Chiari Malformation/ Syringomyelia (CM/SM) Scheme

Syringomyelia (SM) is a neurological condition most often seen in the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. The condition is often attributed to Chiari-like malformation (CM) and is characterised by the development of one or more fluid filled cavities within the parenchyma of the spinal cord due to abnormal flow of cerebrospinal fluid.

The purpose of the BVA/KC CM/SM Scheme is to reduce or eliminate the incidence of inherited CM and SM in dogs.

Please read the CM/SM Scheme Procedure Notes for helpful instructions on using the Scheme.

Item Cost ex VAT per dog Cost inc VAT
Cost per dog £83.33 £100
Re-grading under appeal £83.33 £100
Copy of certificates £25 per copy £30 per copy

BVA/KC CM/SM Scheme Fund

BVA and The Kennel Club Charitable Trust have pledged up to £30,000 to support dog owners concerned about CM/SM. This funding will allow owners who had MRI scans taken before the start of the BVA/KC CM/SM Scheme in 2012 to have their scans accessed by the Scheme, and the results published for free - a process to the value of £100.

To participate in this offer, MRI scans must have been taken before January 2012 and they must be from Kennel Club registered dogs. Not all MRI scans may be suitable for assessment.

To find out more about the offer, email or call 020 7908 6380.

Publication of results

The names and results of Kennel Club registered dogs will be made available via the online Health Tests Results Finder tool on the Kennel Club website.

Related documents

All about chiari malformation/syringomyelia (available to order)

Suggested breeding recommendations

Centres that have submitted to the Scheme (59 KB PDF)

Breakdown of breeds submitted to the Scheme (PDF 329 KB)

More information

Visit for further information about syringomyelia and its management

The Kennel Club

Animal Health Trust