Learn About The Genetics of Canine Aggression with Dr. Jessica Hekman

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
  • 7:00 PM (CDT)
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017
  • 8:00 PM (CDT)
  • Recorded Webinar

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Learn About The Genetics of Canine Aggression

presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman

CEUs

IAABC 1 CEU

CPDT 1 CEU

KPA 1 CEU

PPG 1 CEU



Why haven't we found a genetic test yet that will predict aggression in dogs? In this presentation Dr. Jessica will  summarize then current approaches that have been taken to answering this problem and explain the pitfalls that researchers have encountered. Dr.  Jessica will  describe some specific findings in dogs and humans and put them in context to explain their relevance to our understanding of canine aggression in the real world. The webinar will also discuss the  future directions of research in this area and give some hope for future results.

Webinar Objectives

  • List some approaches to finding a genetic test for aggression
  • Explain why finding a genetic test for aggression is difficult and unlikely to happen soon
  • Describe some specific mechanisms for the interaction of genetics and environment to influence aggression in dogs

About The Presenter


Jessica is a veterinarian currently pursuing a PhD in genetics. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She is now enrolled in a PhD program in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her lab studies a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior.

Jessica is a New Englander at heart, but currently lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and two dogs (an elderly golden retriever and a fearful collie-retriever mix). You can learn more about her at www.dogzombie.com.

 


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