Eye Scheme

In this section you can find out more about the Eye Scheme

For over 30 years BVA has operated a hereditary eye disease screening programme in conjunction with the Kennel Club (KC) and the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS). The scheme now covers 11 hereditary eye conditions in over 50 breeds of dog.

The main purpose of the scheme is to ensure that there is no evidence of hereditary eye disease in dogs used for breeding. Breeders are often advised to submit dogs for annual eye tests, since some diseases have late onset of clinical signs.

It is also possible for litters to be tested for congenital hereditary conditions such as Collie eye anomaly and Multifocal retinal dysplasia when they are between six and twelve weeks of age.

There are 33 appointed eye panellists around the country who can issue official certificates.

Related documents

Other relevant documents are listed below.

 

Costs

Description Excluding VAT(£) per dog Including VAT(£) per dog
Routine Eye Examination  
1st dog £43.33 £52
2 to 25 dogs £38.33 £46
25 dogs or more £30 £36
Examination of dogs over 8 years of age £25.83 £31
Gonioscopy per dog
(no discount for more than one)
£43.33 £52
Gonioscopy at time of routine examination £38.33 £46
Litter Screening (5 to 12 weeks)  
1 to 3 puppies £25.83 £31 (per litter)
Per puppy for litters with more than 3 puppies £8.75 £10.50 (per puppy)
Duplicate copy of certificate £25.83 £31

Submissions

As from January 1st 2010 CHS certificates will only be issued if your dog has been permanently identified (microchip or tattoo). The permanent identification will be verified before the eye or radiography examination takes place. So from this date identification and registration documents are both required for CHS certification.

Publication of results

Eye Scheme results are only published where a specific condition is known to be inherited and certified as such.

The Kennel Club is responsible for publishing eye results for all pedigree dogs in the Kennel Club Breed Records Supplement and on progeny registration certificates.

Information for panellists

Information for panellists  - the information given here contains references to accompany the above In Practice article and provides fuller background information. Please note, this document may not be completely up to date, if members wish to provide additional references contact s.m.crispin@bristol.ac.uk