The Kennel Club has recently launched online reporting forms for
vets to report operations and caesarean sections carried out on
Kennel Club registered dogs, in order to make it easier to help the
Kennel Club monitor and improve dog health and welfare.
The new online reporting forms have been launched to simplify the
reporting process, making it easier for vets to submit information
that will ultimately help to improve the health of pedigree dogs,
as it provides information on breeding lines which may pass on
certain defects and helps to deter breeders from breeding from
animals with hereditary problems.
As part of registration with the Kennel Club, any operations which
alter the natural conformation of a dog registered with the Kennel
Club should be reported by the dog's owner or their vet. Owners who
wish to compete at Kennel Club licensed shows with dogs which have
undergone such operations must apply for permission to do so. Vets
and breeders are also asked to report caesareans as the Kennel Club
will not register a litter from a bitch that has already had two
Although many responsible owners and breeders, and some vets,
already report operations to the Kennel Club, this is not a uniform
practice and it is hoped that this new simpler way to do so will
help to ensure that we work more closely together in the
Veterinarians that are concerned about breaching confidentiality
can be reassured that when registering a litter with the Kennel
Club, breeders sign a declaration which means that the vet will
never be breaching confidentiality when reporting such operations.
The declaration says:
"I/we confirm and agree that any veterinary surgery performing a
caesarean section and/or operation on any of my/our dogs in such a
way that the operation alters the natural conformation of the dog
or any part thereof may submit a report to the Kennel Club."
The declaration regarding the reporting of operations which change
natural conformation was made a condition of Kennel Club
registration in 1990 and caesareans were added to the declaration
Further information and the online reporting forms for vets can be
The BVA's guidance on veterinary reporting can be found here.