17 Dec 2020 | Companion animals
Canine Health Schemes
Canine Health Schemes update
Veterinary practices are now working within local, regional, and national lockdown measures and services will vary according to local rules. Practices are providing as full a range of services as possible, whilst working safely. This does not mean a return to pre-Covid 'business as usual' ways of working. Under the national lockdowns, practices are required to only deliver services that are essential for animal health and welfare now.
For more information, please visit our coronavirus information hub.
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.
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:
Due to the Coronavirus national lockdowns we have a backlog of submissions. We are processing submissions in date received order.
We are not fast-tracking submissions or giving preferential treatment to any practices or breed clubs.
We have restarted scoring sessions in January 2021 working safely within Covid restrictions. If your submission had been allocated to the cancelled session on 22 December, it will be reallocated to a session in January.
We are holding more frequent scoring sessions to catch up on the backlog and we’re also working on a sustainable remote scoring option so that the Schemes are not affected by any future national lockdowns.
We regret that we are currently unable to estimate turnaround times. The team is working hard to process submissions in order of date received and will allocate them to scoring sessions as soon as possible. We are unable to fast-track any submissions.
We recognise this is frustrating but we are asking all animal owners and breeders to respect our team and their vets' clinical and professional judgement and to be patient during this time. We will not tolerate abusive behaviour towards our staff.
We are unable to take payment until we have received the submission, so please wait for at least four 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 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 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.
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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