dr Sampson, in collaboration with the scientists of the Animal Health Trust has been successful in mapping the canine genome. He will discuss ‘The Future of Dog Breeding’ and how lack of diversity in the genes of the purebred dog is causing certain inherited diseases, and how breeders may have to take steps to widen the gene pool to preserve the future health of their breed.

Dr Jean Dodds DVM (USA) is internationally recognised for her expertise in blood and immune disorders, thyroid disease and nutrition. She has also studied and written extensively on vaccination issues. Dr Dodds will discuss Vaccination issues, auto-immune and thyroid dysfunction, including aberrant behaviour and seizures, nutrition and alternative nutritional remedy support for improving immune function and disease resistance.

The seminar is supported by Midshires Bearded Collie Club, Eastern Bearded Collie Association, Southern Beardie Aid, Southern Counties Bearded Collie Club and the North of England Bearded Collie Club.

If you require further information tel: 020-8368 9148.