Oxford Animal Hospital Team Joins Nationwide Effort to Improve Health of Dogs

By January 25, 2017 No Comments

Dr. Maasen at Oxford Animal Hospital is participating in Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Lifetime Health Project, a nationwide online community of dog owners willing to participate in studies to learn how to better prevent and treat major diseases affecting dogs. The first study conducted under the Canine Lifetime Health Project is the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken for dogs.

“We are committed to helping advance veterinary medicine for the benefit of companion animals, and participation in this study is just one example of that commitment. We have one client and one employee that have enrolled their dogs in the study. We joined the study with great enthusiasm knowing that Dr. Burd, our predecessor and lover of Golden Retrievers, is smiling down on us,” said Dr. Maasen.

Morris Animal Foundation has enrolled 3,000 Golden Retrievers under 2 years of age in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, which will last 10 to 14 years. Although restricted to Golden Retrievers, results from this study will benefit all dogs.

According to Dr. Michael Guy, director of the Canine Lifetime Health Project, “Morris Animal Foundation would not be able to complete this study without the participation of dedicated veterinarians and their clinic staff.”

Join the Canine Lifetime Health Project and learn more about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study at

Meet Auggie Jr.

Woof (Hi)! My name is Augustus Jr., but you can call me Auggie. Have you heard about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study? It’s going to be life changing for us canines! I wanted to be part of this incredible doggie health study for a few reasons. First, I adore my sister Maggie and if I can help save doggies like her in the future…count me in! Also, I know how important this would have been to the most wonderful breeder/vet a pup could ask for, Dr. Burd. He was as passionate about Goldens and animal welfare as I am about my sister. Dr. Maasen volunteered to hold my paw as we navigate the study requirements together…she’s the best! We pups owe a huge thank you to her and Oxford’s fur-tastic staff for dedicating their time, energy, and resources to this study to improve our health!