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ISU Veterinarian Discusses Canine Genetic Diseases in AKC Podcast

September 24, 2010

Dr. Matthew Ellinwood, Iowa State University, (515) 294-5136
Ms. Tracy Ann Raef, Veterinary Communications, (515) 294-4602

The AKC Canine Health Foundation has released another podcast in the Genome Barks series. Dr. Matthew Ellinwood, associate professor in the animal science department at Iowa State University and collaborator at ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine discusses genetic diseases in dogs. Genetic diseases can have devastating impact on an animal's health and well being. In the case of a genetic disease within a breed or within the breeding program of a dog breeder genetic diseases can be crippling to genetic progress. In this podcast, Dr. Ellinwood defines the term genetic disease, discusses the avenues taken to eliminate genetic disease, and provides basic recommendations to breeders who are faced with genetic diseases in their breeds.

The Genome Barks podcast series features lectures from the highly successful AKC and CHF Breeders Symposia and provides responsible breeders and pet owners an inside look at the work being done by the Canine Health Foundation.