Dachshund Breed Council elects new Secretary

The Dachshund Breed Council held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 18th May 2014. Lesley Brown, who had been Secretary since the Council was established in 2008, retired.

Wendy Starkey (Hamoura Smooth Dachshunds) was elected as the new Secretary, to serve a 2 year term. Wendy can be contacted via e-mail at secretary@dachshundbreedcouncil.org.uk or Telephone 01233 502486.

Ian Seath was re-elected for a third term as Chairman and Anne Moore was re-elected as Vice-Chair.

At the Council meeting following the AGM, delegates discussed progress being made on its two priority health conditions; Lafora Disease in Mini Wires and Back Disease (IVDD).

Lafora: A further subsidised Lafora Screening day will be held for Mini Wire Dachshunds on Tuesday 24th June at the Poole House Veterinary Centre in Lichfield. Booking Forms are available from Sue Holt Susan.Holt@talktalk.net or Nora Price laforatesting@mypostoffice.co.uk

IVDD: Following discussions with representatives from the Royal Veterinary College who published research on Dachshund conformation in 2013, the Breed Council’s Health Sub-committee is planning a “Lifestyle Survey” with the support of the RVC, to investigate a range of factors such as diet, exercise and body condition. Other projects with the RVC are also being planned.

For further information on the work of the Dachshund Breed Council, please contact the Secretary or visit www.dachshundbreedcouncil.org.uk

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