Not a question but an obsevation… If 7500 people made a commitment to donate £5 per month that would generate £450,000 per annum. Is that perhaps more achievable?

Absolutely! Our hope is that individuals as well as Breed Clubs and Societies will make contributions to help support the Genetics Centre. We believe that the broader the funding base is, the more secure the Centre will be. So a large number of smaller donations could work just as well as fewer larger contribution. Every little helps.

Will the KCGT consider reopening the give a dog a genome project and raise additonal funds alongside that? Potentially add a markup to cover some employment costs of staff for those breeds which are not mapped previously?

Whole genome sequencing of additional breeds is certainly something we could consider. The first phase of GDG benefitted from matched costs from the Kennel Club, which reduced the cost to each breed. Matched funds would not be available from the KC going forwards (we imagine) but genome sequencing costs have reduced since the first phase of GDG – so if this would be of interest to breeds please let us know.