Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Celebrates its Third Year
As the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study ends its third year, there has been plenty to celebrate. Several important study milestones were reached this year, and the team is looking forward to another productive year.
A major milestone was reached in March 2015, when Chloe Walters became the 3,000th golden retriever enrolled in the study. Reaching full enrollment ensures the study has adequate statistical power, and it marked the end of the study’s recruitment phase. Achieving this important point was the result of tremendous work on the part of the study team, the dedicated study volunteers, and each and every study participant.
Another important event occurred in June 2015, when Dr. Missy Simpson joined the team. As a veterinary epidemiologist, Dr. Simpson’s job is to start the long process of analyzing the hundreds of data points generated by more than 3,000 study participants and their veterinarians. Since Dr. Simpson joined Morris Animal Foundation, her initial analyses have provided an intriguing window into the baseline characteristics of this extraordinary group of dogs.
A recent addition to the team is our study veterinarian, Dr. Sharon Albright. Dr. Albright will provide guidance to the study team, as well as shepherd study veterinarians and participants through the remaining years of the study.
“As we approach our third study anniversary, my admiration of our participants – dog owners, veterinarians, and, of course, the golden retrievers themselves, continues to grow,” said Erin Searfoss, study director of the Canine Lifetime Health Project. “Their dedication, the hard working study team staff, and the support of our partners will make a lasting impact on veterinary medicine and the health of all dogs for many years to come.”