The Westie Foundation of America is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation that provides financial and other support to medical research and education efforts to benefit the health and quality of life of the West Highland White Terrier in particular and dogs in general.
Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the Foundation in any amount.
All gifts benefit the life-long well-being of Westies.
Calling All Westie Owners!
Westie DNA samples needed for Addison’s Disease research.Click here for more info...
Westie DNA samples needed for bladder cancer in Westies study at National Institutes of Health.Click here for more info...
Genetic Marker for CMO
Blood samples from affected dogs and their unaffected family membersClick here for more info...
Donate to the WFA for whatever reason you choose: a memorial for the passing of a beloved Westie or a wonderful friend; an honorarium to celebrate someone's birthday, anniversary, holiday greetings or whatever; a litter, a championship, obedience or agility title for someone’s Westie, etc.Complete details here...
Westie Chocolate!Get yours here...
Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO) Genetic TestClick here for details...
2014 Montgomery County WFA Seminar AnnouncementClick here for details...
The Westie Health Survey is here!Click here for details...
Donate to the Foundation and receive a Westie Foundation car magnetClick here for details...
Kirsten Fox Fleece Vests
We’re excited to announce that we have a few of the Kirsten Fox designed fleece vests still available. The inventory is remaining from our Montgomery County sales table. Therefore, there are a limited number of colors and sizes available. The size and color choices are listed below and will be available while supplies last.
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Fibrosis Across Species: A Workshop on Comparative Pathology of Fibrosing Lung Disorders
April 27-29, 2014
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Co-Chairs Kevin Brown, MD and Jesse Roman, MD
Invitation-only, no registration fee
About the Fibrosis Across Species Workshop
The Fibrosis Across Species effort includes a workshop on comparative pathobiology of fibrosing lung disorders that will gather physicians and veterinary experts, pathologists, community advocates, and representatives of private foundations, industry and biotechnology, and federal scientific organizations. The workshop is designed to advance knowledge in the area of lung fibrosis in humans and domestic animals and in particular, in breeds of terrier dogs such as the West Highland White Terrier and in thoroughbred horses.
Sponsors and Sponsorship Opportunities:
- Win: $50,000 (premier)
Place: $25,000 - $49,000
Show: $10,000 - $24,000
Derby Fan: (especially for non-profits and individual donors) $1,500 - $5,000
The Shamrock Westie Family
Researchers from human and veterinary medicine plan to convene a workshop to facilitate collaborations of researchers to develop a cohesive plan for comparative research in the disease. Comparative research – or research that compares human disease to similar diseases in animals – has been used successfully in the treatment of bladder, prostate, bone and other forms of cancer. The meeting will address comparative pathobiology of fibrosing lung disorders. The Fibrosis Across Species workshop will build on the success of the 2007 Joint Human/Canine Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Conference, a comparative biology meeting that brought together human and veterinary scientists to discuss similarities between the fibrosis that afflicts Westies and human forms of PF. The white paper from this meeting made specific recommendations for a scientific path forward. One of these recommendations was the convening of a larger comparative biology meeting focused on the fibrosing lung disorders across multiple species. Many of the key researchers in that meeting will lead the Louisville meeting.
- Mortality from Pulmonary Fibrosis Increased in the United States from 1992 to 2003
- Experimental Induction of Pulmonary Fibrosis in Horses with the Gammaherpesvirus Equine Herpesvirus 5
- Veterinary Pathology Online
- American Thoracic Society Documents
- “Welcome to Louisville” Microsoft PowerPoint document
- “Brown” Microsoft PowerPoint document
- “Carey” Microsoft PowerPoint document
- “Clercx” Microsoft PowerPoint document
- “Ekenstedt” Microsoft PowerPoint document
- “Lynch” Microsoft PowerPoint document
- “Olson” Microsoft PowerPoint document
- “Vulliet IPF” Microsoft PowerPoint document
Questions and Additional Information:
Looking for Info on a Specific Health Concern?
- Addison’s Disease
- Atopic Dermatitis (AD)
- Copper Toxicosis
- Craniomandibular Osteopathy (CMO)
- Dry Eye (KCS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Juvenile Cataracts
- Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS)
- Legg - Calvé - Perthes
- Lung Problems (IPF)
- Luxated Patella
- Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
- Skin Problems (AD)
- White Shaker Syndrome
Canine Health Information Center (CHIC)
Support health clearances for Westies by learning about the three recommended clearances and how to go about obtaining clearances for your dogs.
To get started, click here for instructions.
The following websites provide additional information on each recommended clearance:
- Orthopedic Foundation For Animals
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation
To view the Westie database as well as the approved breed specific test protocols visit the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) at CanineHealthInfo.org