Changes to the Canine Health Schemes

With the recent launch of online submissions for the Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Canine Health Schemes (CHS), Chief Scrutineer – Dr Jerry Davies – discusses the importance of the schemes and how the new online submissions process will benefit you and the health and welfare of dogs:

Canine Health Schemes

There are four essential health screening schemes; Hip Dysplasia Scheme, Elbow Dysplasia Scheme, Eye Scheme and Chiari Malformation Syringomyelia Scheme.

Our mission is to improve dog health and welfare by reducing the incidence and severity of inherited diseases. Together with the with the British Veterinary Association and the Kennel Club, we aim to:

  • Enable breeders to make informed decisions
  • Educate the public on the importance of health testing
  • Support the veterinary profession in dog health screening
  • Contribute to research projects with a focus on dog health and welfare

I joined CHS in 1990 as a member of their expert panel of Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Scrutineers. CHS have been screening for Hip Dysplasia in dogs since 1975 and Elbow Dysplasia since 1997. I have scored more than 84,000 dogs and while our data shows a reduction in the incidence and severity of the two conditions in breeds that have a high number of submissions, (clearly demonstrating that responsible breeding supported by testing can aid in reducing inherited disease), there is still a lot of work to do.

Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia have been identified as significant problems in many breeds, with potentially debilitating conditions that seriously compromise the health, welfare and behaviour of dogs.  

It is, therefore, important for anyone thinking about breeding from their dog, to use the relevant Canine Health Schemes.

Online submissions

To ensure that you get your results as fast as possible we have launched online submissions for the Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes, allowing your vet to submit all the reverent information online.

The benefits of online submissions

15% discount for Assured Breeders

Assured Breeders will receive a 15% discount on Hip and Elbow Dysplasia submissions made via the new online system.

Time saving

The submission process allows your vet to complete all the submission information online ensuring the information is received by the CHS team in a timely manner, meaning you will receive your results more quickly and that the results will be published on the Kennel Club website sooner.

The faster turnaround time may also allow you to make decisions about your breeding programme sooner.  

Data collection

Data can be more efficiently collected to create breed statistics and Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).  This data can also contribute towards research on dog health and welfare.

Track submissions

Your vet will now be able to track the progress of your submission, allowing you to find out what stage your submission is at.

To ensure you are receiving the above benefits, ask your vet to make the submission online when using the Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Canine Health Schemes.  


This blog was written by Dr Jerry Davies, CHS Chief Scrutineer:

Dr Jerry V. Davies BVetMed PhD DVR DipECVS DipECVDI FRCVS

Jerry graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 1974 and then spent 12 years in the Department of Surgery as houseman, Lecturer in Veterinary Radiology and latterly Senior Lecturer in Surgery.  He is a Diplomate of the European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.  Jerry has been working in private small animal referral practice since 1990, establishing Davies Veterinary Specialists (DVS) in 1998. He now Chairs the Board of DVS, which is a large, single site, specialist practice and works part time as a radiologist. In 2004 he was recipient of the BSAVA Simon Award for outstanding contributions to Small Animal Surgery.  Jerry has served the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as Chair of PIC, Treasurer and President.  Outside work, Jerry is married to Olivia and has two daughters.  They enjoy canal boating and the North Norfolk coast whenever they get the chance!

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