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From My Side of the Desk: Canine Health and Wellness

July 15, 2019

_MG_9544-1.jpgCertainly, a prevalent theme from my side of the desk over the past several months has been canine health and wellness.  This is something inherent in CKC’s purpose, mission and strategic plans - and the discussions, commitment and actions on the subject lately have been very encouraging.

 

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Winnipeg this past June, there was opportunity to exchange information and ideas, recognize long standing members of merit and generally celebrate the purebred dog fancy.  David Trus of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada attended the meetings to address the Board and Membership at the AGM.  He brought background on the Animal Pedigree Act (APA) including CKC’s role as Canada’s largest purebred dog registry and the opportunities within. Some of the concepts challenged long-standing ideologies around the APA and breeding.  While at times this was met with opposition, it has CKC considering its role and direction on the subject.  

 

IDHW-2019-Recap-post.pngAt the same time, Board member Dr. Paul Eckford attended the 4th International Dog Health Workshop along with representative from Kennel Clubs around the world, the science community and other interested parties.  Dr. Eckford returned excited by the material and insights he brought back.  It will inform plans for breed improvement and preservation such as those underway with the CKC Genetics and Medical Committee. 

 

Recently, Board Chair, Joan Bennett and I had the privilege of attending the 2nd International Congress of Kennel Clubs hosted by the Swedish Kennel Club.  Here we took the baton from the Dog Health Workshop to consider the concepts and recommendations put forth.  This was done under a commitment to collaborate on like-minded goals. Examples include considering standard approaches to the use of DNA in breed registries. 


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Closer to home and our day-to-day practices, we are closely and carefully monitoring the information surfacing around the dog food options and their possible influence on disease.   

 

Combined, these inputs on canine health and welfare create a very broad and complex environment to maneuver in. We recognize that CKC breeders and breed clubs will be a critical source of input, experience, and direction as our strategies evolve. 

 

So it is timely that the CKC Board of Directors is embarking on a new Strategic Plan for the Club.  Ideally and eventually this will include support for practical and consistent approaches to breed-specific health plans and meaningful DNA policies, as well as more proactive sharing of information and best practices that breeders across Canada can take advantage of. 

 

 

 

 

The opinions expressed by authors on the Canadian Kennel Club Blog and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Canadian Kennel Club or any of its employees.

Les opinions et les commentaires exprimés dans le blogue du Club Canin Canadien sont ceux des auteurs et ils ne reflètent pas les opinions du Club Canin Canadien ni de ses employés.

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Lance Novak

Lance Novak

Lance Novak has been the Executive Director and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Kennel Club since 2013. He is proud of his more than 20 years experience at the senior management and executive level, in the not-for-profit and regulatory industries. Lance’s life-long personal involvement with purebred dogs fuels his dedication to the CKC.

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Richard Paquette
Nice to see the CKC participating on the World stage. This non insular approach will keep us abreast of challenges faced by Kennel clubs around the world and assist the CKC to achieve our goals.
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