Vets Urged To Help Tackle Hereditary Disease

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Vets urged to help tackle hereditary disease
14th April 2017

By Karen Pickwick

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has called on vets to take a proactive role in tackling hereditary disease and to advise breeders on the tests available to them before they breed from their animals.

Speaking at a press briefing during BSAVA Congress 2017, Dr Cathryn Mellersh, head of canine genetics at the Animal Health Trust and a member of the WSAVA Hereditary Disease Committee, also urged vets not to shy away from telling owners if they have made a bad choice to try to deter them from making the same mistake again.
 
During her briefing Dr Mellersh explained that concern about hereditary disease, particularly in dogs, had grown significantly in recent years, thanks to an increased awareness of the risks it poses to animals, both within the veterinary profession and among owners and breeders. She said that the proactive approach and financial support offered by the Kennel Club to tackle the problem was also to be welcomed.