In 2014, the Wellsboro Small Animal Hospital and Veterinary Medical Center became a part of the Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study when Adrian M. Carlin, VMD and Mary C. Mehler, DVM become the veterinarians of records with the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.  

This study is a groundbreaking effort to learn how to better prevent cancer and other diseases in dogs. It is the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken for dogs and has enrolled up to 3,000 Golden Retrievers (each one being referred to as a Hero) that will be observed and followed throughout their lifetime (anywhere from 10 to 14 years). Although restricted to Golden Retrievers, results from this study will benefit all dogs.  The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study will hopefully shed some light on risk factors in the development of cancer and other disease.

Did you know...

  • Approximately half of the 70 million dogs that live in the United States over the age of 10 will die from cancer.
  • Sixty percent (60%) of Golden Retrievers will die of cancer.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over 2 years of age.      

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is part of Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Lifetime Health Project; a nationwide online community of dog owners willing to participate in clinical studies to learn how to better prevent and treat major diseases affecting dogs. Join the Canine Lifetime Health Project and learn more about the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study at