Top 10 Achievements of 2016
It’s almost 2017, and a good time to look back over the past year for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. The study launched in 2012 and was fully enrolled in 2015, so we are almost into our fifth year. Here are some study highlights from 2016:
- Missy Simpson, Epidemiologist for the Canine Lifetime Health Project, gave presentations about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study at the American Animal Hospital Association and American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine conferences.
- The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study 3000 Strong team was one of the leading fundraising teams in the 2016 Morris Animal Foundation Unite to Fight Pet Cancer Virtual Walk.
- New partnerships were started with Whistle, a company that makes accelerometers for dogs, and Fear Free, a new veterinary continuing education course designed to decrease the stress and anxiety surrounding veterinary visits for pets and their owners, creating more positive visits for everyone!
- Online study updates were improved, including appointment tracking and better access to laboratory results.
- The first study using samples from the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, and directed by our in-house scientific programs team, was launched. The team is examining the gut microbiome in a select group of study participants in this “nested” study – a study within a study.
- Biopsy kits, which guide study veterinarians on sample collection and submission, were distributed.
- The Second Annual Hero Parade took place at the Golden Retriever National Specialty in Placerville, California, in October.
- The quarterly Golden Retriever Lifetime Study eUpdate was launched.
- Of our starting cohort of 3,044 dogs, 2,982 dogs continue to participate in the largest canine veterinary health study in the United States.
- We have an 84 percent compliance rate in our study cohort, which means that 84 percent of all owners have submitted all required study samples, are current on their examinations, and have completed all required questionnaires!