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New DNA testing schemes for the Norwegian elkhound
The Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA testing schemes for primary open angle glaucoma and chondrodysplasia in the Norwegian elkhound.

Schemes to combat primary open glaucoma and chondrodysplasia

Two new DNA testing schemes to combat inherited disease in the Norwegian elkhound have been approved by the Kennel Club.

The DNA testing schemes, announced following consultation with the breed clubs, are for primary open glaucoma (POAG) and chondrodysplasia (CDSL).

POAG is caused by inadequate draining of fluid from the eye and can lead to irreversible blindness. Until now there has been no means of clinically screening for the conditions, and clinical signs tend to first appear in middle-aged dogs, often after breeding age.

Chondrodysplasia is a condition that affects the development and growth of the skeleton, manifesting as a shortening of the limbs or disproportionate dwarfism. The severity of the condition varies among the species.

“The Kennel Club works alongside breed clubs and breed health coordinators in a collaborative effort to improve the health of pedigree dogs and is happy to accommodate a club's request to add a new DNA test to its lists,” the Kennel Club said in a statement. 

“A formal request from the breed's health coordinator or a majority request from the breed clubs is normally required to do this. Test results will be added to the dog’s registration details which will trigger the publication of the result in the next available Breed Records Supplement. 

“The result will appear on any new registration certificate issued for the dog and on the registration certificates of any future progeny of the dog, and also on the Health Test Results Finder on the Kennel Club website.”

It is mandatory for the dog’s microchip (or tattoo) number to be recorded along wither the dog’s registered name or registered number on any DNA certificate. Test results that do not carry these features will not be included on the Kennel Club database.

To find out which laboratories the Kennel Club is able to record results from, and which labs will send results direct to the Kennel Club, to the worldwide DNA testing list at

Image (C) Diane Pearce Collection/The Kennel Club.

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Rare chimp birth announced at Edinburgh Zoo

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 The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomed the birth of a critically endangered western chimpanzee on Monday 3 February at Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail.

The baby girl will be named in the coming days through a public vote, and staff will carry out a paternity test during its first health check to determine the father.

Mother Heleen's first infant, Velu, was born in 2014, making this new baby only the second chimpanzee born in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Budongo Trail team leader Donald Gow said: "While we celebrate every birth, this one is particularly special because our new arrival is a critically endangered Western chimpanzee, a rare subspecies of chimpanzee."

Image (c) RZSS/Donald Gow. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.