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VCA Welfare Foundation
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 minork@umn.edu. All submission information will be kept confidential.
  • Dog Genome Project at the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT
    The genome of the domesticated dog, a close evolutionary relation to human, is a powerful new tool for understanding the human genome. Comparison of the dog with human and other mammals reveals key information about the structure and evolution of genes and genomes. The unique breeding history of dogs, with their extraordinary behavioral and physical diversity, offers the opportunity to find important genes underlying diseases shared between dogs and humans, such as cancer, diabetes, and epilepsy. Researchers need blood samples for genome sequencing for all dogs, but especially dogs with the following diseases: Hemangiosarcoma, Osteosarcoma, Lymphoma, Mast Cell Tumors, Addison’s Disease, Diabetes, Kidney failure at a young age and compulsive disorder.
    FMI on sample submission-- Please contact Michele Koltookian at doginfo@broadinstitute.org.
  • 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.
  • 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 snowridge@aeroinc.net.
  • Vizsla Myositis: For more information, please ask your veterinarian to contact Dr Diane Shelton (UCSD) at musclelab@ucsd.edu 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/
  • Participate in a clinical trial at your local veterinary school: http://www.akcchf.org/research/participate-in-research/clinical-trials.html

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


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If you prefer, please give directly via PayPal to vcawf2000@gmail.com.