The VCA Welfare Foundation
is dedicated to advancing medical research to benefit the health and welfare of the Vizsla. We collaborate with leading research institutions and with the AKC Canine Health Foundation to identify research projects of the highest veterinary standards. The success of these projects, in part, is dependent on using viable samples from our breed. The Welfare Foundation encourages Vizsla owners to participate in these health studies when appropriate. Below is a list of research projects open to Vizslas in need of submissions.
- Epilepsy Research —PHASE 3
In the fall of 2014, with funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKC CHF), Dr. Ned Patterson and his team at the University of Minnesota launched Phase 3 of the Epilepsy Research Initiative to identify multiple markers for the disease, concentrating on both the Vizsla and the Australian Shepherd. To insure the success of this research, Dr. Patterson’s team needs as many affected samples from seizing dogs as possible, including related family members. They also need samples from unaffecteds (or controls) who are 8 years or older. FMI about sample submission and participation in the University of Minnesota’s Epilepsy Research Initiative, please contact Katie Minor at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submission information will be kept confidential.
- Cornell University Vizsla Mast Cell Tumor Study
To make this research a success, the researchers need more samples from 100 affected/100 controls (non-affected). Affected dogs have received an MCT diagnosis documented by histopathology. Controls must be 8 years and older and free of the disease. To request a sample kit, please contact Susan Garrison at email@example.com. The VCA WF will pay for shipping and handling.
- Call For DNA Samples for the Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium
This cancer study includes Vizslas and is focused on Lymphoma and Melanoma.
- Call For DNA Samples for Cleft Lip and/or Palate in Dogs Research
For use in a study to identify the genes responsible for cleft lip and/ or cleft palate in dogs.
- Call for DNA samples at the University of Minnesota, Modiano Laboratory to study Hemangiosarcoma, Lymphoma and Osteosarcoma in the Vizsla. To learn more about sample submission, please contact Dr Jaime Modiano’s lab by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (612/626-6890).
- Canine Health Foundation (CHIC) is actively collecting DNA blood samples for Lymphosarcoma; this is a continuation of the Lymphosarcoma Project initiated by the Magyar Vizsla Society and the VCA. For more information, please contact Sue Boggs at email@example.com.
- Vizsla Myositis: For more information, please ask your veterinarian to contact Dr Diane Shelton (UCSD) at firstname.lastname@example.org and read Dr. Shelton’s article on Myostitis. Please note: Dr Shelton can only respond to veterinarian requests. To learn more about myositis research in the UK and how to participate, visit http://www.vizslahealth.net/polymyositis/introduction/
To find additional research projects, a full list of health issues and submissions needed can be found on the AKC CHF website.
AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) Grant Updates
Provide funding to health research projects.