Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding
Appointment of Advisory Council Expert Panel
During the open competition for Members of the Council, it became clear that there were a number of experts interested in the Council who, by reason of their overseas location or other commitments, could not serve as Members. There had also been a number of excellent candidates for membership who could not all be accommodated as full members of the Council. No matter how expert the Council, it was clear to the Chairman and Members that the Council and its work would benefit greatly from additional expertise and knowledge in specific areas. We are delighted therefore that the experts listed below have accepted an invitation to serve on the Council’s expert panel. Members of the expert panel will be invited to participate in specific projects and in the development of Council advice on specific issues, and to comment on draft reports and guidance before they are published.
Details of the Panel membership are as follows:
Dr Sarah Binns is a veterinary surgeon, epidemiologist, acupuncturist, scientific editor and slave to three Labradors. She qualified from the University of Cambridge, holds Masters degrees in Veterinary Medical Science and Epidemiology, obtained her PhD in feline infectious diseases at the University of Liverpool and holds the Diploma of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has a keen interest in the welfare of dogs and all other species.
Margaret Carter is a long-time hobby breeder and former Cavalier Club health representative who campaigns to raise awareness of canine health issues. She works with researchers to obtain information about health problems in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breed and currently organises a scheme for the collection of bodies for post-mortem examination and cell tissue donation.
Bruce Cattanach is a life-long breeder/exhibitor of Boxers. He has bred numerous champions including a Best in Show winner and has judged at championship show level many times, including Crufts, in several European countries and in the Antipodes and America. He was Chairman of the national Boxer club for several years. Professionally, Dr Cattanach, who is a Fellow of the Royal Society, was a research mammalian geneticist working for the Medical Research Council, with stints in America, specialising in the induction and genetic analysis of mutations in mice, with research also in X-inactivation, sex determination, and genomic imprinting. He retired as Head of Genetics at MRC Harwell in 1997. He has served as genetics advisor to several canine breed clubs and established effective breeding control schemes for a number of inherited diseases.
Since owning two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with a genetic disease, Carol Fowler has researched the current dog breeding industry and culture. She has gained an understanding of genetics and the potential harm to pedigree dogs as a result of closed gene pools and selection based largely on aesthetic traits. Carol has campaigned for greater protection for dogs from the welfare impact of genetic diseases and conformational extremes and will be able to bring a pet owner’s perspective to the Council.
Sue Jones comes from a strong farming background and is a breeder with a wealth of experience. She has owned, bred and trained Border Collies for over 55 years, and has bred puppies for work with sheep, obedience and agility, search and rescue and other scenting tasks such as drug detection. Most importantly all of the dogs she has bred are good companions and much loved family pets. For Sue the health, temperament and well being of the puppies are paramount and she takes inordinate care to ensure that the puppies are properly socialised and that individual puppies are matched to the circumstances, personality and needs of their new owners. The DVD ‘A Well Balanced Pup’ describes her methods and highlights why potential owners should avoid getting their new dog from indiscriminate breeders and puppy farmers. For the last 12 years she has been very much involved in the rehabilitation and rehoming of rescue dogs, mainly Collies, for the RSPCA and other local charities.
Claire Hargrave is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist accredited by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and working in Wales. She is also the honorary secretary of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. She was awarded an MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling by Southampton University’s School of Psychology. Claire owns Companion Animal Behaviour Referrals, a referral practice that enables veterinary practitioners to refer behaviour cases of all companion animal species and she is a regular speaker and lecturer in veterinary behaviour topics for veterinary CPD Courses. She has assisted the Welsh Assembly Government during the preparation of the Animal Welfare – Electronic Devices – Regulations (2010) and is currently assisting the Welsh Assembly Government as they reshape the Animal Welfare Legislation associated with the Breeding of Dogs.
Nick Jeffery is Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Iowa State University, having moved recently from the University of Cambridge. Nick has had a varied career as a veterinarian, including work for the PDSA, private small animal practice, referral practice, basic science laboratory work and in university veterinary departments. He has wide clinical and research interests, centering on neurosurgery and development of new treatments for CNS trauma through clinical research work. Nick is the owner of two ex-shelter dogs – Russell, a saluki x greyhound from Wood Green Animal Shelter with a keen but stymied interest in hunting everything, and Tracy, a newly acquired retired greyhound fresh from the American track.
Paul McGreevy qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Bristol and is Professor of Animal Behaviour and Welfare at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science in Australia. He is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a specialist in veterinary behavioural medicine and has research interests in the selection, training and management of companion and working dogs. His own dogs assist with University teaching and regularly work in films and on television.
Dr Karen Overall is a veterinary surgeon, a specialist in veterinary behavior and a researcher in the USA. Her work focuses on canine anxiety disorders, including aggression, obsessive compulsive conditions and noise phobia, and their genetics and humane treatment. She is the Editor of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research.
Nicky Paull qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Liverpool, she has more than 30 years experience of general practice and owns a large mixed practice in Cornwall. Nicky is a past President of the British Veterinary Association and, as President, chaired the Dog Breeding Stakeholder group, which brought interested parties in the welfare of dog breeding back to the table following the BBC’s documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed. She has played a crucial role in discussions about responsible dog breeding and ownership and the design of puppy contracts.
Meg Purnell-Carpenter has bred German Shepherd dogs for Police and Working Trials including a Police National Champion and Working Trials Champion. She now sucessfully breeds Akitas and French Beaucerons. For the past 35 years she has owned, and still runs, a busy Boarding and Quarantine kennels and is used to dealing with all types of dog. She is also very involved with the import and export of pets throughout the world and is particularly skilled in dealing with the complex documentation.
Joy Venturi Rose
Joy Venturi Rose is a qualified Veterinary Nurse and has bred Labradors, that are both worked and shown, for more than 30 years. She has an Education degree and an MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. She is a member of the Accredited Breeder Scheme and a Kennel Club regional breeder advisor as well as a Labrador Breed Health coordinator and has chaired and served as an officer on a number of breed and gundog clubs.