The Kennel Club holds successful health and welfare conference

On Saturday 12 November, The Kennel Club’s inaugural Health and Welfare Conference welcomed over 80 attendees to collaborate and discuss significant canine topics.

Bringing together dog health and welfare experts, including scientists, vets, breed club and rescue representatives, owners and breeders, the event took place at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, and saw talks and interactive Q&A sessions with The Kennel Club’s geneticist, Dr Joanna Ilska, who discussed breeding tools for the future, and cardiologist Dr Hannah Stephenson, explaining more about heart health in dogs.

Elsewhere, Breed Health Coordinators met with The Kennel Club health team to discuss Breed Health and Conservation Plans, new research, setting up health surveys, small breed populations and genetic diversity, and Breed Watch, and representatives from The Kennel Club Breed Rescue and the Assured Breeders scheme were on hand to answer queries and offer advice.

Bill Lambert, Health, Welfare and Breeder Services Executive at The Kennel Club opened the conference, and comments: “We were delighted to welcome all those interested in discussing, protecting and improving dog health and welfare at the conference this weekend. Meeting in-person meant there was much discussion among attendees and speakers, and the sessions from our experts were well received and informative. I would like to thank all those who attended the event and continue to do their bit to improve dog health and welfare, and those who organised, presented and contributed to its success.

“We hope to hold another similar event next year at The Kennel Club in London to continue to find ways to collaborate and make a difference for dogs together.”

More information about what The Kennel Club does for dog health can be found on The Kennel Club website or by emailing Health (The Kennel Club) .