Following a seminar on copper toxicosis, jointly organised by the Animal Health Trust and
the Kennel Club, in June 2001, the Secretary of the National Bedlington Terrier Club wrote to the Kennel Club seeking their advice on the way forward.
The outcome of this was an offer from the Kennel Club to host a meeting where “Copper Toxicosis in Bedlington Terriers” would be the subject of discussion between KC/ AHT health representatives and delegates from the three Bedlington Terrier breed clubs. This meeting was held at the KC offices at Clarges Street in January 2002. A major outcome of this meeting was the suggestion that a breed health group, responsible to the three KC recognised breed clubs, should be formed.
To this end an initial meeting, chaired by Mrs Alice Emsley, the NBTC Secretary, was held at the Southern Counties Championship show in June 2002 where the format and basic ground rules pertaining to the health group were agreed.
A further meeting, again chaired by Mrs Emsley, was held at the Leeds Championship show in 2002,
in order to provisionally agree the Health Group representatives for the three clubs
The recommendations from the initial meetings were presented and agreed by the membership of the three breed clubs at their respective AGMs in 2003. The breed clubs also endorsed the proposed Constitution of the new Health Group. In addition, a recommendation was agreed that Mr John Holden be included as a member of the Health Group to represent the working Bedlington fraternity.