March 2018

Kathleen McIndoe has been appointed as a Director to the SCWTCA Endowment Board. Kathy is a long time Wheaten breeder and member of SCWTCA. Kathy has held many positions in SCWTCA including National Specialty Chair, Code of Ethics Committee Chair, and manager of the Stud Register.

Kathy shepherded the SCWT Database to rollout and continues to manage it. The database collects health and pedigree information to help identify, track, and reduce incidences of health problems in SCWTs.

Kathy’s knowledge and experience in Wheatens will serve as an asset to the Board.

The SCWTCA Endowment, Inc. Board of Directors has unanimously approved a donation of $2,500.00 to the Bartonella/Hemangiosarcoma research with Dr. Matthew Breen. The AKC will match this donation. Dr. Breen works with Dr. Edward Breitschwerdt DVM North Carolina State University.

This research will study the Prevalence of Bartonella infection in dogs with cardiac and splenic hemangiosarcoma. Hemangiosarcoma is an aggressive and common cancer in dogs. The cause of this disease is unknown. Bartonella causes vascular disease and a carrier state that would cause chronic inflammatory disease, both of which would cause splenic involvement.

Tremendous efforts are being made through research funded by CHF and its donors to gain a better understanding of the biology and progression of this disease with the goal to design new and effective approaches to treatment.

April 2016

In continuing support of the Meryl Littman Research Fund at PennVet, the Endowment donated $9,000.00 designated for Dr. Paula Henthorn's SCWT research.

December 2015

Dr. Meryl Littman VMD DACVIM has been elected as a Director to the SCWTCA Endowment Board. For over 20 years, through her research, Dr. Littman has worked tirelessly on improving the health of the SCWT. Dr. Littman’s experience, expertise and love for the SCWT will make her a valuable asset to the Endowment Board.

In lending support for Dr. Paula Henthorn’s continuing genetic research work of the SCWT, the Endowment Board voted to reimburse the Trustees of the University of PA for the cost of her new freezer storing Wheaten DNA in the amount of $9,142.

The Endowment Board announces that the Fecal API test kit is now available on the SCWTCA Endowment, Inc. website (www.wheatenhealthendowment.org). Information about the test kit can be found on the homepage navigation bar. The Endowment is providing the kits at cost.