PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation

Dedicated to the Protection and Preservation of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.

What is the Health and Rescue Foundation?

The PBGV Health and Rescue Foundation (PBGVHRF) is separate from the PBGV Club of America. The Foundation is an independent organization, qualified by the IRS as a 501(c)3 corporation that can accept tax exempt donations. The PBGVHRF has been formed in large part to provide funding that will support the goals of the PBGV Club of America's Health Committee and the PBGVCA Rescue Committee. Specific objectives of the PBGVHRF are:

  1. To receive and administer funds for charitable, scientific or educational purposes through contributions from the general public.
  2. To promote, fund and perform research into the health, care and breeding of purebred Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens.
  3. To fund the rescue of PBGVs when they are neglected or endangered.
  4. To promote the proper care of purebred Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens through educational means.

The PBGV Health and Rescue Foundation Officers and Board of Directors are responsible for managing and directing all Foundation business. The PBGVHRF Board has developed an effective interface between the Health and Rescue Foundation and the PBGVCA. Procedures are in place, which provide direction for both fund raising and funds dispersal.

arrow PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation: DNA Reimbursement Form
arrow PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation 2019-2020 Eye Exam Reimbursement Program Click Here
arrow PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation Research Projects Click Here
arrow PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation By-Laws Click Here
arrow PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation Annual & Financial Reports Click Here
arrow PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation Meeting Minutes MEMBERS ONLY. Click Here
arrow PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation Newsletters. Click Here

Help support rescue, breed preservation, health & research...

Make a Donation

Tax exempt donations may be made to the PBGVHRF by using our online form where you can pay with major credit/debit cards or through a PayPal account. You do not need a PayPal account to use online form. Click Here for details.

Donation can be made via U.S. mail. Click here for donation form and send your donation to:

JoAnne Hacker, Treasurer
10832 NE Country Club Rd.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Leave a Lasting Legacy

Click Here for details and contact Peggy Evanich, evanichp@bellsouth.net and Laura Liscum, laura.liscum@tufts.edu

Donate Car, Truck, RV, Jet Ski or Snowmobile

To PBGV Health & Rescue Foundation and receive a tax deduction. This no cost, no hassle process begins when you contact our fund raising partner, Donation Line LLC, at 1-877-227-7487. Make sure to tell Donation Line that you want your contribution to go to the PBGV Health and Rescue Foundation. Or you can click here, to donate used vehicle to PBGV H&R Foundation.

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Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG)


Glaucoma is a painful and blinding disease associated with high pressure in the eye due to a build-up of fluid.

Primary glaucoma is an inherited condition and is sub-divided into two types: open (POAG) and closed (PCAG) angle glaucoma. In both forms, glaucoma results from reduced drainage of fluid within the eye, causing a build-up of pressure which, in turn, leads to pain and blindness. For closed angle glaucoma a screening technique called gonioscopy can identify dogs at risk.


After several years of work using DNA samples provided by many supportive owners and breeders, the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in the United Kingdom (UK) has identified the mutation that causes POAG in the PBGV.


Viv Phillips, BGVC explains the benefit of knowing whether your dog is a carrier by saying, "For example, a clear dog mated to a carrier or affected PBGV would, at worst, produce carriers. If these dogs are never to be used for breeding the test is not as significant. If parents are clear their progeny would be hereditarily clear and therefore there would be no need to test.

"Two carriers producing progeny would produce carriers but could also produce affected, and therefore all progeny must be tested.

"Once tested, with the exception of affected hounds, there would be no need for these PBGVs to take any further eye tests. Then, hopefully, a very small minority of affected dogs would need regular pressure testing on at least an annual basis.


With the discovery of the POAG gene mutation in PBGVs and development of a diagnostic cheek swab test, we are now in the position to make a dramatic difference in the health of our beloved breed. We can eliminate glaucoma!

In order for this to become a reality, two key things need to happen;

  1. First, we must test our dogs, and
  2. Second, we must enter the test results into the OFA open database.

Since the closure of the Animal Health Test facility, following are a testing labs.

Animal DNA Diagnostics Ltd

William James House
Cowley Road
POAG - Primary Open Angle Glaucoma for £48.00


Sample Reception, CDEVQ
Diagnostic Services
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Montreal, 3220 Sicotte Street
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada J2S 2M2
FORM Click Here
Click Here for Fees

Wisdom Panel Premium

This tests for POAG in the PBGV along with many other genetic conditions that are not relevant to PBGVs. To see the long list of what the premium panel test includes Click Here
Wisdom Panel Premium Order Form Click Here
The Premium test is $160.

Both of these steps are essential if we are to eradicate this painful blinding disease from the breed. Of course, this will not happen overnight, but it has to start now.

arrow Reprint of a November 2011 article written by Dr. Cathryn Mellersh, Head of Canine Genetics at the Animal Health Trust on genetic basics when breeding with a known inherited disorder such as POAG. "Should We Breed With Carriers?" Click Here


OFA Open Database: Once you receive test results, complete the OFA Application for DNA Based Genetic Database, Click Here and submit the form to OFA along with a copy of the AHT POAG results. Once OFA receives the results you will receive a confirmation from OFA. Owners submitting results will incur a fee as indicated on the form.

To stimulate this process, the PBGV Health and Rescue Foundation will reimburse $40.00 per dog to PBGVCA Club members who test their dogs and submit the results to the OFA database. In addition PBGV owners who reside in North America but who are not club members are also eligible for the reimbursement. To request the reimbursement, send a copy of the OFA confirmation by mail or email to the Foundation Treasurer: JoAnne Hacker, 10832 N.E. Country Club Rd., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2337, jah10832@gmail.com.


  • More information will be available on Test Kit
  • Enter test result in OFA open database: Complete Application for DNA Based Genetic Database Click Here
  • Get Foundation reimbursement: Send copy of OFA confirmation by mail or email to: Foundation Treasurer: JoAnne Hacker, 10832 N.E. Country Club Rd., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110-2337, jah10832@gmail.com.