The Kennel Club (KC) has launched a new film to show breeders what to expect from a KC assured breeder scheme visit.
Assessment visits are required for all assured breeder scheme members, including new applicants, who must be visited before they are accepted as members.
Existing members who have not already had a visit under the new United Kingdom Accreditation Service rules require a visit before they can register a litter of puppies, and members are thereafter visited at least once every three years.
Bill Lambert, manager of the KC assured breeder scheme, said: “Breeders who are new to the scheme can sometimes be apprehensive about the visits and what they will entail, and we understand this.
“This film takes the mystery out of the process, which is simply designed to ensure the standards set out by the scheme are met, and to help breeders identify if any improvements can be made. We support breeders throughout the process, and the vast majority of visits are entirely successful and require just simple changes, which we talk through during the visit.
“The film shows how our assessors explain the format of the visit to the breeder and the paperwork they will go through, in addition to what they will be looking for when they visit the breeder’s facilities. The film also explains how the assessments close and when the assessor will feedback their findings and recommendations.
Pat Taylor, an assured breeder of golden retrievers who features in the film, said: “I am glad to be part of a film that shows behind the scenes on an assured breeder scheme visit and exactly how it is conducted.
“I enjoyed the visit process and found my assessor to be friendly and knowledgeable, and this film should help other breeders know what to expect on a visit. I hope it will encourage more breeders to join the scheme and help enhance the scheme as it goes forward.”
Mr Lambert continued: “We understand every breeder is different, but there are a set of standards everybody must comply with to ensure the high standards our scheme members want to be associated with are upheld. But, ultimately, it is the outcome for the dogs and puppies we focus on, rather than the method the breeder chooses to get there.”
For more information, or to view the film, visit http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/visitingassuredbreeders