Dr Sarah Helps Breed Health Co-ordinator Award Winner 2020

Dr Sarah Helps, from Amersham, Buckinghamshire, has been recognised at the International Canine Health Awards, one of the largest and most prestigious veterinary awards in the world, for her work in improving the health of man’s best friend.

Sarah, a retired doctor, was awarded Breed Health Coordinator of the Year Award for her dedication and commitment to improving the health of the Deerhound, a breed she has been involved with for over 25 years. Her passion for the breed has seen her support veterinary research into dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in order to improve understanding, early diagnosis and prevention, and she even initiated a prospective, longitudinal study into the prevalence of DCM in UK Deerhounds in 2015.   

As part of this study, over 100 Deerhounds were scanned and are being monitored throughout their lives, with the results of the study currently undergoing peer-review, in order to potentially form an official basis for future breed screening of Deerhounds. Early diagnosis means that treatment for heart disease can be started early, as well as enabling affected Deerhounds to be screened prior to breeding.

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