Pupscan Project

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Posted by pupscanproject@gmail.com on July 9, 2019 at 6:05 AM

A  successful Pupscan Seminar was held on 7th July at the IKC National Show Centre in Dublin, thanks to everyone who attended, you were a lovely audience.

The presentation kicked off with an introduction by Pamela Maclellen on the Pupscan Project which is researching the processes that lead to faulty hip development.

It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Bodo Backmo from the Swedish Kennel Club Investigation Team on HD who spoke about the extensive research he had recently completed and submitted to the SKK, and his interesting findings on the increasing incidence of HD in Sweden.

Mr Jim Stephens, Chairman of the Health & Welfare Committee of the Irish Kennel Club told of the support of the IKC towards the Pupscan Project and its efforts to promote it to the FCI.

Mr Gordon Maclellan MB BS FRCS (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon) gave a presentation on the many causes, besides genetic, that can cause abnormal hip joint development.

Prof Alan Fahey, Head Geneticist, UCD) spoke about phenotype, genotype, traits and gene influence and how the environment can have an effect on how genes can be expressed.

Prof Vivian Gath (Veterinary Science Centre, UCD) presented on nutritional and environmental impact on growth and development.

Finally Mrs Maclellan ended the day with a presentation on how the scanning procedure and X Ray Referral Scheme would now move forward given the encouraging global interest and she acknowledged the continued and growing support of breeders and indeed the Irish Kennel Club. A lively Q &A session took place afterwards where the above speakers and also Veterinary Orthopaedic Surgeon Paul Kelly answered the many questions from the audience.

Photo L-R: Prof Alan Fahey (Head Geneticist UCD), Jim Stephens (Chairman Health & Welfare Committe IKC), Prof Vivian Gath (School of Veterinary Sciences, UCD), Paul Kelly (Orthopaedic Specialist Veterinary Surgeon), Bodo Backmo (Swedish Kennel Club Investigation Team on HD), Gordon Maclellan MB BS FRCS (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon), Pamela Pam MacLellan (CEO Pupscan Research Project)


Posted by pupscanproject@gmail.com on June 8, 2019 at 12:20 AM

The Pupscan Team were back in Ireland this weekend where we have had the pleasure of scanning a beautiful litter of Pyrenean Mountain puppies while getting to see the countryside of Co Clare.

On Sunday we presented a Seminar in Dublin and Monday scanned some Irish Wolfhounds, a Weimaraner and some Bulldogs puppies.


Posted by pupscanproject@gmail.com on May 11, 2019 at 2:10 AM

Well done to Paul Kelly and his staff for completing the Darkness into Light charity walk  in Dublin in aid of  Pieta House in support of suicide awareness....and the dogs enjoyed it too :-)

Busy few weeks scanning in April

Posted by pupscanproject@gmail.com on April 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM

It's been a busy few weeks for the Pupscan Team with lots of litters scanned in the UK and Ireland, photos of some of the breeds below.

Thank you to the breeders for giving us the opportunity to scan them.

We are looking forward to giving a Pupscan Seminar in Dublin on 7th July, venue etc to be confirmed shortly.

Chuangdog Hound Litter Scanned

Posted by pupscanproject@gmail.com on April 25, 2019 at 5:40 AM

We were delighted to get the opportunity to scan a beautiful litter of Chuangdog Hounds recently.  Our thanks to breeder Alison Darley (Cymrygold) for her hospitality and faith in the research project.

Navan Dog Show Best of the Best Super Match

Posted by pupscanproject@gmail.com on January 28, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Congratulations to the winners at the Navan Dog Show Best of the Best Charity Super Match held on Saturday in Dublin. Pupscan were delighted to sponsor the Best of the Best Puppy and Best of the Best Veteran sections at this event in aid of Pieta House.

X Ray Referal Service

Posted by pupscanproject@gmail.com on October 19, 2018 at 11:40 AM

First Wolf Dog litter scanned

Posted by pupscanproject@gmail.com on September 18, 2018 at 11:20 AM

The Pupscan Team had the great pleasure of scanning these beautiful Wolf Dog puppies. We had a great time meeting the parents, the male of which is just magnificent, he also starred in a few films. He is enormous but what a charismatic dog we could have admired him all day long.


Orthopaedic Specialist Vet Paul Kelly joins the Pupscan Team

Posted by pupscanproject@gmail.com on August 1, 2018 at 11:45 AM

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 Commision of the Royal St Hubert, Belgium

Posted by pupscanproject@gmail.com on June 27, 2018 at 10:50 AM

A meeting took place last week 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. The Pupscan project is researching the factors leading to abnormal hip/elbow development in dogs and aims to separate predominantly genetic from the many acquired conditions that damage joints causing ‘dysplasia’.

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.