Canine Genetics Research Day

The Kennel Club Genetics Centre (KCGC) held a first Research Day on Friday 22 September 2023 at the University of Cambridge’s West Hub facility. It was the first such day we have hosted since the demise of the Animal Health Trust and subsequently joining the University of Cambridge in 2021.

The event was attended by 44 representatives of 29 breeds. Thank you to each of you you made the journey to Cambridge to see us. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Keep reading to view photos taken on the day, to view the video recordings taken on the day, and to provide feedback to help us host even better similar days in the future.

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Opening remarks

Opening remarks were made by Dr Cathryn Mellersh (head of the Kennel Club Genetics Centre) and Prof Mike Herrtage (trustee of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust).

Talk 1 – Inherited Eye Disease

Talk 1 was about our Inherited Eye Disease (IED) program, given by Dr Cathryn Mellersh (Kennel Club Genetics Centre).

Talk 2 – Intervertebral Disc Disease

Talk 2 was about our proposed Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) research. A clinical overview of the disease was given by Prof Paul Freeman (Queens Veterinary School Hospital), followed by the genetics of IVDD by Dr Louise Burmeister (Kennel Club Genetics Centre).

Talk 3 – Complex Diseases

Unfortunately recording of this talk on the day didn’t work out, but we hope to provide a separate recording soon.

Question and Answer session

Delegates submitted questions during the course of the day, which we collated and tried to answer in the final question and answer session.


    This was the first time we have hosted a day like this, so naturally there were a few problems and areas where we can improve next time. Some were out of our control, but we still want to do what we can to make future such days an even greater success.

    We would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations about any of the aspects below (good and bad)?