Breeding Healthy Puppies and Sustaining Your Breed: The Goal & How We Get There
Brenda Bonnett, DVM, Ph.D., CEO, International Partnership for Dogs, discusses breeding resources, the big picture surrounding dog breeding, longevity and genetic diversity, health testing, and how to use data to help preserve and improve breeding dogs.
About the Speaker
Dr. Brenda Bonnett qualified as a veterinarian at the University of Guelph, in Canada. After many years as a tenured Associate Professor at the Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, she is now a Consulting Epidemiologist and CEO of the non-profit International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD). Dr. Bonnett’s academic achievements include over 87 peer reviewed publications and 4 book chapters in the fields of population-based and clinical epidemiology, theriogenology, human-animal interactions, veterinary education and communication, as well as population-based research using secondary data sources (most notably a large companion animal veterinary insurance database in Sweden) on dogs, cats, and horses. She has supervised 12 doctoral and 10 masters students and served on numerous other graduate student committees in several countries. Dr. Bonnett has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Dr. Bonnett has consulted on numerous welfare initiatives including pet over-population in the USA, and she has worked with cat and dog shelters, welfare, and regulatory organizations. She has facilitated workshops on accessible veterinary care, and as Lead Scientist at Morris Animal Foundation (2010), she assisted in development of the (now titled) Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Dr. Bonnett is a frequent speaker at local, national, and international venues to breeders, show judges, veterinarians, researchers, and others.
Dr. Bonnett initiated the IPFD as a multi-stakeholder, collaborative organization to enhance the health, well-being and welfare of dogs, and support human-dog interactions. Other developments include the International Dog Health Workshops which gather international decision leaders to address key issues in the dog world; and the IPFD Harmonization of Genetic Testing in Dogs on the IPFD platform DogWellNet.com. The IPFD is facilitating international dialogue and actions to address ongoing and emerging issues relative to extreme conformation in dogs, among other challenges.