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Heads and tales: Stories of dogs and their breathing

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The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Easter Bush Campus

Midlothian

EH25 9RG

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'Let's Talk About Health' is all about advancing our knowledge of normal human and animal biology, and what goes wrong in disease.

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Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment of both humans and animals. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks at Edinburgh BioQuarter, or participate in a workshop before talks at Easter Bush. We look forward to seeing you there!

‘Heads and Tales: Stories of Dogs and Their Breathing Disorders’

Richard Mellanby and Jeff Schoenebeck, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Dogs with flattened faces (brachycephalics) are becoming increasingly popular around the world. Since Victorian times, selective breeding of dogs has been a popular hobby that has created a body shape prone to several diseases and one of the most problematic is a difficulty in breathing. This condition can cause suffering and is under-recognised by some vets and owners. These breeds have proportionally more soft tissue in the head, filling the airways with excess tissue. But is that the whole story?

Join us to learn how genetic research has dramatically improved our understanding of the changes in body shape of brachycephalic dogs. Hear about how a recent investigation into a normal shaped dog (the Norwich terrier) with a different breathing problem is changing our understanding of brachycephalic upper airway disease and how we are improving the diagnosis, treatment and public awareness of breathing disease in dogs through the BREATHE clinic (Brachycephalic Research Education Assessment and Treatment, Hospital for Small Animals, Edinburgh).

This lecture is free and open to all.

Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.

Refreshments available after event.

DNA Detectives: Dog Health & Disease

Pre-lecture workshop for S4-S6 pupils and teachers (first-come first-served basis) at the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre, 4.30-5.15pm

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>>How to get to Easter Bush campus

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