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.

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

Multi-breed health screening clinics

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: 6 September, 15 November.

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.

Assessments available on the day

The Kennel Club and University of Cambridge Respiratory Function Grading Scheme assessments - £40
Approved regional assessor Dr Dinu Catilina DVM CertAVP(GSAS) MRCVS 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: 6 September, 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: 6 September, 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: 6 September, 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)

 

Find an eye testing clinic

Available dates
Date of clinic Location Regional Assessor 
6 September The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Lorna Newman (see multi-breed screening clinics at the top of the page for more details)
13 August  The International Agility Festival (IAF), at Rutland Showground, Burley Park Way, Oakham, LE15 6US Lorna Newman.
For more information please email  Health (The Kennel Club)
22 August (Pugs only) Grenoside Community Centre Main St, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8PR For booking information please contact  Julia Ashton
7 November (Pugs only) Grenoside Community Centre Main St, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8PR For booking information please contact  Julia Ashton
15 November The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Lorna Newman (see multi-breed screening clinics at the top of the page for more details)
16 October
(Shih Tzus only)
Rowley Regis Learning Campus, West Midlands Lorna Newman BVM&S CertVOpthal MRCVS

Find out more information by emailing the shih Tzu breed health co-ordinator.

Find a heart scheme clinic for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Date of clinic Location Regional Assessor 
6 September The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Dave Fisher(see multi-breed screening clinics at the top of the page for more details)
15 November The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Dave Fisher (see multi-breed screening clinics at the top of the page for more details)

Find a Respiratory Function Grading Scheme clinic

Available dates
Date of clinic Location Regional Assessor 
6 September The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Dr Dinu Catilina (see multi-breed screening clinics at the top of the page for more details)
22 August (Pugs only) Grenoside Community Centre Main St, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8PR For booking information please contact Julia Ashton .
Jane Ladlow is the regional assessor
7 November (Pugs only) Grenoside Community Centre Main St, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8PR For booking information please contact Julia Ashton . Jane Ladlow is the regional assessor
15 November The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Dr Dinu Catilina (see multi-breed screening clinics at the top of the page for more details)

 

 

 

Breed club run health clinics

Available dates
Date and type of clinic Location Find out more
22 August (Pugs only -respiratory function grading screening and eye screening) Grenoside Community Centre Main St, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8PR

For booking information please contact   Julia Ashton
7 November (Pugs only - respiratory function grading screening and eye screening) Grenoside Community Centre Main St, Grenoside, Sheffield S35 8PR

For booking information please contact

Julia Ashton