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2019 Late- Onset Epilepsy in Field Spaniels
The Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust is investigating Idiopathic
Epilepsy in many breeds, including the “late-onset” epilepsy in Field Spaniels. An important
step in potentially identifying genetic risk factors is to thoroughly understand the history
and inheritance of the disease in Field Spaniels. We are therefore requesting owners of all
Field Spaniels (whether currently alive or not), especially dogs that are clinically affected
or related to affected dogs, to provide us with information about their dogs.
Please tell us as much as you can about your dog's health and breeding (on page 2), and
enclose a 5-generation pedigree. Any information provided here will ONLY be used for
research that benefits dogs. It will be held in strictest confidence and will only be shared
with research collaborators as required to progress the research. It WILL NOT be shared
with breeders or other breed stakeholders. Click HERE to download the form
Thank you for providing this information and contributing to the research of Field Spaniel lateonset
epilepsy. If you have any queries or problems, and to return your completed from please
contact Chris Jenkins.
Address: Kennel Club Genetics Centre, Animal Health Trust, Kentford, Newmarket, CB8 7UU,
United Kingdom.
Email: chris.jenkins@aht.org.uk
Telephone: 01638 751 000 (extension number 1251).


12th November 2016 - A Spaniel Breeder Workshop (Open to All Breeds) with the focus on Cancer's was held at the University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Sutton Bonington, Leics, LE12 5RD.


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7th December 2014 - Health Seminar - Venue: Overseal Village Hall.
The Seminar was very well attended and a good day was had by all. A more detailed report on the day will appear in your Newsletter. The Raffle was also drawn and a full list of the winners can be found under "Fund Raising"

Subjects included on the day:- First Aid for Dogs - Kathryne Wrigley RVN Heriditary Eye Disease - Some Common Conditions - Heidi Featherstone BVetMed DVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS Caesareans and the Care of Neonates - Kathryne Wrigley RVN

6th April 2014 - Below is some information received by us from Nick Sutton the Health Information Officer at The Kennel Club

I’ve been asked by a researcher at the Clinical Investigations Centre at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to help recruit for a food trail looking into the treatment of epilepsy. A new diet has been developed with the aim of improving the management of epileptic dogs, not only by reducing seizure frequency, but also by decreasing the level of side-effects seen with standard antiepileptic drugs.

The research group have had over 20 dogs successfully complete this trial, and are now looking to recruit a further 10 dogs over the next 6 months. The study is inclusive of all breeds, and the only inclusion criteria are that the dogs are suspected of having idiopathic epilepsy (have an unremarkable MRI and CSF analysis), and are between 6 months and 11 years old. As part of the study they get a free consult with an RVC neurologists, free diagnostic tests and a six month supply of dog food.

If epilepsy is an area of health concern in your breed, then please feel free to distribute the attached flyer amongst your colleagues (contact details for the researchers at the RVC can be found at the bottom of the flyer).

To view or download the flyer please click HERE

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