Linda Taylor our breed health coordinator, has forwarded the message below from Dr Tom Lewis Post-doctoral Quantitative Geneticist Animal Health Trust,

“As you may know, we have been involved in compiling a health survey for the Irish Setters with a particular focus on Bloat, which hopefully will mean we are able to determine how heritable this condition is. This survey is going to be online, which will considerably cut the costs and manpower required to collate the data gathered. We feel that the web is the ideal format to conduct such health surveys, and would like to extend this survey to the other Setter breeds.

Therefore, I am hoping, with the help of the Kennel Club, to generate an online health survey for English Setters. The flexibility availed by conducting surveys online means that the survey will appear tailored to English Setters once the user has indicated their dog is of this breed. “

If you have any questions or topics you would like to be put forward for inclusion, please let Pat Mellish have them and she will forward these to Linda for her consideration.


The Kennel Club and Royal Canin Breeder Education Seminars, which now replace the Breeders Symposium.   These 12 days of seminars are spread throughout the UK and are being held at The Royal Veterinary College – Hertfordshire (28th and 29th Sept), Bristol Veterinary School (5th and 6th Oct), Royal Dick Veterinary College – Edinburgh (19th and 20th Oct), The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science – Nottingham (2nd and 3rd Nov), the University of Liverpool (16th and 17th Nov) and the University of Glasgow (30th Nov and 1st Dec).

Full details are here   kcbreederseminars