Bear Creek Veterinary Care Joins the Nationwide Effort to Improve Health of Dogs

Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Will Identify Risk Factors for Development of Cancer and Other Diseases

April 22, 2013 — Bear Creek Veterinary Care has become a participating veterinary hospital in the Morris Animal Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. This study is a groundbreaking effort to learn how to better prevent cancer and other diseases in dogs. It is the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken for dogs, enrolling up to 3,000 Golden Retrievers and lasting 10 to 14 years. Although restricted to Golden Retrievers, results from this study will benefit all breeds.

According to Dr. Michael Guy, director of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, “the Morris Animal Foundation would not be able to complete this study without the participation of dedicated veterinarians such as Bear Creek Veterinary Care, which will perform the examinations and sample collections required for the study.”

“Bear Creek Veterinary Care is committed to advancing veterinary medical research for the benefit of our patients, and our participation in this study is just one example of that commitment,” said Dr. Stephanie Fernyak, Medical Director at the hospital.

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is part of Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Lifetime Health Project, a nationwide online community of dog owners willing to participate in clinical studies to learn how to better prevent and treat major diseases affecting dogs. If you have a healthy, purebred Golden under two years of age, consider joining the Canine Lifetime Health Project. Learn more about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study at

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Please contact Stephanie Fernyak, DVM., April Van Valin, DVM., and Kevin Lisenbee, DVM. at or (719) 685-1177.