[GDU] vet study
basil05 at sbcglobal.net
Sat May 1 12:07:57 CDT 2010
As Breeding Director for Guiding Eyes I am writing to ask if you would be
willing to help us. An important study will soon be underway to help us
learn more about what factors contribute to early retirement in guide dogs
and service dogs. In order for the study to be successful, we need about
300 graduates from each of three schools; Guiding Eyes for the Blind, The
Seeing Eye and Canine Companions for Independence to take part in filling
out blind-user friendly survey about your dog's health, behavior and
Participating in the study involves up to three things:
* Fill web-based survey twice a year for two to three years
* Some of you will be asked to comb some fur from your dog with a comb
provided by the researchers and return it in a prepaid mailing envelope
* Communicate with a member of the research team If your dog becomes sick,
is injured, or if anything untoward happens to your dog during the study.
In the event of a medical problem, you may also be asked for permission to
contact and speak with your dog's veterinarian.
Our challenge at the moment is we have had only 116 graduates respond to the
survey so far. The Seeing Eye and Canine Companions graduates on the other
hand have responded quickly and in numbers sufficient for the needs. We
hope for a total of 300 Guiding Eyes graduates.
You can help us in two ways. If you have already signed up, please share
the news with other graduates about the importance of the study. If you
have not signed up yet please consider doing it. The researchers want
information on actively working dogs of all ages regardless of when they are
due to retire.
To sign up, go to the website http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RH79CMZ. You
will provide your name and email address in the spaces provided, as well as
the name, breed and age of your dog. All of this information will be treated
as confidential, and will not be shared with any other individuals or
groups. Providing this information is entirely voluntary and does not
commit you to participate in the planned study. At this time, the
researchers are merely seeking permission to contact you to invite your
formal participation when they are ready to begin collecting data in the
Spring or Summer of 2010. At that time, you will be provided with more
detailed information about the study and asked to sign a formal consent
form, if you are still willing to participate.
If you have suggestions on how we can get the word out more effectively,
please let us know. Dr. Deborah Duffy from the University of Pennsylvannia
indicated that she would be happy to communicate with you if you have
questions or need technical assistance. She can be reached at
duffydl at vet.upenn.edu <mailto:duffydl%40vet.upenn.edu> .
The results of this research will be used to help guide us in changes that
we can make in breeding, puppy raising or other aspects of our program to
provide even better dogs for you. There is much interest in understanding
the role of stress in the development of physical illness and breakdown of
an individual's ability to do their job as a working dog.
Thank you for considering our request,
Senior Director, Canine Development Center and Genetics Guiding Eyes for the
Manager, Consumer Outreach * Graduate Support
Guiding Eyes for theBlind
800-942-0149 ex. 2210
bbarnes at guidingeyes.org <mailto:bbarnes%40guidingeyes.org>
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