Welcome to the Joint Miniature Schnauzer Eye Fund (JMSEF)
Welcome to the Joint Miniature Schnauzer Eye Fund (JMSEF).
JMSEF was founded in 2002 by the UK’s three Breed Clubs (Miniature, Northern & Schnauzer), all of whom continue to enthusiastically support its aims and objectives. The JMSEF focuses our breed’s efforts in raising money to support research into inherited eye conditions in the breed: We are a “not-for-profit’ organisation. Donations & all proceeds of fund-raising, go directly to the Fund, which is governed by a legal constitution and publishes certified accounts annually.
The Fund can have up to six Fund trustees, representing its founder Clubs and a Secretary and Treasurer, (Sue McGrann). Our role encompasses contact with The Royal Kennel Club (RKC), Kennel Club Canine Genetics Centre (KCCGC) and British Veterinary Association’s Eye Panel, promoting and assisting collection of DNA samples from affected dogs as well as working with breeders and owners whose Mini has been tested as an ‘affected’ for one of these conditions.
JMSEF has already funded – or part-funded – research programmes into Congenital Hereditary Cataracts (CHC), Hereditary Cataracts (HC) and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (G-PRA). Work is ongoing in all these conditions but current research, by the KCGC, is focused on HC, exploring its potential connections with other conditions in the Miniature Schnauzer.