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Participate in Research

Help your clients and their dog(s) participate in studies for canine health throughout the country. In some cases, they need to visit the research institution. In other cases, participation is possible no matter where they live. Learn more about the significant impact you and your clients and patients can make on canine health research through your participation in AKC Canine Health Foundation-supported research.

Click here to search studies that are actively recruiting participants.


Genetics Resources

Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)

CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). CHIC, working with participating parent clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds.

Genetic Consultation

The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine is collaborating with CHF to provide genetic consultation service for dog owners, breeders and veterinarians. Through this online resource, pet owners and breeders, or their veterinarians, may request genetic consultation, at no cost to the veterinarian or client, with CHF-funded researcher Dr. Kathryn Meurs and her VGL Team.

Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs

CHF collaborates with the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) on the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) Initiative, a free online resource designed to support owners, breeders, veterinarians, and dog health and welfare specialists in the appropriate selection and use of DNA testing in dogs. The HGTD interface is hosted at DogWellNet.com.


Educational Resources

Canine Health Articles & Newsletters

The AKC Canine Health Foundation Library is a comprehensive list of all the canine health articles available on this website. You can search for an article by research area or breed.

Infectious Disease Fact Sheets

CHF offers shareable infectious disease fact sheets to keep your staff and clients informed about important infectious diseases, including those with zoonotic potential. These fact sheets are sponsored by CHF, can be downloaded with permission, and are available to veterinarians and clients at no charge.

VetVine Webinars

The AKC Canine Health Foundation and VetVine have teamed up to offer a series of live webinars on canine health topics. These webinars feature leaders in the field of veterinary health research and offer practical advice on common health concerns, as well as information on cutting-edge research to benefit all dogs. Each webinar is also recorded and can be watched on demand from a computer or mobile device. Through CHF sponsorship, continuing education credit is provided if the webinar is viewed during the live broadcast. View webinar topics and schedule here.

Research Grants Portfolio

This searchable database represents the Foundation's complete research portfolio. You may search the complete list of grants by status (open/active or closed/inactive), research program area, breed, and disease. A portfolio of all currently active research grants can also be viewed or downloaded as a pdf.


Clinical Corner

Short reviews of CHF-supported research grants and publications relevant to clinical practice:

Help Future Generations of Dogs

Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.

Learn How to Help

Help Future Generations of Dogs

Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.

Learn How to Help

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