Although heritable diseases and harmful breed characteristics are very important from a social, veterinary and comparative biomedical perspective, quantitative insight is lacking. The clinical, epidemiological and molecular genetic aspects that play a role have never been compared to one another for the Dutch breed populations. Yet this is vital in order to deal with the ‘purebred dog problem’. Veterinarians can only advise breeders on how to breed in a healthier and focused manner if they know which diseases occur at what frequency, and what diagnostic options are available.
The Expertise Centre Genetics of Companion Animals combines the needed multi-disciplinary knowledge and infrastructure within the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals. It brings together knowledge of clinical genetics, population genetics and molecular genetics. Together with primary-care veterinarians, we can optimally supervise the breeding of purebred animals. The ambition is to provide a real contribution to improving the health of purebred dogs and cats in the Netherlands.
The Expertise Centre was set up in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the KNMvD/GGG and the Dutch kennel club. On June 1st 2014, the latter organisation instituted a DNA databank for purebred dogs, which provides an important stimulus for the development of DNA diagnostics by the Expertise Centre. The Centre also has a close partnership with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine’s Centre for Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine, in order to guarantee the quality of the research conducted and to ensure the optimal utilisation of the epidemiological data generated.
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