2019 National & Regional
April 9-13, 2019
Lora Megli, 2019 Show Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Seminars & Health Tests!
András Komáromy, DVM, PhD, DACVO, Developing Gene Therapies for Canine Open-Angle Glaucoma
Friday, April 12 at 11 a.m.
Dr András Komáromy is Professor of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. His laboratory focuses on determining the molecular causes of inherited eye diseases in dogs and developing treatment approaches. Dr Komáromy was part of the research team that collected DNA samples from PBGVs to support Dr Cathryn Mellersh's quest to find the primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) gene in our breed. Dr Komáromy is currently performing pre-clinical studies on Beagles with glaucoma. For his work to develop gene therapies to stop vision loss in dogs, he was awarded the 2015 Shaffer Prize from the Glaucoma Research Foundation. He will speak at the 2019 National Specialty on the potential for treatment of PBGVs at risk for developing POAG.
Trick Training & Titling
Have you ever wanted to teach your dog tricks but haven't known where to start? Here is your opportunity. On Friday evening April 12, 2019 we will have a Tricks Seminar where you will be shown how to teach your dog many of the tricks allowed by AKC for trick titling. Along with the teaching we will even test your dog to get a Novice Trick title. Teaching your dog tricks can be very fun and rewarding. Its great to show off what tricks your dog can do. This year we are going to allow this seminar and titling as part of the beginner triathlete. More details under the Triathlon rules. We will have registration for this seminar online. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Cost $20 per dog.
FUN Rabbit Hunt FREE
Wed Apr 10 8:30 pm
Dogs will hunt in the national hotel for bunnies that have treats inside them!
DNA Blood Draw FREE
Friday, April 12
A veterinary technician will be available to collect blood samples from dogs. Owners must pre-register dogs and fill out in advance a CHIC DNA Repository Health Survey, available on the club website. There is no charge for thisclinic. DNA samples from our past donation clinics have benefited research in idiopathic epilepsy and played a part in the recent development of the genetic test for Primary Open Angle Glaucoma in PBGVs.