The GCS Vision
The GCS Mission
The GCS Profile
Registration and (data)management of animal populations
At the present time certain animal populations are still without registry or pedigree
records. In combating problems of health or behaviour, however,
registration proves crucially important. Registration with GCS has
several advantages, such as reliable records and relevant research.
These in turn are indispensable in the quest for responsible and
dynamic population management.
Supply and support of data management software
Many breed clubs and hobby organisations feel the need for well-designed, user-friendly and
flexible software. GCS meets this need with GCS-datamanager®, a
programme designed for population management purposes and fully
compatible with the Institute's data analysis software.
Extension and certification of health screening of individual animals
Genetic disorders and deviations occur in all animal species. In some populations the
incidence of genetic disorders reaches levels such that breeders must
take them into consideration. Many purebred dogs and cats for example
have to be screened for specific disorders prior to breeding. As
veterinary research progresses more deviations are encountered and
identified and the need for screening grows apace. GCS, in
collaboration with veterinary specialists, clubs and/or umbrella
organisations, standardises and coordinates screening examinations. For
each animal tested a certificate is issued, stating the result of the
examination. Screening results are stored electronically and entered in
the appropriate registry.
Breeding value estimates and genetic risk assessments
For almost every inheritable characteristic - desirable or undesirable - recorded in a
pedigree database a breeding value estimate or genetic risk assessment
can be calculated. This means that for every combination of parent
animals the likelihood that the progeny will possess a characteristic
or disorder can be determined in advance. The Institute can calculate
breeding value estimates and genetic risk assessments and keep these up
Surveys are required to gain insight into breed-specific health problems and to be able to
monitor population health. In this area the Institute has broad
expertise at its disposal. Tailor-made analysis software ensures
reliable and rapid data processing. The surveys are completed with a
report to the client. These reports are public domain, so that breeders
and owners can be fully informed regarding the state of affairs in
One of the most important tasks assumed by the Institute is that of consultant for breeders'
organisations engaged in developing and applying their breeding and
selection policy. In this context workshops, presentations and
publications play a major role.
Support for research institutions
To research institutions GCS offers support for scientific research projects, via structuring
and analysis of pedigree and health data and input of genetic
expertise. In addition, the Institute acts as intermediary in the
contact and consultations between research institutions and clubs,
breeders and owners.
Within the Institute Drs. Peter Prins heads the veterinary section.
Ir. Ed. J. Gubbels is responsible for matters pertaining to genetics
and breeding. Janneke Scholten is in charge of data-analysis and
A number of external experts is affiliated with GCS.
Systematic reporting of the results of screenings conducted under
responsibility of the Institute is part of our service to health
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