The Eye Scheme
The British Veterinary Association (BVA), Kennel Club (KC), and the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) all work together to provide a pre breeding screening programme for hereditary eye diseases in dogs.
The BVA/KC/ISDS eye testing scheme is a way of identifying both inherited and non inherited ocular conditions in dogs. Most dogs presented at the clinic for eye testing are pedigree dogs with known inherited diseases of the eye (see schedule A & B below), but all breeds of dogs including cross bred dogs can be examined under the scheme (e.g Labradoodle = Labrador X Poodle – both breeds are on schedule A & B for hereditary eye diseases, so would need to be screened for both breeds). This reassures responsible breeders that the dogs they are using for breeding have healthy eyes, as many of the conditions are sight threatening.
There is a list of BVA appointed eye panellists who can issue certificates under the Scheme, we have 3 panellists at EVC – Christine Heinrich, John Mould and Rachael Grundon. We can carry out the eye testing at our clinic in Leominster on most days and at all of our outclinics. You can telephone us directly for an appointment for this – no referral is needed.
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