Dr. Ann Jeglum is a member of our Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Scientific Steering Committee, which provides expertise and guidance for the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. She’s also a study veterinarian, with six of her own patients enrolled in the study, giving her a unique perspective and valuable insights that inform her role on the committee.
A Charter Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Jeglum received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research has contributed to many advances in cancer treatment in both human and veterinary medicine, including the development of an intralymphatic tumor vaccine delivery method used to treat lymphoma in dogs, use of monoclonal antibodies against canine lymphoma-associated antigens, and novel therapies to treat canine histiocytic sarcoma and osteosarcoma.
Dr. Jeglum has been interested in the health of golden retrievers for decades, collecting over 4,500 pedigrees to study the genetic epidemiology of cancer. Dr. Jeglum said one of the major advantages of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is that it is a prospective study. Prospective studies gather real-time health data, following the patients as they age, in contrast to retrospective studies that look back through medical records to try to piece together a picture of a patient’s health history. Prospective studies allow researchers to collect more thorough and accurate data compared to retrospective studies.
Dr. Jeglum believes that everything we learn from this prospective approach will fundamentally change what we’ve gleaned from previously published retrospective studies. For example, we can learn more about the true incidence rates of cancer, zero in on the optimum age to neuter, and analyze the interactions and effects of environment, nutrition and disease on cancer.
Dr. Jeglum is the founder of the Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center in West Chester, Pennsylvania, a private veterinary cancer center. She currently is loved by 11 dogs (cocker spaniels, pugs, and German shorthaired pointers)!