Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Hoof Wall Separation Syndrome has an official new name!

HWSS officially has a new name and is now to be called Hoof Wall Separation Disease (HWSD).

Syndrome: A group of symptoms which consistently occur together, or a condition characterised by a set of associated symptoms.

Disease: A disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury (oxforddictionaries.com 2014).

This subtle name change is to align with the usual nomenclature used in defining disease states.

Important news is that the data needed for UC Davis to file the patent application has been submitted.  As soon as it is filed, the test will go to UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory https://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/ 

The test will be offered there and any interested owners/breeders will be able to send in hair samples for testing.

Dr Carrie Finno has asked for the following message be released to the Connemara community at large:

"After spending 2 years in Minnesota where I learned next-generation sequencing techniques, I have accepted and started a faculty position as Assistant Professor in Veterinary Genetics back at UCD.  As I have returned to UCD, I am to continue to act as a liaison on this project and keep the community informed.  

Thank you for all your fund-raising efforts and I look forward to meeting you. [at the meeting on 19 August in Clifden]

Carrie Finno, DVM, PhD
Diplomate, ACVIM
Assistant Professor, Veterinary Genetics
University of California-Davis
280 Vet Med II
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616".

State of the Fundraising:  Thursday 3 July 2014