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  August 2021

Cindy Otto and Moxie 2018  Asa Mays, DVM Excellence in Canine Health Research Award

Cynthia M. Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR was presented the 2021 Asa Mays, DVM Excellence in Canine Health Research Award during the 2021 AKC Canine Health Foundation National Parent Club Canine Health Conference. The cornerstone of Dr. Otto’s AKC CHF-funded research has been the 9/11 Medical Surveillance Study describing the short and long-term effects of deployment on toxicology, behavior, mortality, the dog-handler relationship, and more in search and rescue dogs. Congratulations Dr. Otto!

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 AKC Canine College vertical logo New Resource for Breeders

The AKC Canine Health Foundation, Theriogenology Foundation, and AKC Education have collaborated to provide Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar webinars through the AKC Canine College. Highlighting important breeding topics, these webinars allow the learner to hear from leading industry experts from the comfort of home.

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CHF icon  CHF In the News

CHF-funded investigators are highlighted for their groundbreaking work:

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  • Chagas Disease Risk for Dogs in a Kennel Environment - CHF-funded research documented a surprisingly high incidence or risk of infection for Chagas disease in dogs housed in 10 different kennels in Texas.

  • Gut Microbiome Recovery in IBD - Recovery of the gut microbiome – both its composition and function – takes much longer than improvement of clinical signs in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).


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2022 therio residency schools  Universities Selected for 2022 Theriogenology Residency Programs

Auburn University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Pennsylvania have been selected through a competitive grant application process to receive residency program funding in 2022 through the AKC/AKCCHF/TF Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program.

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2021 AKC Canine Health Foundation National Parent Club Canine Health Conference

Our first ever virtual National Parent Club Canine Health Conference was held August 13 - 15, 2021. Thank you to our presenters for sharing the latest outcomes from their CHF-funded canine health research. Thank you to the attendees for their time and questions. Pre-registered attendees will receive all conference-related materials via email. If you missed the conference, you will soon be able to view select presentations on demand on a pay-per-view basis at AKC Canine College.

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Australian Terrier  $10,000 Match for Donations to Endocrinology Research

In recognition of their 10th anniversary, the Australian Terrier Trust will match up to $10,000 in donations to CHF’s Endocrinology Research Program Area. Their support for research into ophthalmic complications of diabetes mellitus and more will benefit all dogs affected by these common endocrine conditions.

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Established in 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation's (CHF) mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.


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