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Kennel Club launches new DNA tests
The tests involve a cheek swab to gather DNA.
New tests will check for breed-relevant disorders.

The Kennel Club has launched a range of 87 individual DNA tests to help owners and breeders protect their dogs’ health.

Developed in association with Weatherbys Scientific, a genetics laboratory in Ireland, each test package checks for genetic markers associated with breed-relevant inherited disorders.

The results will be available on The Kennel Club website, helping breeders choose health-tested mates for their dogs and allowing puppy buyers to check that the dog they want came from health-tested parents.

Owners will also be able to learn from the results if their dog is more likely to be affected by certain disorders, helping them to prepare for any potential problems that might develop as the dog gets older.

Bill Lambert, health, welfare and breeding services executive at The Kennel Club, said: “The service extends beyond testing, with results automatically uploaded to dogs’ records, saving breeders time and effort. We also provide breeding advice as an integral part of the offering, and The Kennel Club’s specialist health team are on hand to provide tailored advice over the phone or via email.

“Importantly – and uniquely – those using The Kennel Club DNA Testing Services are directly supporting canine genetic research. Through data collection and reinvestment of all funds, owners using these services are actively contributing to a collective effort to reduce the prevalence of genetic diseases in dogs.”

Image © The Kennel Club and James Robinson

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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RCVS HQ to temporarily relocate

The headquarters of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) is to move temporarily, ahead of its permanent relocation later in the year.

From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.