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GDC is now located in NH:
New GDC address and phone
Please note the new GDC website address: www.gdcinstitute.org
August 15, 2005
GDC Searchable Registry temporarily off-line
The GDC Searchable Registry is being moved to a new server, and is temporarily unavailable.
IIf you need information on dogs in the GDC data base, please email us at EMAIL GDC, or call GDC at 603-456-2350.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
--George Packard, Director
Dr. George Padgett
Dogs and the people who breed them lost George Padgett, DVM, one of their best friends and champions, shortly before Christmas, 2004. George was a professor emeritus at Michigan State Univerisity and a tireless advocate for breeders and breed clubs in the struggle to control genetic disease. He was one of the people whose energy and ideas helped establish GDC in the late 1980s, and for nearly two decades he has counseled breeders and breed clubs on genetic disease issues. His ideas have permanently changed the way many people think, and what's more, talk, about genetic disease in dogs.
He was generous, funny, smart, down-to-earth, sympathetic and uncompromising in his ethics and ideals. His phone was always within arm's reach while he worked, usually late at night, and he extended an open invitation to any breeder with a question to call and talk.
His book, "Control of Canine Genetic Diseases," (Howell Book House) is still the best single source of information available. The final paragraph of his introduction to the book captures the essence of his thinking:
"If we want to make any impact in controlling genetic disease in dogs, we must agree that an ethical approach is based on fairness, openness, and honesty. While traditions are important to us and should remain important, they should be changed if they conflict with the exercise of our ethics as dog breeders."
He was a dear friend to many people, a staunch supporter of anybody who cared to try to make a difference, and a fierce critic of those he felt were standing in the way.
As a breeder wrote recently on the GDC HealthCom list,
"Dr. Padgett's words of encouragement nearly 6 years ago sustained my efforts - in the end our breed will benefit."
What is GDC?
Open registries and resources to help
breeders and researchers fight genetic disease
GDC was created more than a decade ago to help breeders of purebred dogs reduce the prevalence of genetic disease. At that time, the founders of GDC felt that providing the first national open registry service would be the single most effective step towards giving breeders the tools they needed. The GDC registries eventually covered more than 20 diseases.
The GDC data base is now merged with OFA and information on GDC dogs is available on the new OFA website.
On July 1 2002, GDC closed all of its registries except the Eye and Tumor Registries. GDC will operate the Eye registry (information from CERF exams) indefinitely, and the Tumor registry until OFA creates and adopts an expanded version.
Information on all GDC-registered dogs will continue to be available through KinReports.
GDC will continue to provide information and resources to help breeders use shared health information to make good breeding decisions. We will also work with breed clubs on a limited basis to provide open registries in areas that are not currently available through OFA. Article on the GDC/OFA merge
Photo: Anne Nichols
GDC data base available on the OFA website
KinReports by Email
GDC now can email your KinReports as Adobe Acrobat PDF files, at your request. Turnaround time is usually less than 24 hours.
What is a KinReport?
Click here to download a sample KinReport.
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