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Field Spaniels in general enjoy good health, but there is always room for improvement and it should be the goal of every breeder and fancier to promote the health of their chosen breed and all dogs. With this in mind, I invite you to participate in both the DNA blood bank, for future use and study to promote healthy Field Spaniels, and for the current Canine Epilepsy Research Project.
About The DNA Blood Bank
The Orthopedic Foundation For Animals (OFA), and The Canine Health Information Foundation, (CHIC) work jointly, and often with parent breed clubs, to promote canine health. Banking a blood sample with the OFA blood bank will enable future health issues within the breed to be identified and, with appropriate breeding practices, possibly eliminated.
The Canine Epilepsy Research Consortium is a group of scientists who have agreed to:
Share DNA samples, phenotype data, and genotype data, share credit for scientific contribution by co-authoring manuscripts and agree that discoveries will be put into public domain.
The Group currently includes:
The University of Missouri
The University of Minnesota
Ohio State University
Animal Health Trust (United Kingdom)
Information from the Canine Epilepsy Net
What You Can Do
Make an appointment with your Vet to have blood drawn in a "purple top" tube for each dog. Your vet will know what this means. Include a 5 generation pedigree and mark the tube with your name and the dog's name. Please also include the DNA sample form with health information. Sending this form will ensure that the one blood draw will go to the epilepsy study AND the DNA bank for future use. Have it sent overnight, do NOT send on the weekend or on a Holiday, to:
Dr. Gary Johnson
Attn: Liz Hansen
Animal Molecular Genetics Laboratory
321 Connaway Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
If you have questions or need clarification, please contact Liz Hansen at 573-884-3712 or e-mail: HansenL@missouri.edu