[ SHOWGSD-L ] AKC Forms Canine Health & Welfare Advisory Panel

  • From: Stormy Hope <Stormy435@xxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:50:40 -0700

AKC Forms Canine Health & Welfare Advisory Panel
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Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:39 am (PDT)


http://www.akc.org/news/index.cfm?article_id909

AKC Forms Canine Health & Welfare Advisory Panel

[Friday, July 17, 2009]

New York, NY- The American Kennel Club® is pleased to announce the
formation of the AKC Canine Health & Welfare Advisory Panel, extending
and enhancing AKC's longstanding focus on the health and welfare of
dogs. The panel's goal will be to provide factual and impartial
information by creating a forum for proactive discourse based on
scientific and ethical concerns. The AKC hopes to strengthen
opportunities for the public to admire, love and own purebred dogs and
to foster greater public education about health concerns relevant to all
dogs.

Members of the Panel are:

* Sandra Barker, PhD, NCC, LPC, Director of the Center for
Human-Animal Interaction, Virginia Commonweath University

* Jerold Bell, DVM, Clinical Associate Professor of Genetics, Dept.
of Clinical Sciences, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

* Edmund Dziuk, COO, Orthopedic Foundation For Animals, Columbia, MO

* John Hamil, DVM, Canyon Animal Hospital, Laguna Beach, CA

* Joan Hendricks, VMD, PhD, The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean, University of
Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

* Linda Lord, DVM, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of
Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Ohio State University

* Colleen O'Keefe, DVM, MS, Division Manager, Food Safety & Animal
Protection, Illinois Department of Agriculture

* Patricia Olson, DVM, PhD, President & CEO, Morris Animal Foundation

* Elaine Ostrander, PhD, Chief & Senior Investigator, National
Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health (Pending)

* Frances Smith, DVM, PhD, Chair and President, Board of Directors,
Orthopedic Foundation For Animals, Columbia, MO; Smith Veterinary
Hospital, Inc., Burnsville, MN

Also joining the panel will be AKC Board Members Patricia H. Haines,
DVM, and Alan Kalter. AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung will
participate as an ex officio member.

"This impressive group offers a wide range of credentials and knowledge
that will be a tremendous resource regarding information on canine
health issues that affect all dogs," said Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman.
"Americans are more passionate about pets than ever before. The combined
expertise and collective dedication to animal welfare that this panel
represents will engage the public on the topic of responsible dog
breeding and provide balanced information from impartial sources."

For more information about canine health visit www.akcdoghealth.com.
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