Study about Progressive Retinal Atrophy in English Cocker
Spaniels, in collaboration with the Veterinary University of Liège, Belgium
As we already talked about in our last article (available only in French for the
moment) about Optigen test, the Veterinary University of Liège has some funds
available for research. So, the professors thought to begin some researches
about the most current eye diseases in some breeds, and especially the painful
diseases and/or the diseases that make the dog becomes irremediably blind.
So, they have in project to develop a DNA test for PRA in English Cocker
Spaniels (one of the most affected breeds by that disease), like the Optigen
test. But with the idea to market a much cheaper test, and easier for
To began that study, they need the DNA from as many dogs as possible, to have a
maximum of different bloodlines, to provide a test that will be as reliable as
possible. All English Cockers owners, breeders or pet people, can help and
make the research advance, if they accept to take part in this study.
The aim of this article is to realise a "survey" to know approximately the
number of dogs on which the sampling could be done, and to forward the
coordinates of the people interested by that study to Liège University.
Our implication is stopping there and, in an obvious confidentiality
preoccupation, we won't know anything about the data exchanged with the
participants to that study and the Université (contact person at the University
: Dr Magda Grauwels, ECVO Diplomate - European College of Veterinary
To take part in that study, it's imperatively necessary that your(s) dog(s) has
(have) an official pedigree, recognized by FCI (Fédération Cynologique
You will be asked to provide, for each dog :
- Blood sample (you will get a kit for that purpose)
- Dog's identification (that will be checked by the vet when he will take the
- Pedigree copy
- Last annual eye test copy (if done)
- Optigen test copy (if done)
- Your complete coordinates
If you want to take part in that study, thank you to complete the following form.
It will be forwarded to Liège University, and you will be recontacted later on
to confirm your participation, and to get the blood sample kits and detailed
If you have questions, you can also send us an email to
A huge thanks in advance to help us to make the research
Participation form to the
Progressive Retinal Atrophy study, in collaboration with the Veterinary
university of Liège, Belgique.
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