Find a health testing clinic

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Health testing clinics offer health screening or DNA testing at events organised by breed clubs and veterinary associations.

If you're not sure which health screening schemes apply to your breed you can find out more information in the health section of our Breeds A-Z.

Please note these clinics are conditional on COVID-19 government restrictions and will be continually reviewed.

To submit any information regarding an upcoming health testing clinic, please email

Health (The Kennel Club) .

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Eye testing clinics

Available dates
Date of clinic Location Regional Assessor 
25 January 2022 Whitchurch
Lorna Newman 
Book an appointment
4 February 2022 Queen Mother hospital, Potters Bar
Christiane
Kafarnik 01707 666399
6 February 2022 Newmarket James Oliver
8 February 2022 The Barn, Sandy lane, Fillongley, Warwickshire, CV7 8DD Lorna Newman

For more information please email Dorothy Walls-Duffin  
18 February 2022 Queen Mother hospital, Potter Bar Christiane Kafarnik 
01707 666399
19 February 2022 Pontnewynydd Cricket Club, NP4 6RP Claudia Hartley, BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO FRCVS

For more information please email  Pontypool & District Canine Society
20 February 2022 Bridestowe Village Hall, Okehampton, Devon EX20 4EW Claudia Hartley is the eye panellist.

For more information, please email Mike John .
24 February 2022 Chichester Ian Mason
To book an appointment, please call Julie on 01243 641114
27 February 2022 Forfar Tony Wall
01307 820338
28 February 2022 Forfar Tony Wall
01307 820338
30 April 2022 Pontnewynydd Cricket Club, NP4 6RP  

Heart scheme clinics for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Available dates
Date of clinic Location Regional assessor
None yet available   

 

 

Respiratory Function Grading Scheme clinics

Available dates
Date of clinic Location Regional Assessor 
29 January 2022 18 Sandbeds Road, Willenhall, Wolverhampton, WV12 4EY
Laura Hamilton
13 February 2022 Bretford Village Hall, Brandon Road, Bretford, Rugby, CV23 0JZ For more information please visit the Phoenix French Bulldog rescue website.

 

Breed club run health clinics

Available dates
Date and type of clinic Location Find out more
8 February 2022 The Barn, Sandy lane, Fillongley, Warwickshire, CV7 8DD

Lorna Newman

For more information, please email Dorothy Walls-Duffin

19 February 2022 Pontnewynydd Cricket Club, NP4 6RP

Claudia Hartley, BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO FRCVS
For more information, please email

Pontypool & District Canine Society

 

13 February 2022 Bretford Village Hall, Brandon Road, Bretford, Rugby, CV23 0JZ

For more information please visit the Phoenix French Bulldog rescue website.

30 April 2022 Pontnewynydd Cricket Club, NP4 6RP

Claudia Hartley, BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO FRCVS

For more information, please email

Pontypool & District Canine Society

 

 

Health seminars

Available dates
Date Seminar location How to book
15 May 2022 Hip/elbow dysplasia and the use of estimated breeding values (EBVs) – Dr Joanna Ilska, Kennel Club Genetics & Research Manager.

Bloat/ gastric torsion - Professor Mark Dunning, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Nottingham.

Following by a grooming demonstration.
Nether Whitacre Village Hall, Birmingham To book please email Claire Helen Merrion or phone 01480 466352.
Tickets are £20 and includes a buffet lunch

 

Kennel Club multi-breed health screening clinics

Information and dates
We've organised a number of multi-breed health screening days to be held at The Kennel Club building in Stoneleigh, offering a range of scheme assessments, to help you health test your dog prior to breeding. Appointments will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can request an appointment for any one of listed screening schemes by completing an online health clinics form.

Dates: None currently available

The Kennel Club and University of Cambridge Respiratory Function Grading Scheme assessments - £40
Approved regional assessor Susanne Seffer will be available to carry out respiratory function grading assessments for your French bulldogs, Bulldogs and Pugs.

The respiratory function grading scheme assesses Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs for a breathing problem known as BOAS (Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome).

The assessment will advise you if your dog is affected by BOAS and will provide breeders with guidance on how to lower the risk of producing puppies affected with BOAS.

What happens during the assessment?

Please note that your dog must be over 12 month of age to be eligible for this assessment.

During the assessment your dog will be assessed by the vet who will initially use a stethoscope to listen to your dog’s breathing while they are calm and relaxed. Your dog will then be encouraged to move around an exercise area at a quick pace for 3 minutes, either by the vet or yourself. The vet will then listen to your dog’s breathing again and will use a list of criteria to give your dog a respiratory function grade.

Read more about the assessment, breeding advice and the respiratory function grading scheme.

How to book

Dates available: 15 November.

Click here to request an appointment for a respiratory function grading assessment for your French Bulldog, Pug or Bulldog.

The Kennel Club Heart Scheme assessments for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels - £70
Cardiologist Dr Dave Fisher BVetMed CertSAC CertSAM MRCVS will be available to carry out heart scheme assessments for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

The Kennel Club Heart Scheme assesses Cavalier King Charles Spaniels for mitral valve disease and other potentially significant heart disease.

The assessment will advise you if your dog is affected by heart disease and will give breeders guidance on how to lower the risk of producing puppies affected with heart disease.

What happens during the assessment?

Please note that your dog must be over 18 month of age to be eligible for this assessment.

The cardiologist will use two non-invasive techniques to check your dog’s heart. The cardiologist will begin by using a stethoscope to listen to your dog’s heart for signs of a heart murmur. They will use their findings to give your dog a murmur grade. After this they will use an echocardiogram to scan your dog’s heart valves and give a mitral valve prolapse grade. The cardiologist will then discuss your dog’s grading with you and explain the schemes breeding advice.

Find out more about the assessment, breeding advice and the heart scheme.

How to book

Dates available: 15 November.

Request a heart screening appointment for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme examinations - £45
Ophthalmologist Lorna Newman BVM&S CertVOphthal MRCVS will be available to carry out routine eye examinations on your dog. This examination is available for all breeds.

The eye scheme offers breeders the opportunity to screen for inherited eye disease by examination of the eye. Breeders can use the information obtained from the examination to eliminate or reduce the frequency of eye disease being passed on to puppies.

What happens during the assessment?

The vet will first administer drops into your dog’s eye to dilate the pupil and ensure it stays wide during the examination to allow the vet to examine structures inside the eye (for example lens and retina). Once the drops have taken effect, the vet will then examine your dog’s eyes with an ophthalmoscope in a dark room.

Find out more information on the eye scheme and inherited eye disease.

How to book

Dates available: 15 November.

Request an eye scheme examination appointment for your dog.

Have any questions or need advice?
The health team at The Kennel Club can answer any questions that you may have about the range of screening schemes available at the clinics, how they work, the potential outcomes and can also give advice on how you might wish to apply this knowledge when choosing to breed your dogs. For further information please email Health (The Kennel Club)