Canine Hereditary Diseases: Complexities and New Findings (1499)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Clinical Genetics
Tuesday | 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||304AB



Jerold Bell DVM
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Jerold S. Bell DVM is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Genetics at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University. He is the conference coordinator for the Tufts Canine and Feline Breeding & Genetics Conference ( Dr. Bell serves on the Board of Directors of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, the AKC Canine Health & Welfare Advisory Panel, the hereditary diseases committee of the World Small Animal Veterinary Medical Association, and the Presidents Counsel of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. He was trained in genetics and genetic counseling at Michigan State University, and the University of Missouri. His DVM is from Cornell University. He lectures extensively on clinical genetics and genetic counseling, and advises breeds on genetic disease control and genetic diversity issues. He practices small animal medicine at Freshwater Veterinary Hospital in Enfield, CT. He and his wife breed Gordon Setters. He escapes from life to a golf course as often as possible.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


In the 20 years since clinical genetic testing has been available in dogs, genetic tests have evolved. Commercial offerings range from identifying mutations in simple Mendelian disorders to identifying markers or liability genes for complex disorders such as degenerative myelopathy, cardiomyopathies, and hip dysplasia. This lecture will discuss the specifics, as well as the pitfalls of interpretation in this constantly evolving field.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand how mode of inheritance dictates the availability of genetic tests

2. Understand what different types of genetic tests can tell you about your patient

3. Ability to evaluate the usefulness of commercial test offerings in your practice

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