The British Veterinary Association (BVA) operates a hereditary eye disease screening programme in conjunction with the Kennel Club (KC) and the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS). The purpose of the scheme is to ensure that there is no evidence of hereditary eye disease in dogs used for breeding. The optimal age for eye testing varies from breed to breed and information on this can be obtained by contacting the main surgery. The scheme covers eleven hereditary eye conditions in over fifty breeds of dog. Litters can be tested for congenital hereditary conditions between six and 12 weeks of age.
Eye test procedure:
- Telephone the surgery to arrange an appointment – allow plenty notice, eye test appointments are only available two mornings per month.
- Before their appointment, adult dogs must be permanently identified with a microchip; all dogs including puppies must be microchipped as required by law.
- The KC or ISDS owner registration certificate must be taken to the appointment, this will be stamped and signed to state an eye test has been carried out
- Eye drops are administered into the eyes to dilate the pupils which will take approximately 15 minutes to take effect. An ocular examination will then follow.
- Results are provided at the end of the examination and you will receive a Certificate of Eye Examination.
- results are sent to the KC/ISDS to be included on their database.
- No sedation or anaesthetic is required and you stay with your dog/bitch throughout the examination.
Eye tests are performed by Malcolm Davidson BVM&S CertVOphthal MRCVS who is an appointed British Veterinary Association eye panellist.