14 Jul 2020 | Animal welfare
Canine Health Schemes
Canine Health Schemes update
In line with the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK, BVA are advising that veterinary practices can begin transitioning towards as full a range of veterinary services as possible in a safe manner. This will be dependent on individual practice factors such as staffing levels, as well as the vets’ professional and clinical judgement, and we would urge all owners to respect their vet’s decision. This means some Eye Panellists are now offering CHS eye screenings as long as government guidance on working safely, practice polices, and any local restrictions are adhered to.
We are asking all animal owners and breeders to respect their vets’ clinical and professional judgement and be patient during this time.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes
In line with the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK, BVA are advising that veterinary practices can begin transitioning towards as full a range of veterinary services as possible in a safe manner. This will be dependent on individual practice factors such as staffing levels, as well as the vets’ professional and clinical judgement, and we would urge all owners to respect their vet’s decision.
We are aware that not all practices will be able to offer this service straight away due to factors such as staffing levels and social distancing, so we’re urging all owners and breeders to respect their vet’s clinical and professional judgement and be patient during this time.
We are processing and scoring weekly by date received order and currently have an approximate turnaround time of about 12 weeks. We regret that we're unable to fast-track any submissions.
We are unable to take payment until we have received the submission, so please wait for at least two weeks before calling to make payment.
To make a payment by card for postal submissions, please call the office on 020 7908 6380 (please note that this line is for payments only).
When calling please provide us with the following information:
- Date of radiography
- Kennel Club/microchip number
- name and address of the veterinary practice
For all non-payment related enquiries, please email [email protected] and if possible include the dog’s Kennel Club or microchip number, date of radiography, and the name and address of your vet practice. The team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Post of certificates (for vets)
The team aim to fulfil all hip and elbow certificate requests as soon as possible. Please give the team at 10 days notice if certificates are required urgently.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in these exceptional circumstances.
For the latest guidance and advice on Covid-19, please visit the BVA Coronavirus information hub.
For CHS payments, please call 020 7908 6380 (please note, this line is for payments only).
For all other CHS enquiries, please email [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Dog health screening schemes
The Canine Health Schemes (CHS), established by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club, works with expert veterinary surgeons to offer dog health screening schemes for a number of known hereditary conditions in order to improve dog health and welfare.
The schemes allow breeders to screen their dogs for a range of inherited diseases, helping them to make informed and responsible breeding decisions.
Over 11,000 dogs had their hips scored in 2018
Over 6,000 dogs had their elbows graded in 2018
Over 20,000 dogs had eye examinations in 2018
Our mission is to improve dog health and welfare by reducing the incidence and severity of inherited disease.The schemes are open to both pedigree and crossbred dogs and submissions from outside the UK are welcome.
Healthy dogs create healthy puppies
All pedigree and crossbred dogs can suffer from inherited diseases which are passed on from parent to puppy.
Health testing and screening allows owners and breeders to screen for inherited diseases, the results can then be used to help make sure that only healthy dogs are bred from. Responsible breeders should always health test the dogs they plan to use for breeding. To make sure you are buying a happy and health puppy, always ask to see the relevant health test results for both parents.
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