The Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) have pledged up to £30K to support breeds concerned about the health condition Chiari Malformation/Syringomyelia (CM/SM).
This funding will allow any owners of Kennel Club registered dogs that have had MRI scans taken before the inception of the BVA/KC CM/SM Scheme in 2012, to have their scans assessed by the Scheme and results published for free, a process to the value of £100.
Assessing older MRI scans will aid in the understanding of the disease, and provide invaluable data to help in the development of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) and other valuable resources for responsible dog breeders who are working to reduce the risk of this disease in future puppies. EBVs are a resource that can be used to help select those dogs at lower risk of passing on complex inherited diseases such as hip and elbow dysplasia, or CM/SM, for breeding.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Conditions like CM/SM are scientifically complex and by gathering the data necessary for developing tools such as Estimated Breeding Values, we will achieve a far better understanding of them and develop a more reliable means of protecting breeds that may be affected in the future.
“Both the Kennel Club and BVA are committed to eradicating this condition and are pleased to be able to help owners with older MRI scan results by funding their assessment through the BVA/KC CM/SM Scheme.”
To participate in this offer, MRI scans must have been taken before January 2012, and they can only be accepted from Kennel Club registered dogs at this time. Not all MRI scans may be suitable for assessment as they must meet the CM/SM Scheme Procedures Notes.
Interested owners should contact the Canine Health Schemes Department at the BVA on 020 7908 6380.