CHF Announcements

*New York State has cancelled the 2020 National Specialty in Syracuse, NY. We will update this information as it becomes available.*



The Collie Health Foundation is delighted to announce the creation of a YouTube channel! First up – Dr. Leigh Anne Clark Presentation on Dermatomyositis & Interpreting Risk Assessment Results, from March 29, 2018 at the Collie National in Virginia Beach. Special thanks to Irv and June Krukenkamp, Show Dog Video Pros, for capturing this presentation in such quality and making it possible to share with all!



We are happy to be able to offer the following tests at 2020 CCA, Expo Center, NYS Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY.  We will need volunteers to help in all testing areas.  Please email Isabel Ososki at silverthreadcollies@prodigy.net

Optimal Selection (TM)

Run by:  Dr. Casey Knox, DVM, Wisdom Health

When:  Wednesday, April 1 – Friday, April 3 – times to be announced

Location:  Collie Health Foundation Table – stop by if you want to sign up for a specific time

Price:  $60  (we are working with Wisdom Health to see if a discount off the $60 can be offered)

Information to bring:  Dog’s Registered Name, AKC #, Microchip # (if applicable), date of birth

Optimal Selection Canin Genetic Breed Analysis


Dermatomyositis (DMS) Risk Assessment

Run by:  Sue Pierce-Kelling, Advisor for Wisdom Health on Optigen testing

When:  Wednesday, April 1 – Friday, April 3 – times to be announced

Location:  Collie Health Foundation Table – stop by if you want to sign up for a specific time

Price:  to be announced – Swabs will be available to purchase for $4.00/dog at the Membership Table

Information to bring:  Dog’s Registered Name, AKC #, Microchip # (if applicable), date of birth


Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA-rcd2)

Run by:  Sue Pierce-Kelling, Advisor for Wisdom Health on Optigen testing

When:  Wednesday, April 1 – Friday, April 3 – times to be announced

Location:  Collie Health Foundation Table – stop by if you want to sign up for a specific time

Price:  to be announced – Swabs will be available to purchase for $4.00/dog at the Membership Table

Information to bring:  Dog’s Registered Name, AKC #, Microchip # (if applicable), date of birth


Martha E. Hoffman CHIC/DNA Banking Project

Run by:  Dr. Nancy Kelso, DVM

When:  Wednesday, April 1 – Friday, April 3 – times to be announced

Location:  Collie Health Foundation Table – stop by if you want to sign up for a specific time

Price:  Free to all collies

Forms:  Please bring these forms fully filled out for faster processing https://colliehealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/CHF-CHIC-DNA-Bank-Application2.pdf

Please note:  This is a blood draw.


Eye Clinic

Run by:  Dr. Riis, Ophthalmologist, Cornell University (Ret)

When:   Friday, April 3 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Location:  Location to be announced.  If you wish to sign up please text or call Dr. Riis at 518-928-7833.  Walk-ins are welcome depending on availability.

Price:  $45 (PayPal at time of test or check payable to CHF)

Forms:  Will be provided but please have the following information: Registered Name, AKC/Other Registration #, DOB, Microchip #/Tattoo #.  Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment time as drops will be administered.  (Drops used lasts about 2-3 hours and does not impair visual abilities)