What is a Breed Health Co-ordinator?
Breed Health Co-ordinators are individuals working on behalf of breed clubs and councils who are advocates for the health and welfare of their chosen breed. The main role of the BHC is to facilitate, over time, the communication and collection of data on the health of their chosen breed. The BHC acts as a spokesperson on matters of health and will collaborate with the Kennel Club on any health concerns the breed may have.
How are Breed Health Co-ordinators appointed?
BHCs are chosen and appointed by breed clubs and councils. Candidates for the position are usually nominated and then chosen by a majority vote. Breeds with more than one club must have a majority agreement before informing the Kennel Club of the newly appointed individual. A BHC may be appointed for a variety of different reasons, including their breed knowledge or their skill sets.
The Kennel Club has designed a Breed Health Co-ordinator job description to give potential applicants a more in depth understanding of what qualities make an ideal Breed Health Co-ordinator. Please click here to see the job description.
How to contact a Breed Health Co-ordinator?
If you have a health related questions concerning a particular breed, we recommend contacting the Breed Health Co-ordinator through the your local Breed club, a list of which is available via the "Find a dog club" link on the Kennel Club's Breed Information Centre.
Alternatively you can contact a Breed Health Coordinator by completing this form.
Resources for Breed Health Co-ordinators
The Kennel Club assist individuals within this role by offering them the tools and resources to help promote and improve the health of their breed where necessary.
Access to breed health reports
All breed health co-ordinators have access to bespoke KC breed health reports, free of charge. (This includes the reports generated on DNA tests, as well as the Hip, Elbow, Eye and CM/SM Schemes.) If you wish to request any reports, then please e-mail Nick Sutton.
Assistance with publicising and promoting health surveys and research
The Kennel Club is in a unique position to help assist BHCs with the promotion of any ongoing health related research, whether it is a survey instigated by a breed club/ council, or an official research body.
On your behalf the Kennel Club may be able to promote your study via:
If you would like the Kennel Club to help in any or all of these ways please e-mail Nick Sutton.
The Annual BHC Symposium 2016
The Annual BHC Symposium 2016 was held at The Grange Hall on Friday 23rd September. The day included a talk on VetCompass (Dr Dan O’Neill, RVC), a talk on the International Partnership For Dogs (IPFD) and DogWellNet.com (Dr Brenda Bonnett), and a talk on the Give a Dog a Genome project (Dr Cathryn Mellersh, AHT). Those who were unable to attend the symposium can view the lecture slides below. For more information please email Bonnie Abhayaratne.
The Annual BHC Symposium 2015
The Annual BHC Symposium 2015 was held at Stoneleigh Park on Wednesday 9th September. The day included a talk on cancer (Dr Mike Starkey, AHT), and a talk on the trends in genetic diversity and effective population sizes (Dr Tom Lewis, KC), for which there is a scientific paper available in the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology Journal. Those who were unable to attend the symposium can view the lecture slides below. For more information please email Bonnie Abhayaratne.
The Annual BHC Symposium 2014
The Annual BHC Symposium 2014 was held at Stoneleigh Park on Wednesday 17th and was a great success. Topics included Vision: how breed histories provide the key to healthier futures (Philippa Robinson), VetCompass: how veterinary data can inform breed health (Dr Dan O'Neill) and The 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey (Bonnie Wiles). Those that were unable to attend the symposium can view the lecture slides below. For more information please email Bonnie Abhayaratne.
The Annual BHC Symposium 2013
The Annual BHC Symposium was held at Stoneleigh Park on Wednesday 18th September 2013, the outcome of which was incredibly positive. Topics included The Karlton Index (Philippa Robinson), Estimated Breeding Values (Aimee Llewellyn), Assured Breeder Scheme (Bill Lambert) and Breed Watch (Charlotte McNamara). Those that were unable to attend the symposium can view the lecture slides below. For more information please email Nick Sutton.