The DBRG Symposium
Tackling Hereditary & Breed-related Orthopaedic Problems in Dogs
Join us on Sunday 6th October 2019 - 10.00am to 4.00pm
The Dog Breeding Reform Group is holding a symposium about hereditary and breed-related orthopaedic problems in dogs at the University of Surrey (UK) on Sunday 6th October 2019.
The symposium is for vets, vet students, dog owners, dog breeders, vet nurses, breed health co-ordinators, dog welfare organisations, and anyone interested in canine welfare.
Location & Pricing
School of Veterinary Medicine
Vet School Main Building
Daphne Jackson Road
University of Surrey
£55 per person
£25 for Students and KC Breed Health Co-ordinators
Proof of student status will be required on entry to the Symposium.
- 10.00 to 10.30
Registration, tea and coffee
- 10.30 to 10.40
Introduction to the Dog Breeding Reform Group (DBRG)
- 10.40 to 11.20
Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia and the Canine Health Schemes
Gareth Clayton-Jones B Vet Med DVR DSAO Hon FRCVS DHMSA
- 11.20 to 12.00
‘All in the genes? – the environmental influences on joint disease
Clare Rusbridge BVMS PhD DipECVN FRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Vet Neurology
- 12.00 to 12.40
Use of data from BVA/KC hip and elbow schemes to improve selection
Dr Tom Lewis, Quantitative Geneticist, the Kennel Club
- 12.40 to 1.30
- 1.30 to 2.10
Arthritis – the bolted horse disease! Can we shut the gate sooner and quicker?
Hannah Capon MRCVS Veterinary Director Canine Arthritis Management
- 2.10 to 2.50
Regenerative Medicine in the treatment of orthopaedic conditions
Cameron Black BVMS MVetSci PhD MRCVS
- 2.50 to 3.45
Questions and discussion
Dr Dan O'Neill MVB BSc(hons) GPCert(SAP) GPCert(FelP) GPCert(Derm) GPCert(B&PS) MSc(VetEpi) PhD FRCVS Royal Veterinary College, VetCompass™
Professor Clare Rusbridge
BVMS PhD DipECVN FRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
Clare graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1991 and following an internship at the University of Pennsylvania and general practice in Cambridgeshire, she completed a BSAVA/Petsavers Residency and was Staff Clinician in Neurology at the Royal Veterinary College. She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in 1996 and a RCVS Specialist in 1999. In 2007 she was awarded a PhD from Utrecht University for her thesis on Chiari-like malformation and Syringomyelia. For sixteen years she operated a neurology and neurosurgery referral service at the Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital in Wimbledon. In September 2013 Clare joined Fitzpatrick Referrals and the University of Surrey. Her professional interests include epilepsy, neuropathic pain, inherited diseases, and rehabilitation following spinal injury. She treats many animals with painful and/or distressing inherited disease which motivates her research which aims to find a better way of diagnosing, treating and preventing these conditions. She was awarded the J. A. Wright Memorial Award by The Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity in 2011 for her work with Syringomyelia. In 2014 she received the FECVA award for best original paper also on Syringomyelia and in 2016 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Clare has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific articles and book chapters including being co-editor for a medical textbook on Syringomyelia published by Springer. Clare is a trustee of DBRG.
Dr Tom Lewis
Quantitative Geneticist, Kennel Club
Tom gained his PhD investigating multiple aspects of quantitative genetics (including genotype by environment interactions, heterosis and recombination loss effects, and modelling inherited and non-inherited components of traits) at the Roslin Institute and Nottingham University. He joined the Animal Health Trust in 2008, where his research focusing on genetic analysis of complex inherited disease and population structure in pedigree dog breeds resulted in multiple publications, several conference presentations and many talks to breed clubs. He was also heavily involved in implementing the Kennel Club’s ‘Mate Select’ web tool. In 2014 he joined the Kennel Club to provide ‘in-house’ genetics expertise.
MRCVS, Veterinary Director, Canine Arthritis Management (CAM)
Hannah graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and threw herself into small animal practice. She has worked in numerous veterinary practices around the UK in a variety of roles from locum to clinical director. She considers herself ‘just a vet’ with an unhealthy interest in improving veterinary provision for chronic pain management. Having set up Canine Arthritis Support Services, offering gold standard care in owners’ homes she felt compelled to improve what she feels is an overlooked welfare issue in our owned canine population. She founded and now directs Canine Arthritis Management (CAM) a respected online resource for owners of arthritic dogs and canine professionals. Through her tireless work in practice, in owners’ homes and online, Hannah feels strongly that the vet industry should do much more to improve the health and welfare of dogs, but it may have to start thinking differently in order to do so. CAM is now a recognised service around the world which has earned Hannah nominations for the CEVA Chris Laurence Vet of the Year (twice), Petplan Vet of the Year 2019 and a position on the board of directors of the International Association of Pain Management. Hannah has also been nominated for the Board of Directors of the International Veterinary Director of Pain Management (IVAPM). Hannah and her team travel the UK providing training for practices to develop their own OA A-Team, providing owner workshops and appearing a numerous public speaking events.
Dr Cameron Black
BVMS MVetSci PhD MRCVS Clinical Research Officer, Fitzpatrick Referrals
Cameron Black graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2008 and worked in general practice for four years before entering research to pursue an interest in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. He completed a master’s degree in perivascular stem cell biology at the University of Edinburgh, developing an interest in the workings and characterisation of human and animal stem cell populations. Cameron went on to complete a PhD in the clinical application of musculoskeletal stem cells and biomaterials in human tissue engineering from the University of Southampton before joining Fitzpatrick Referrals in 2017. Alongside Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, Cameron leads on the design and implementation of stem cell and biological reparative therapies available through Fitzpatrick Referrals’ Osteoarthritis Clinic. Cameron is interested in combining regenerative therapies alongside a wide range of non-surgical treatment modalities in the management of musculoskeletal disease.
Dr Dan O’Neill
VetCompass™ Senior Lecturer in Companion Animal Epidemiology, Royal Veterinary College MVB BSc(hons) GPCert(SAP) GPCert(FelP) GPCert(Derm) GPCert(B&PS) MSc(VetEpi) PhD FRCVS
After graduating in veterinary medicine from Dublin in 1987, Dan worked in large and small animal general practice until 2009. After an MSc and then PhD in veterinary epidemiology from 2009-2014 at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to develop the VetCompass™ programme of research, he is now Senior Lecturer in Companion Animal Epidemiology at RVC. Dan has authored over 50 VetCompass™ papers since 2012 providing welfare evidence relevant to UK companion animals. He has co-authored the third edition of the book, ‘Breed Predispositions to Disease in Dogs and Cats’ as well as a book on hamster health, ‘Hamsters: in sickness and in health’. His current research programme focuses on breed-related health issues in dogs and cats. Dan is a trustee of DBRG.