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CKC Seminar

2019 CKC Seminar: Unpacking Canine Genetics

Join us, Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 for the 2019 CKC Seminar at Humber College North Campus in Etobicoke, Ontario. We are excited to feature genetics and breeding specialists Dr. Kari Ekenstedt, B.Sc., DVM, PhD, and Dr. Brenda Bonnett, B.Sc., DVM, PhD.

Please Note: The last day to purchase tickets is Friday, October 25, 2019. Ticket availability cannot be guaranteed after this date.
The 2019 CKC Seminar is designed for breeders of all experience and knowledge levels, from those in the early stages of developing their breeding programs to those that have been breeding for decades.

Leading off, Dr. Ekenstedt will provide a genetics primer, defining genetics terminology, explaining modes of inheritance, and clarifying the difference between simply and complexly-inherited conditions, creating a basic knowledge base for all attendees, regardless of their existing familiarity with genetics.

Case examples will be explored, looking at various modes of inheritance, explaining the different types of genetics tests available and how they work, focusing on breed specific tests and resources, as well as the pros and cons of using pedigree-based Coefficients of Inbreeding (COIs) and some of the new haplotype-sharing breed “wheels”.

Dr. Bonnett will discuss the multiple ways in which the Harmonization of Genetic Testing (HGTD) and the International Partnership for Dogs’ (IPFD) Expert Panel initiative are supporting robust, good quality genetic testing and providing the basis for enhanced genetic counseling.

Drs. Ekenstedt and Bonnett will round out the CKC Seminar with a discussion on population level health and diversity and how this relates to individual breeding programs, as well as a conversation about breeding ethics and the welfare and international legislation challenges facing purebred dogs. 

Screen-Shot-2019-05-30-at-1-33-56-PM.pngA specialist in canine molecular genetics and genomics at Purdue University, Dr. Kari Ekenstedt is an Assistant Professor in the department of Basic Medical Sciences at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM in 2005 and her PhD in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences in 2010 from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on canine genetics, investigating the genetic basis for inherited neurological, ophthalmologic, and musculoskeletal disorders in dogs. She was part of the teams that developed genetic tests for multiple conditions in dogs, and this work continues in her laboratory today, with the goal of always helping breeders produce healthy dogs.

Her other “academic hat” is teaching large animal (horses, goats, cattle, etc.) gross anatomy to first year veterinary students, which, she admits, is at the other end of the size spectrum from molecular genetics. But she finds that since both disciplines are detail-oriented and driven by precision, and because they are both essential knowledge for veterinary practitioners, it has often been quite useful in one field to be expert in the other. Kari shares her home with a minimally compliant cat, keeps horses on her family’s land in Wisconsin, cheers for the Green Bay Packers, and misses the snow now that she lives in Indiana where – in her opinion – the winters are “wimpy”.  
Dr. Brenda Bonnett is the founder and CEO of the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD), a non-profit organization in Sweden whose mission is to facilitate collaboration and sharing of resources to enhance the health, well-being and welfare of pedigreed dogs and all dogs worldwide. Dr. Bonnett brings a strong educational background to her work with IPFD, with a PhD in Epidemiology, in addition to a B.Sc. and DVM from the University of Guelph, where she was also a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine, at the Ontario Veterinary College.

She is considered an expert in many fields including dog health, medicine, breeding, animal welfare, and human-animal interactions, having written multiple articles on improving breeding practices. Her research projects in Europe and North America have involved numerous species and disciplines, including, e.g., theriogenology, population-based research using secondary data sources (most notably a large companion animal veterinary insurance database in Sweden), breed-specific health risks, human–animal interactions and medical communication.  As Lead Scientist at Morris Animal Foundation (2010) she assisted in development of the (now titled) Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.  

We are excited to host both Dr. Ekenstedt and Dr. Bonnett at this year’s CKC Seminar.

A block of rooms has been set aside for 2019 CKC Seminar attendees at the Comfort Hotel Airport North, 445 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, ON, M9W 6K5. To make a reservation, please call (416) 740-9500 and quote "2019 CKC Seminar" to get the CKC rate of $95.00 + taxes for single or double occupancy.  Reservations must be made before October 18 to get the room block rate. 

A four minute drive from Humber College, the Comfort Hotel Airport North provides many amenities including free continental breakfast, free parking, free wireless high-speed internet and free airport transportation. 


Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Purina® Pro Plan®, and supporting sponsors Pets Plus Us, PetTech Solutions, The Entry Line, and VetBed Canada for their generous support of the CKC Seminar.
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