2015 Health Clinic Information

The Whippet Health Foundation will be conducting health clinics in conjunction with the 2015 AWC National Specialty. OFA Eye Certification, BAER and cardiac echocardiogram clinics will be held as well as microchipping, AKC DNA and Myostatin testing. The Whippet Health Foundation will be subsidizing a portion of the per dog cost for BAER, cardiac, and myostatin testing for those dogs participating in the WHF database.

All test results subsidized by and released to the WHF Database will be public record.


Eye Clinic: Wednesday, April 22nd. This clinic will be conducted by Dr. B. Keith Collins, DVM, MS, ACVO. The cost is $30 per dog. We will be offering the OFA ECR (eye cert registry) test this year. Exam/interpretation/classification is identical to CERF. This test WILL fulfill the AWC Futurity requirement.

BAER Hearing Clinic: Tuesday, April 21st. This clinic will be conducted by Dr. Susanne Hughes. The cost is $50 per dog for confidential results, $25 for results submitted to the WHF database. There will be time later in the week for overflow testing.

Cardiac Echocardiogram Clinic: Monday, April 20th through Friday, April 24th. This clinic will be conducted by Dr.’s Rebecca Stepien, Heidi Kellihan and Virginia Luis-Fuentes from University of Wisconsin, Madison. There will be two clinics, one for dogs enrolled in the cardiac study and one for dogs wanting heart clearances. All exams will take 30 minutes. Please read the following carefully so you know which clinic to sign up for and what the cost is:

1. Cardiac Study Recheck Clinic: This exam is for those dogs already enrolled previously in the cardiac study. All of these dogs are now over 7 years of age and there are very few of them still living. If you are not sure whether your dog is in the study or not, please contact Dr. Lisa Costello directly. The cost of the recheck exam is FREE. When you send in your sign up form, be sure to mark the RECHECK box. All rechecks will be given priority in the cardiac clinic.

2. Cardiac Clearance Clinic: This exam is for anyone wanting a pre-breeding or health clearance check on a dog not in the above study. The cost of the exam is $225 for confidential results, $175 for results released to the WHF database. These results will be acquired the day of the test. You may sign up as many Whippets as you want to, we should have time to accommodate anyone wanting an echocardiogram certification.

AKC DNA Profile test: (DNA cheek swab): $30/sample. Swabs can either be mailed to you prior to the national or picked up in Wisconsin from Dr. Lisa Costello. She will be available to swab dogs for owners and to collect samples at the show site. They can also be mailed to her but must be received by May 30th. All swabs must be submitted after the national to AKC TOGETHER to qualify for this special rate, do not send to AKC on your own or they will charge you full price!

Myostatin Deficiency test: $48/sample ($28 for database participants) Swabs can either be mailed prior to the national or picked up in Wisconsin from Dr. Lisa Costello. If you will not be attending the national, the swabs and payment can be mailed directly to Dr. Costello and will be submitted with all samples following the national specialty (they must be submitted together). These samples must reach her at the address on the health clinic sign up form no later than May 30th. If you will not be attending the AWC national and need to order sample collection kits directly, call 1-800-625-0874, or email contact@vetdnacenter.com.

Microchipping: $30 per dog. This service will be done by Dr. Hughes and will include an AKC ISO Chip as well as the registration. Dr. Hughes will schedule a time with you after your health clinic registration is received.

DEADLINE TO PRE-REGISTER IS Monday, April 6th, 2015
If you wish to register, payment MUST accompany your registration form or have been processed by PayPal on the WHF website at www.whippethealth.org. Note that for payment by check, checks must be in US Funds drawn on US Banks. To register for any of the health clinics, please use online registration or download the PDF registration form via the links here: