Vet School Brings Donkey Welfare Symposium to East Coast

Despite being the symbol of the Democratic Party, donkeys are often stereotyped as stubborn and are treated merely as livestock. The fourth Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium, held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the College of Veterinary Medicine, aimed to improve audience’s knowledge of the animal through informative demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on laboratories.

Penny, a mixed-breed, and Huckleberry Finn,a golden retriever, are two of the over 4,200 dogs included in this genetic study of complex disease and morphological traits

Cornell Vet School Researchers Publish Largest Ever Study of Dog Genetics

Cornell researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine have recently published the largest genetic study of dogs to ever be completed. Adam Boyko, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, is the senior author of the paper. He said this study would not have been possible without the Cornell Veterinary Biobank, a collection of samples that includes the DNA of over 10,000 dogs from around the world. “It’s a really great resource for research,” Boyko said. “If you need to get sample sizes that are beyond the capabilities of your lab, you can use the resources that [the biobank] has and much more quickly scale up studies to help you make discoveries.”

Because the researchers had access to the biobank’s samples, they were able to design a study that was vastly different from most genetic analyses of dogs, according to Boyko.