Companion Animal Genetic Health Conference


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A Healthy Companionship: The Genetics of Health in Dogs

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The Genetic Health of Companion Animals

Abstract submission for Edinburgh 2023 is now available.

A UK-based scientific conference dedicated to genetic health issues.
Companion Animal Genetic Health

Our inspiration for this conference stems from the growing number of researchers in the UK who are currently investigating the genetics of important health issues in dogs - we thought an opportunity to meet, present and share our research findings in the UK would be welcome.

For the Healthy Companionship conference we will invite abstracts from all interested participants, and will plan a programme that reflects as broad a range of ongoing studies as possible. There will also be the possibility to present posters.

Conference Committee

Cathryn Mellersh

Principal Organiser
Head of Canine Genetics at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre

Current Research Interests
Understanding the genetics of inherited disease in the dog.


Principal Organiser
Chancellors Fellow at Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Current Research Interests
Genetic, genomic, and phenotyping approaches to studying the biological mechanisms that underlie canine morphology and disease.

Audrey Martin

Postdoctoral research fellow at the Roslin Institute

Current Research Interests
Setting up the foundations of genomic selection in a guide dog population.

Ellen Schofield

Bioinformatician at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre

Current Research Interests
Variant prioritisation in understanding the genetic cause of inherited diseases.