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Wanted: Working Huntaways aged 2-10 years

Tuesday, 17 September 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Henderson
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Veterinary Enterprises and the Massey University Working Dog Centre are running a study on the prevalence of canine hip dysplasia in NZ Huntaways.

They are urgently seeking more participant dogs, so that the study can be completed by December. There will be no cost to the owners. Dogs will need to be in good general health, as they will be sedated for radiographs. The study will also involve an examination of the dog, including morphometric measurements, a blood sample for future DNA analysis (part of another Massey University study), and a short owner questionnaire.

Clinics not already involved with the study can participate, providing the approved protocols are followed and an ethics agreement is signed. Alternatively, dog owners can make contact with any VetEnt clinic that is involved in the study. Owners do not have to be current VetEnt clients in order for their dogs to take part. The study has been approved by the Massey University Animal Ethics Committee.

For further information, please email Alanda Rafferty at alanda.rafferty@vetent.co.nz.