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The Vizsla Club of America Welfare Foundation (VCA WF) was formally established in 2000 by the Vizsla Club of America (VCA) Board of Directors to give our breed a recognized charitable structure with 501(c)3 non-profit status for grant-making purposes. Our mission is to provide enduring financial support to benefit the purebred Vizsla in the areas of health research and rescue. Also, as part of our charter, we seek to educate the community-at-large regarding the preservation, betterment and health of the purebred Vizsla. Our Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws are available upon request.

Without the generous and thoughtful support of so many breeders, owners, handlers and admirers of the Vizsla, the VCA WF could not begin to fulfill our mission to preserve and protect the welfare of the purebred Vizsla.

Epilepsy Research—PHASE 3
In the fall of 2014, with funding from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKC CHF), Dr. Ned Patterson and his team at the University of Minnesota launched Phase 3 of the Epilepsy Research Initiative to identify multiple markers for the disease, concentrating on both the Vizsla and the Australian Shepherd.  To insure the success of this research, Dr. Patterson’s team needs as many affected samples from seizing dogs as possible, including related family members. They also need samples from unaffecteds (or controls) who are 8 years or older. FMI about sample submission and participation in the University of Minnesota’s Epilepsy Research Initiative, please contact Katie Minor at minork@umn.eduAll submission information will be kept confidential.

Dog Genome Project at the Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT
The genome of the domesticated dog, a close evolutionary relation to human, is a powerful new tool for understanding the human genome. Comparison of the dog with human and other mammals reveals key information about the structure and evolution of genes and genomes. The unique breeding history of dogs, with their extraordinary behavioral and physical diversity, offers the opportunity to find important genes underlying diseases shared between dogs and humans, such as cancer, diabetes, and epilepsy. Researchers need blood samples for genome sequencing for all dogs, but especially dogs with the following diseases: Hemangiosarcoma, Osteosarcoma, Lymphoma, Mast Cell Tumors, Addison’s Disease, Diabetes, Kidney failure at a young age and compulsive disorder.

FMI on sample submission-- Please contact Michele Koltookian at doginfo@broadinstitute.org.

For more information about Research sponsored by the VCA WF

Board of Directors (2022)

  • Elise Wright, President
  • Meghan Tallman, Vice-President
  • Laurie Cummings Cahill, Treasurer & National Rescue Coordinator
  • Kathy Rust, Secretary
  • Krista Schroeder, Public Health Coordinator
  • Les Varga
  • Lynn Worth-Smith
  • Directors Emeriti: Pat Carnes, Dee Chuisano, Anne Denehy

FMI: vcawf2000@gmail.com

VCA WF Veterinary Advisory Committee

Emily M Ansel DVM
Nancy Heinold DVM
Karen Potter DVM
Tricia Carnes Ware DVM

The VCA WF manages the Welfare Foundation's assets among four different funds:

1. Health Fund

The Health Fund sponsors several Vizsla-specific research projects, including the Cornell University Vizsla Mast Cell Tumor Study; the Epilepsy Research Initiative in partnership with Dr Ned Patterson at the University of Minnesota via the AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKC CHF), the Lymphosarcoma study in collaboration with the Magyar Vizsla Society; and Hemangiosarcoma, Lymphoma and Osteosarcoma Research with Dr Jaime Modiano at the University of Minnesota.

Since 2010, the VCA WF has partnered with other breed clubs through AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKC CHF) to fund research on canine epilepsy, canine lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma, mast cell cancer and on brucellosis. FMI about VCA WF sponsored research, please contact the VCA Welfare Foundation at vcawf2000@gmail.com.

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2. Rescue Fund

The VCA WF partners with regional vizsla clubs and independent rescue organizations to provide support for efforts to rescue the pure-bred vizsla.

» Learn more about applying for a grant from the VCA WF to support pure bred Vizsla rescue

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3. DNA Fund

The DNA Fund is dedicated to fostering the work of the Magyar Vizsla Society. The VCA WF continues to collect blood to build a reference library for the breed for present and future DNA testing.

4. General Fund

The General Fund exists for the purpose of managing the Foundation and may be used to provide additional funding for health, rescue and educational initiatives, as needed.

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