Multi-breed health screening clinics

We have organised a number of multi-breed health screening days that offer a range of health scheme assessments to help you complete some of the most important health screening before breeding from your dogs.

Please note, these clinics are conditional to COVID-19 safety and government guidelines being met. This will be continually reviewed and necessary updates will be provided.

Details

Where - The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Near Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ

When – Dates currently being offered include:

  • 2nd October,
  • 11th November
  • 8th January

Screening available on each day:

  • Respiratory Function Grading Scheme assessments (Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs only)
  • CKCS Heart Scheme Assessments (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels only)
  • Eye Scheme examinations (all dogs welcome)

Find out more about the health tests relevant to your breed in our Breed Information Centre.

 

Booking

Appointments will be booked on a first come, first served basis and must be booked in advance via our online shop.

Book your assessments through the links below.

 

Respiratory Function Grading Scheme assessments (The Kennel Club and University of Cambridge)

Breeds - Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs only

Cost - £40

Click to book for Friday 2nd October

Click to book for Wednesday 11th November

Click to book for Friday 8th January

More details about this assessment can be found below.

 

CKCS Heart Scheme assessments (The Kennel Club)

Breeds – Cavalier King Charles Spaniels only

Cost - £70

Click to book for Wednesday 11th November

Click to book for Friday 8th January

More details about this assessment can be found below.

 

Eye Scheme examinations (Canine Health Scheme BVA/KC/ISDS)

Breeds – All dogs welcome

Cost - £45

Click to book for Friday 2nd October

Click to book for Wednesday 11th November

Click to book for Friday 8th January

More details about this assessment can be found below.

 

More details about the assessments

 

The Kennel Club and University of Cambridge Respiratory Function Grading Scheme assessments

 

What is being assessed?

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.

This assessment is recommended for all French Bulldogs, Pugs and Bulldogs that are going to be used for breeding. As BOAS is a complex syndrome the ways in which it can affect a dog may change over an individual’s lifetime. Therefore we recommend that the assessment is repeated every two years for their lifetime, or until you stop using them for breeding.  

Find out more about BOAS here.

 

What happens during the assessment?

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.

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 dogs 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.

For more information on the respiratory function grading scheme, the assessment and breeding advice please click here.

 

The Kennel Club Heart Scheme assessments for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

 

What is being assessed?

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.

To gain the maximum benefit from the scheme, dogs should ideally first be assessed at around 2 years of age and then re-assessed every two years. If you are thinking of breeding from your dog you should always have them graded first.

 

What happens during the assessment?

Cardiologist Dr Dave Fisher BVetMed CertSAC CertSAM MRCVS will be available to carry out heart scheme assessments for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

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.

For more information on the heart scheme, the assessment and breeding advice please click here.

 

Canine Health Scheme BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme examinations

 

What is being assessed?

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.

Breeding dogs should be examined under the eye scheme within 12 prior to mating; especially the many breeds in which inherited eye disease can develop later in life. A final examination should take place in all dogs that have been used for breeding when they have reached eight years of age.

 

What happens during the assessment?

Ophthalmologist Dr Robert Pontefract B.V.M.S, Cert V Ophthal, M.R.C.V.S. will be available to carry out routine eye examinations on your dog. This examination is available for all breeds.

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

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.

For more information on the eye scheme and inherited eye disease please click here.

 

Further questions

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@thekennelclub.org.uk.

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