Welcome to the Briard Medical Trust

Kath Williams, second from left, helping out at the BMT table at the 2016 BCA Specialty.
Kath Williams, second from left, helping out at the BMT table at the 2016 BCA Specialty.

The Briard Medical Trust (BMT) offers condolences to the family, friends, and Briards of Kath Williams on her untimely passing.  Kath passed away on the evening of March 31, 2018, surrounded by family and friends.

As Kath was a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Briard Club (PNWBC) and an active member of the BMT’s Medical Committee, the PNWBC requests that Briard friends direct their memorial donations to the Briard Medical Trust.

We at the BMT will miss her ready smile and willing hand.  All that she has done and had hoped to do for the BMT and the breed is greatly appreciated.

4th Annual Briard Medical Trust’s Mary Lou Tingley National Specialty Lecture

The Briard Medical Trust is pleased to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski will be our featured speaker at the 4th Annual Briard Medical Trust’s Mary Lou Tingley National Specialty Lecture during the Briard Club of America National Specialty week.

Dr. Rozanski is an Associate Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She is boarded in both internal medicine and emergency medicine and critical care. She received her DVM degree at the University of Illinois and we are happy that she is doing a homecoming of sorts to speak at the 2017 national specialty. Dr. Rozanski is one of the researchers supported by the AKC Canine Health Foundation Bloat Initiative. The BMT, through the generosity of our donors, is a major supporter of that initiative. Many of our dogs contributed blood samples during the 2014 specialty. Dr. Rozanski’s talk will address new developments in the battle against gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), including the AKC-CHF study investigating genetics.  Additionally, other “hot off the presses” studies will be shared, including those that are specifically related to Briards.

Everyone is invited to join us for this lecture on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4501 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL  60174.    Fourth Annual Mary Lou Tingley National Specialty Lecture Series and please RSVP to briard14@gmail.com by August 1, 2017.

Visit the AKC Canine Health Foundation:  http://www.akcchf.org/about-us/

The Briard Medical Trust was established by the Briard Club of America in 2005 as a separate 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to examining and improving the health status of our dogs.  The trust supports and promotes peer-reviewed, non-terminal research into the genetic and acquired diseases that affect the breed.  These endeavors are fulfilled through fundraising and the generous donations of Briard fanciers and owners.  This research has the potential to yield benefits for all dogs.  The trust also develops and provides information about proper care and treatment of Briards to improve individual health and elevate the health status of the breed overall.

Since its founding in 2005, the Briard Medical Trust has donated over $77,000 (2016) in support of various research studies to benefit the health of our Briards.  Donations from breeders, breed fanciers, and friends make the trust’s work possible, and advancements in knowledge, veterinary science, and clinical practice from this type of investment in Briard health have positive implications and benefits for *all* dogs.

Thank you for your support.