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Inherited disorders
Selective breeding of non-traditional companion animals
  1. Michael Stanford
  1. President, BVZS, Pool House, Pool Lane, Tarvin, Cheshire CH3 8JY
  1. e-mail: mstanford{at}

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HEREDITARY defects and excessive interbreeding have been well-known problems affecting the welfare of traditional companion animals and the subject of significant media attention recently. The British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) considers that lessons should be learned from this experience as contemporary husbandry and scientific advances have led to significant success in the captive breeding of non-traditional companion animals (NTCAs), predominately in the avian and herpetological arenas. The BVZS welcomes this advance as the vast majority of NTCA species in the Convention on …

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