AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces 2015 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference August 7-9

ST. LOUIS, MO. & RALEIGH, N.C. -- The AKC Canine Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization celebrating 20 years of preventing, treating, and curing diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce it is hosting the 2015 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference August 7-9. Sponsored by Purina, the biennial event taking place at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch is expected to draw veterinarians, researchers, dog club members, dog owners, and breeders eager to hear from featured speakers on the latest medical and scientific advances in preventing treating, and curing canine health issues.

“This Conference is an important event for everyone who loves dogs or works to improve the health of these wonderful companions,” Foundation CEO Susan Lilly said.

According to Lilly, many of the topics that will be covered address new and ongoing research with applicability to human health issues such as stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine and epilepsy.

Alice Villalobos, DVM, FNAP, will be giving the keynote address, “”Quality of Life in Senior and End of Life Years” on Saturday, August 8.  Dr. Villalobos is President Emeritus of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, past President of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, and charter member of the Veterinary Cancer Society and the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.

She is regarded as a pioneer in oncology, quality of life and end of life care, having earned her DVM in 1972 while completing a first generation oncology residency at UC Davis mentored by Dr. Gordon Theilen, the forefather of veterinary clinical oncology.

Dr. Villalobos is director of Pawspice and Animal Oncology Consultation Service, and founder of the Peter Zippi Fund, which has helped and placed over 15,000 animals.

In addition to Dr. Villalobos’ keynote, conference presentations which have been reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for continuing education include:

Stem Cell Therapy for Supraspinatus Tendonopathy - Jennifer Barrett, DVM, PhD

Bright Mind Platform - Yuanlong (Gary) Pan, PhD

Osteosarcoma - Bruce Smith, VMD, PhD

Lymphoma - Jeffrey Bryan, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology)

Personalized Cancer Treatment - Doug Thamm, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology)

Atopic Dermatitis and the Mycobiome - Jan Suchodolski, DVM, PhD

Atopic Dermatitis and Antimicrobial Resistance - Charles Bradley, VMD, DACVP

Bloat Research Update- Laura Nelson, DVM, MS, DACVS

Bloat Research Update- Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM (SA-IM), DACVECC

Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Kenneth Simpson, BVM&S, PhD

Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis - Josh Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Infectious Disease Prevention Recommendations - Jason Stull, VMD, MPVM, PhD, DACVPM

Brucellosis- Matthew Krecic, DVM, MS, MBA, DACVIM

Senior Cognition - Gary Landsberg, BSc, DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (Behavior)

Regenerative Medicine Techniques to Treat Cartilage Disorders - Brian Saunders, DVM, PhD, DACVS

CCL Conformation Scores - Dominique Griffon, DMV, MS, PhD, DECVS, DACVS

Degenerative Myelopathy - Joan Coates, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Epilepsy Research Update - Ned Patterson, DVM, PhD

Nutritional Management of Canine Epilepsy- Holger Volk, DVM, PhD, DECVN, FHEA, MRCVS

More information and conference registration is available online at www.akcchf.org/npcchc.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation bridges the gap between veterinary research and dog lovers by raising funds to support over $1 million per year in new canine health research grants regardless of breed. This research has led to numerous breakthroughs in disease prevention and treatment in the areas of behavior, epilepsy, cancer, cardiology, musculoskeletal injuries and disease, and bloat, among others. Currently, over 100 active research projects are being supported by funds raised by the Foundation from corporate donors, dog clubs, and dog lovers throughout the U.S.

Recently, the Foundation announced it had received the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, for the third straight year. The rating reflects the Foundation’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency, and indicates that the organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

Donations to support the Foundation’s canine health research can be made by calling 1-888-682-9696 or visiting the AKC Canine Health Foundation website www.akcchf.org/donate.

About the AKC Canine Health Foundation
The Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation is in its 20th year of leveraging the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation is dedicated to preventing, treating, and curing diseases impacting all dogs while providing unbiased, professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.