Aimée Llewellyn-Zaidi is the Project Director for The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) Harmonization of Genetic Testing in Dogs (HGTD). The IPFD is a non-profit global organization bringing together geneticists, breeders, veterinarians, manufacturers, and others to share information, collaborate, and put into action initiatives to enhance dog health, welfare, and better support human-dog interactions. Through the HGTD project, IPFD is improving the standardization of, and access to, robust genetic testing to support improved health and a sustainable future for all breeds of dogs by providing database resources and Genetic Counseling Resources.
Llewellyn-Zaidi was formerly the Head of Health and Research at the Kennel Club (UK), developing and leading a team in providing evidence-based, bespoke advice to Kennel Club clients, and developing evidence-based canine health resources, education, and engagement programs for the public and veterinary professionals. There, she had active engagement and involvement with committees of the Kennel Club and British Veterinary Association; direct collaboration with international universities, and the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the former Animal Health Trust, and engagement with external projects such as Vet Compass (Royal Veterinary College); and served as a speaker developing the first canine-focused genetics section at British Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress, as well as contributed to numerous publications and media engagements. Llewellyn-Zaidi has been involved in the initial development of the journal “Canine Genetics and Epidemiology” and remains active as an editorial board member.
When not working on Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs, Aimee spends her time walking her Pembroke Corgis McDuff and Poppy.