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Fellowship Supports Research into Problems of Brachycephalic Dogs

September 5, 2012

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Doctor Guillaume Hoareau is a veterinarian in the hospital’s residency program for specialists in emergency and critical care of small animals.

September 5, 2012

Guillaume L. Hoareau, DV (Docteur Veterinaire), is the first recipient of the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation’s Clinician-Scientist Fellowship at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Hoareau, a third-year resident in the Emergency and Critical Care Service of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, received the news in late August. “It is with great honor and pleasure that I accept the nomination for the fellowship,” states Hoareau. “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and my group. I am extremely enthusiastic about working with the AKC.” Hoareau’s research will be promoted by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and his personal journey as a young scientist will be shared with its donors.

The Research Committee of the School of Veterinary Medicine nominated Hoareau. The fellowship includes a research grant and funding to present his results at a national scientific meeting. UC Davis was one of only five institutions in the country invited to participate in this award program.

Awarding of the fellowship is based on the following criteria as set forth by the foundation:

•    A resident who has shown promise and enthusiasm for pursuing a career in canine health research
•    A resident who will conduct research in line with the Canine Health Foundation mission to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and support the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease
•    A resident who will conduct research that will abide by the policies of the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation

Hoareau’s research will focus on brachycephalic dogs, which are mostly noted for their pushed-in noses and bulging eyes; the skull is typically broad and short in relation to its size. Common breeds include English bulldogs, French bulldogs, Boston terriers, Shih Tzus and pugs. Respiratory and cardiovascular problems are common in these breeds. With the mentoring of faculty member Matt Mellema, Hoareau will be leading projects centered on those two areas. He hopes to also use this research as groundwork for his PhD studies.