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2020 Belgian Tervuren Health Study
Hosted by the OFA, this study was designed by the ABTC Health Education Committee to help identiy significant health concerns and collect general information in the Belgian Tervuren breed. All owners are asked to fill out this survey for each Tervuren you have owned since 2014. Go to https://www.ofa.org/about/educational-resources/health-surveys then scroll to “Belgian Tervuren 2020” and click on that link to participate in the survey.
Stomach Cancer Study
Dr. Elaine Ostrander at the National Human Genome Research Institute Dog Genome Project has taken on the study to determine the cause of stomach cancer in breeds that have an increased risk. The study was initiated by Dr. Elizabeth McNiel who has turned over the study to Dr. Ostrander.
We are interested in collecting blood samples and pedigrees from Belgian Tervuren that either:
- have stomach cancer
- or have no signs of stomach cancer and is at least 8 years old.
Contact the Ostrander Lab for more information:
Phone: (301) 451-9390
Fax: (301) 594-0023
Stomach Cancer Project Blood Draw Instructions
In addition to blood samples, tissue samples of the cancer are also valuable. The samples would need to be fresh frozen and sent to the Ostrander lab or placed immediately in RNAlater—a solution that the Ostrander lab can provide—and then shipped to the lab. Please contact the Ostrander lab directly if you think that you could provide a tissue sample.
The epilepsy study is current and ongoing.