Health testing & Screening during Covid-19

Last updated: 6th July 2020

All responsible breeders registering puppies with the Kennel Club want to ensure that health is a priority in every litter and therefore make sure that the recommended health testing and screening for their breed is in place prior to mating. Health testing and screening enables responsible choices to be made when selecting a mate and importantly ensures the likelihood of puppies produced from any potential mating having the best chance of living a happy, healthy life.

During this pandemic, many planned sessions to health test or screen your dog have had to be postponed or cancelled. To support you in making alternative arrangements and adhering to government advice and best practice at all times, the Kennel Club has provided an update on each area below and will support you in getting your dog tested or screened when this is possible in line with government advice. We want to continue to encourage health testing and screening as an essential part of responsible breeding whilst keeping you and your dogs safe at this challenging time. If you have any questions or concerns relating to canine health and welfare, please contact health@thekennelclub.org.uk

Hips & Elbows - KC/BVA Hip & Elbow Dysplasia Scheme

In line with the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK, many veterinary practices are beginning to offer additional services which can be conducted in accordance with government guidance. These decisions are dependent on individual practice factors such as staffing levels, as well as the vets’ professional and clinical judgement, and we kindly ask for you to respect your vet’s clinical and professional judgement.

CHS are now able to accept and process hip and elbow dysplasia submissions and will be holding weekly scoring and grading sessions from Wednesday 8th July.

Eyes - KC/BVA/ISDS Eye Scheme

As a result of the easing in restrictions, some Eye Panellists have restarted offering CHS eye screenings within a clinic setting. We ask for you to respect the ophthalmologist’s clinical and professional judgement and be patient during this time.

CHS Eye Panellists offering eye screenings from 7 June 2020.

Unfortunately, group eye screenings are currently unable to take place due to social distancing requirements. Guidance to support these in the future will be published soon.

To support you in getting your dog tested we have organised a number of multi-breed health screening days which are being held in late 2020 and early 2021. Appointments are being looked on a first come, first served basis and can be booked now via our online shop. Click here for more information.


 

Note to ABS members of requirements & recommendations:

In light of the developments relating to Covid-19, the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme recognises that, in some cases, health testing may be impacted. If this is likely to affect you and your breeding plans, you will be required to contact the ABS team prior to the date of mating via email on abs@thekennelclub.org.uk.

With regard to DNA testing, only some DNA testing will be impacted and so you should check with the DNA test provider and wherever possible this should be in place at point of registration as per requirements and recommendations.

*Timelines are provided as a guide only and may be subject to revision, in accordance with government advice and guidelines.

DNA Testing (All conditions)

We anticipate that only some DNA testing will be impacted during this period. Many breeds are recommended to have DNA testing for a number of conditions, including eye conditions. To find your breed bundle or for more information on the DNA tests that the Kennel Club recommends for your breed, please use the links provided below:

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/breed/Default.aspx

www.thekennelclubshop.org.uk/products/combibreed-health-test-packages

Please be aware of the latest update from the Animal Health Trust with regard to DNA testing services. https://www.ahtdnatesting.co.uk/.

Hearing testing (BAER)

In line with the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK, some clinicians are starting to offer BAER testing as long as government guidance can be adhered to. These decisions are dependent on individual practices and clinicians and we kindly ask for you to respect your clinicians decision. For more information on appointments or to speak to a BAER provider for advice, please see provider details below:

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-breeders/breeding-advice/deafness-baer-testing/

Heart Testing

Under certain circumstances some heart testing clinics are offering their services, however, these decisions are dependent on individual practices and clinicians and we kindly ask for you to respect the cardiologists decision. Please click here to see a list of regional cardiologist.

To support you in getting your dog tested we have organised a number of multi-breed health screening days which are being held in late 2020 and early 2012. Appointments are being looked on a first come, first served basis and can be booked now via our online shop. Click here for more information.

For advice on heart testing, or for those with concerns, the Kennel Club is happy to support contact with a Veterinary Cardiovascular Society cardiologist for support, advice or to book a future heart testing session. Enquiries should be emailed to health@thekennelclub.org.uk

Kennel Club/University of Cambridge Respiratory Function Grading Scheme (BOAS)

Regional approved assessor are now able to offer assessments as long as government guidance on working safely, practice polices, and any local restrictions are adhered to. Please bear in mind, that this decisions is down to the individual assessor and we kindly ask for you to respect their decision. Click here to find a list of regional approved assessors.

To support you in getting your dog tested we have organised a number of multi-breed health screening days which are being held in late 2020 and early 2012. Appointments are being looked on a first come, first served basis and can be booked now via our online shop. Click here for more information.

Please be aware of advice and guidance on BOAS and information that supports the scheme and please contact the Kennel Club and not individual regional approved assessors with any queries or concerns at health@thekennelclub.org.uk.

What can you continue to do for dog health?

Whilst health testing and screening is difficult during this period you can still help support your breed and contribute valuable information and data by completing our online health surveys here. Health surveys enable the Kennel Club to gather data on specific conditions and the overall health of a breed. This helps us in supporting health research projects, communicating with owners in regard to the health of your breed, prioritising Kennel Club funding and resources to support tackling health problems and to work with other organisations who are looking to make an improvement in dog health.

Please check back here regularly for updates and to see if we have added a health survey for your breed or conditions that may affect your breed.

Your contribution to the improvement in dog health is really important and it is the small actions that will make a big difference for dogs.

We thank you all for your patience and we want you to know that we are here to support you. To keep up to date with our guidance on Covid-19, please click here.

Please note breed specific updates below:

Cancelled

Saluki – 2020 all health testing cancelled

Postponed/Dates for Diary 

Dobermann – 10/10/2020 Welsh Dobermann show DCM biomarker testing

Flatcoated Retriever – 12/07/2020 health seminar

Golden Retriever – all 2020 health testing postponed

Keeshond – 18/04/2020 eye testing session postponed to April 2021

Mastiff – 10/10/2020 health seminar

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