The ‘human factor’ in healthy breeding, issues around breed population size and the latest thinking in genetics and DNA testing were some of the topics covered during a packed pre-World Congress outreach day organized by the Danish Small Animal Veterinary Association (DSAVA).
An audience of breeders and veterinarians from Scandinavia, the UK, the US, Canada and several other countries discussed issues affecting all species as well as topics specific, to both dogs and cats.
Helle Elkjær Johansen from DSAVA, who helped to organize the day, comments: “Our speakers did a fantastic job and we have heard nothing but praise from those attending. During the final panel discussion ‘What will the future bring?’ the number and quality of the questions we received showed that our audience was highly committed to learning more about this vital topic. Based on the issues discussed, DSAVA has formed a working group on healthy breeding which will continue to develop our thinking in this area.”
Danish cat breeder Susanne Wehnert adds: “I believe that breeders, who work with animals every day, have a responsibility to educate themselves on the latest developments. Healthy breeding is, of course, in the best interests of the animal but it is also in the interests of the general public because we all want to own healthy pets. It was a great seminar and I particularly enjoyed the lectures by Dr Lyons and Dr Bell. I wish there were more events like it.”
The outreach day was held at the University of Copenhagen on Saturday 23 September.