KC seeks analyst to join breeding for health project
THE KENNEL Club is advertising for a ‘breeding for health data analyst’ who will be based at its London headquarters for a two-year term.
The chosen candidate will work with the club’s health team to ‘develop and deliver’ comprehensive strategies for 215 breeds, focusing on health and improvement.
‘A holistic view of breed health will be taken, and therefore known hereditary conditions, complex hereditary conditions, conformational concerns and/or population genetics will be considered’, the advertisement states.
The breeding for health project aims to ensure that all health concerns are identified through evidenced based criteria, and breeders are provided with appropriate resources to ensure they are provided with support in tackling health concerns, it goes on.
The chosen applicant will have a biology or veterinary science background with a PhD or equivalent experience, and a background in genetics or animal breeding/conservation.
“Our health team is very pleased to be developing the breeding for health strategies project which will aim to provide, over time, customised and dynamic breed-specific strategies to improve all registered breeds,” said KC secretary Caroline Kisko. “These strategies will provide better support to meet breed-specific goals in improving genetic health, breed conservation, and healthy conformation.
“Drawing on the expertise of the team, as well as internal and external research and advisors, the strategies will truly be evidence-based resources for breed health.”