Help With Cleft Palate/Lip Research


I am writing to request your assistance for a research study to investigate the incidence of orofacial clefts (cleft lip, cleft palate, or both) at birth in various breeds of dogs. This study is being performed by professor Santiago Peralta, DVM, DAVDC, and other colleagues in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

We would like to anonymously survey breeders to determine how many live births of dogs with cleft lip or palate occurred in their breeding programs over a 12-month period. We are asking breed parent clubs and associated foundations for help distributing the survey and encouraging breeders to participate.

Here is a link to the survey: CLICK HERE

Please let me know if you are interested in participating or if you have any questions. Dr. Peralta can be contacted via email at

Thank you very much for your attention. My collaborators and I all look forward to working with you.

Best regards,

Nicholas Roman, MA
DVM Candidate
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
(630) 843-1438