Canine Health Scheme appeals procedures

In this section:

Appeals to the Hip and Elbow Schemes

An owner has a right to appeal with regards to the results of a hip dysplasia score and/or elbow dysplasia grade. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Any application for appeal against the result of a hip score or elbow grade must be lodged by the owner to the submitting veterinary surgeon within 45 days from the date of dispatch from CHS. The Veterinary Surgeon will then need to contact the Canine Health Schemes team at chs@bva.co.uk for further advice and commence the appeals procedure.
  2. The original radiograph will be re-scored/ re-graded by a further pair of scrutineers and then by the Chief Scrutineer, whose decision will be final, and the new results will be relayed in the normal way. The original certificate against which the appeal was made will be retained by CHS. N.B. the first result may have already been submitted to the Kennel Club for publication before the second result is received but in this case will be replaced by the final result.

Appeals to the Eye Scheme

Litter screening appeals

Any appeal against the results of litter screening must be notified to CHS and/or the Chief Panellist as soon as possible so that suitable arrangements may be made for the whole litter to be re-examined before the puppies reach 12 weeks of age. No appeal will be granted unless all the puppies are re-examined on the same occasion and the puppies are less than 12 weeks of age.

Eye examination appeals

Any appeal against the results of an eye examination must be lodged with the CHS within 30 days of the examination. You can contact CHS by emailĀ  chs@bva.co.uk.

The owner may then take the dog, together with the certificate issued by the first panellist, for examination by the Chief Panellist or a panellist from the Eye Panel Working Party. The second panellist will charge the normal fee. If the second panellist agrees with the first panellist the appeal will be deemed to have failed and the second panellist will inform CHS accordingly. In such an event, no further appeal is possible.

The decision of the Chief Panellist at second examination is final, as also is the decision of a panellist from the Eye Panel Working Party acting in consultation with the Chief Panellist and provided that the Chief Panellist agrees with the findings reported. In all other circumstances, if the second panellist disagrees with the first panellist the dog shall be referred to the Chief Panellist for further examination without additional fee to the owner. The decision of the Chief Panellist will be final and the Chief Panellist will advise CHS of the result accordingly. Owners may choose to see the Chief Panellist as the second panellist once an appeal has been lodged with CHS. If so, the normal fee will be charged.

The final result of any appeal must be received by CHS within 90 days of examination, otherwise the first result may be sent to the Kennel Club and/or the International Sheep Dog Society for publication.

Appeals to the Chiari Malformation/ Syringomyelia Scheme

An owner has a right to appeal with regards to the results of a CM/SM assessment. The procedure shall be as follows:

  1. Any application for appeal against the result of a CM/SM assessment must be lodged by the owner with CHS within 45 days from the date of dispatch from CHS. You can contact CHS by emailĀ  chs@bva.co.uk. An appeal certificate (available to the submitting veterinary surgeon from CHS) must be completed within 30 days in a similar way to the original CM/SM certificate and submitted together with the re-grading fee (see Schedule 1). In the event of an appeal being lodged proof of posting will not constitute proof of receipt by CHS.
  2. The original MRI images will be re-assessed by the Chief Scrutineer, whose decision is final, and the new grading result will be relayed in the normal way (NB the first result may already have been submitted to the KC for publication before the second result is received). In any event, the final result will be sent to the Kennel Club for publication.
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