Course curriculum

  • 01


    • Opening

    • Welcome to this course on Genetics

  • 02

    Week 1

    • Learning Objectives

    • Lecture 1

  • 03

    Week 2

    • Learning objectives

    • Lecture 2

  • 04


    • Final exam

  • 05


    • Abstracts on Genetic Testing and Precision/Genomic Medicine for Domestic Cats

    • Genetic Counseling by Practicing Veterinarians

    • Inherited Disorders in Dogs: What is the Veterinarians Role

    • Practitioner Role in Responsible Breeding of Companion Animals

    • Review of the Current State of Genetic Testing - A Living Resource

    • The Role of Health-Conscious Breeding and Genetic Testing in Reducing the Impact of Hereditary Disease

    • Top 5 Genetic Diseases of Cats

    • Top 5 Genetic Diseases of Dogs

    • Understanding How the Genetics of Purebreds and Mixed-Breeds Affect Genetic Counseling in Practice

    • Understanding Mixed-Breed and Purebred Populations and How it Relates to Genetic Disease in Your Patients



Jerold S Bell DVM is Adjunct Professor of Genetics at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Bell chairs the Hereditary Disease Committee of the World Small Animal Veterinary Medical Association, is a member of the Board of Directors of the OFA, and the AKC Canine Health & Welfare Advisory Panel. He is author of “Veterinary Medical Guide to Dog & Cat Breeds”. He was trained in genetics and genetic counseling at Michigan State University and University of Missouri. His DVM is from Cornell University. He practices small animal medicine and surgery at Freshwater Veterinary Hospital in Enfield, CT.

Jerold Bell (DVM)

Chair of the WSAVA Hereditary Disease Committee

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