Pupscan Project

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Until a diagnosis is given with an x ray, dogs will continue to be taken out from breeding, many unnecessarily. There are multiple non-genetic causes that can result in abnormal joint development, but unfortunately the present screening methods do not take account of these. The Pupscan Research Project is working hard with Veterinary and Human Orthopaedic Specialists and Geneticists to bring awareness to breeders and Kennel Clubs in the hope that things will change and in the future breeders will be able to make informed choices based on a Diagnosis rather than just a Score.

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The Pupscan Project was established in early 2015 to research and identify the factors leading to abnormal joint development in dogs. The project aims to separate predominantly genetic causes from the many acquired conditions that can damage joints.

Using the most modern diagnostic Ultrasound technology and a precise measurement analysis of the whole hip, a non-invasive imaging technique has been developed to evaluate puppies in the early months of life in order to establish the presence, or absence, of normal healthy joint development.......More

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated".....Mahatma Ghandi



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Orthopaedic Specialist Vet Paul Kelly joins the Pupscan Team

August, 2018:  The Pupscan Research Project are delighted to welcome Dr. Paul Kelly MVB to the team, who will be a major contributor to the research going forward. 

Paul, is based in Ratoath, Co Meath, Ireland where he runs a general veterinary practice, specialising in Orthopaedics and Traumatology UCM. He qualified as a vet at University College Dublin in 1989 and gained his specialist title at the University Complutense in Madrid.

Pupscan present to Scientific Commission in Belgium

June 2018: A meeting took place between members of the Pupscan Project team, the Irish Kennel Club and the Scientific Commision of the Belgian Kennel Club (SRSH) at their offices in Brussels, Belgium which was enthusiastically received by all present and generated a lively and productive discussion. 
Speakers for Pupscan included Pamela McKenzie-Hewitt who gave a brief overview about the project followed by Gordon Maclellan MB BS FRCS who outlined the various non-genetic conditions that can lead to abnormal hip development. Prof Prof Alan Fahey from University College Dublin spoke about the genetic and data analysis that will be gathered for the project and Prof Vivian Gath, also from UCD spoke about nutrition and it’s impact on skeletal development in young and adolescent dogs. 
Jim Stephens, Chairman of the Health & Welfare Committee of the Irish Kennel Club was also present and he expressed the support of the Irish Kennel Club in the project.
We would like to thank the Scientific Commission for their generous and warm hospitality during our visit and look forward to working with them in the future. .

2018 ......a busy year!

2018 has been a busy year for the team. To date we have scanned 61 different breeds ranging from Great Danes down to Mini Dachshunds, giving a total of over 2,000 puppies scanned with more litters booked in over the coming weeks. 
it has been fantastic to see the belief in and support of the project from breeders and professionals alike. 
The team has clocked up many thousands of miles around the UK and Ireland and we extend a big thank you to all the breeders and Breed Clubs for their generous donations
We have also forged a working relationship with both the Irish Kennel Club and University College Dublin and welcome Dr Paul Kelly, Orthopaedic Specialist who has joined the team to give his invaluable expertise and knowledge to the project.
To all those puppies who have been ‘Pupscanned’ to date we look forward to following your progress throughout your life in your new homes and wish you many years of health and happiness. 
The Pupscan Team.