Noreen Clark

Noreen ClarkNOREEN CLARK grew up in Wallacia, then a dairying area west of Sydney, New South Wales. During her childhood she knew and admired many excellent working Cattle Dogs and her first dog was the pup of one of them.

Noreen trained first as a Librarian but eventually found this a rather limiting profession. She went on to take BA (Hons) and later MSc (Hons) in Geology from Macquarie University. She found life as a Geologist with the Geological Survey of New South Wales much more to her taste particularly when it involved petroleum exploration in the far northwest corner of the State.

Interest in obedience training drew Noreen into the pure bred dog world in the 1970s,when she acquired her first registered Australian Cattle Dog "Fang" - faithful companion during her degree fieldwork. Noreen bred her first ACD litter in 1982 under the Tirlta prefix. A pup from this litter was to become Aust Ch Tirlta Rexie.

Noreen soonNoreen bred her first ACD litter in 1982 under the Tirlta prefix. realised that she lacked the knowledge necessary to develop further as a dog breeder. She enrolled in the Dog Breeding Certificate offered by Canine Evaluators of Australasia and through it gained both a greater understanding of dog breeding (particularly of genetics) and the friendship of Dr Helen Hewson-Fruend.

A Dog Called Blue, was dedicated to Helen Hewson-Fruend. Quite unintentionally she started it all by inspiring an interest in tracking heritable disease (particularly prcd-PRA) in ACDs.  She gave her editorial experience to the book and contributed three important chapters.  She died in 2007.

From 1996, Noreen was in regular communication with Dr Greg Acland (Cornell University) and organised collection of DNA from Australian ACDs to support his research on prcd-PRA.

In 2001, Noreen's negotiations with OptiGen resulted in OptiGen establishing an agent laboratory in Australia, to facilitate DNA testing for Australian dog breeders.  She organised the first Australian OptiGen 20/20 Clinic, in 2002.  Noreen also established coat colour DNA testing with VetGen.

The development of the Internet during recent years has given us resoures that were not dreamed of in the 1990s when A Dog Called Blue was in progress. Exploration of these resources has made possible A Dog for the Job.

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