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Question: Does Chesapeake Bay Retriever health research help all dogs or just Chessies?
Answer: Every advance in canine health research helps us fill in more parts of the puzzle. This is particularly true in genetic research.
Question: Is it true that some canine health research also advances human health?
Answer: Yes, in fact the canine health research is a two way street. While many advances in human medicine help dogs, there are advances in canine research that help human researchers particularly in the area of genetics. The homology between the human genome and the canine genome is over 85%. Scientists can also study dog families much easier than human families. Each breed is in fact a very extended family - and a genetic isolate. Dogs, particularly purebred dogs, have extensive pedigrees and usually several offspring. All of these things make studying genetics in dogs much more efficient.
Question: How can I help advance Chesapeake Bay Retriever health research?
Answer: Learn about the many ways science is advancing health. Tell others what you find out and support the efforts of the American Chesapeake Club in hosting canine health education programs. Finally, offer your support through annual donations to the ACCCT or through a bequest.
Question: Who pays for the travel, lodging, meals, etc. for the Trustees and Advisors to attend meetings? Is there any compensation of any type given to the Trustees and Advisors?
Answer:The Trustees and Advisors of the ACCCT do not receive any compensation for their service. They also do not receive any reimbursement for their expenses to travel or attend meetings. In fact, it costs them their personal time and expenses in order to serve. In addition to this, they may make annual contributions to the Trust.