Pupscan Project

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UPDATED 05.02.2018

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Mahatma Ghandi

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The Pupscan Project

The PUPscan Project is researching hip and elbow disorders in all breeds of dogs with an aim to identifying the processes that lead to atypical joint development.

Despite 50 years of hip ‘scoring’ most participating breeds have yet to see a significant reduction in the incidence of hip and elbow disorders.

While some of the disorders may be genetic others, possibly the majority, have other causes. Over 50 years ago it was recognised by experts studying canine hip problems that at 16 days of age severely unstable hips in puppies could be identified. 

PUPscan will identify abnormal hip development before 2 months of age. We can demonstrate significant differences in the rate of hip development between breeds and the genders.

Over the research period, using the most up to date Ultrasound diagnostic equipment in the first 2 months of life, and analysing x-rays at full skeletal maturity, PUPscan plan to identify the dogs most at risk of genetic disease. 

The PUPscan project will produce breed and gender specific data and measurements that can be used as guidance for puppy care for the future in order to minimise the risk of premature disability.

2017 was a busy year

2017 was a busy year for the team. To date we have scanned 43 different breeds ranging from Great Danes down to Mini Dachshunds, giving a total of over 1,500 puppies scanned with more litters booked in over the coming weeks. Seminars have been run, many by various Breed Clubs and have been well attended and received, it has been fantastic to see the belief in and support of the project and more dates will be announced shortly for the months ahead. 
The team has clocked up many thousands of miles travelling all over the UK and Ireland and we extend a big thank you to all the breeders and Breed Clubs for their generous donations. We also opened up our new offices in Newcastle where the team meet regularly to keep updated on the project.
Our new Logo is now finalised and Certificates will be issued over the coming weeks to those breeders whose puppies have already been scanned and we thank you for your patience. 
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. 
From all the Pupscan Team.

Ireland to be
 Academic Centre for the Pupscan Research Project

The Pupscan Project are delighted to announce a working relationship with University College Dublin, in Ireland, who will be the Academic Centre for the research project going forward.  Pictured at a recent meeting are:

Prof Alan Fahey (Assoc Professor in Animal Breeding, School of Agriculture and Food Science UCD); Gordon MacLellan MB BS FRCS (Research Director, Pupscan); Viv Gath BSc, MVB, PhD. (School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD); Jean Lawless (Director Pupscan Project); Pamela McKenzie- Hewitt (CEO Pupscan Project) and Paul Lawless (Director Pupscan Project)