Canine Health Schemes

Canine Health Schemes update

Veterinary services

As lockdown restrictions across the UK ease, veterinary practices are beginning to transition towards providing a more normal range of services.

Although roadmaps out of lockdown have been issued across the nations of the UK, this does not mean that practices will be returning to offering a normal range of services straight away.

Each veterinary practice will be making this transition at their own pace, based on their available resources and the extent to which they can adapt their workplace or working practices in accordance with national and devolved legislation and local guidance.

Wherever you are based, please always call your veterinary practice first to arrange the best approach to meet your pet’s needs at this time.

For more information, please visit our coronavirus information hub.

Eye Scheme 

CHS Eye Panellists are able to offer eye screenings as long as government guidance on working safely, practice policies, and any local restrictions are adhered to.

CHS Eye Panellists currently offering eye screenings.

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

The CHS team are processing and scoring hip and elbow submissions as follows:

Processing and scoring 

We are processing submissions in date received order and allocating them to one of our regular scoring sessions. We have now cleared the backlog caused by the Covid lockdown restrictions and currently have a one to two week turnaround time.

We are not fast-tracking submissions or giving preferential treatment to any practices or breed clubs.

Turnaround times

We currently have a one to two week turnaround. We are unable to fast-track any submissions.


We are unable to take payment until we have received the submission, so please wait for a few days 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 of the veterinary practice

Contacting us

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 of your vet practice. The team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Posting of certificates (for vets)

The team aim to fulfil blank hip and elbow certificate requests as soon as possible. Please give the team at least 10 days’ notice if certificates are required urgently.

Covid-19 guidance

For the latest guidance and advice on Covid-19, please visit the BVA Coronavirus information hub.

Contact us

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.

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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 schemes

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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The Puppy Contract

You can use The Puppy Contract, developed by the Animal Welfare Foundation and the RSPCA, to help you ask all the right questions, including questions about health testing, when buying a puppy.

The Puppy Contract

The Assured Breeder Scheme

The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme promotes good breeding practice and aims to work together with breeders and buyers to force irresponsible breeders, or puppy farmers, out of business.

Assured Breeder Scheme