The Kennel Club and the BVA would like to remind all breeders and vets that from January 1, 2010, all dogs presented under the BVA/KC Canine Health Schemes must be permanently identified by microchip or tattoo.

The Kennel Club (KC) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) would like to remind all breeders and veterinary surgeons that from January 1, 2010, all dogs presented under the BVA/KC Canine Health Schemes must be permanently identified by microchip or tattoo.
 
The BVA/KC Canine Health Schemes enable owners to screen for known inherited diseases in their dogs and include the hip dysplasia scheme, the elbow dysplasia scheme and the inherited eye disease scheme.
 
The hip and elbow schemes both involve veterinary surgeons carrying out radiographs, which are then submitted to the BVA for review and scoring by experts. The BVA has reminded veterinary surgeons that from January 1st 2010 the dog’s microchip or tattoo number must appear on the radiograph alongside the other required information, as detailed in the Procedure Notes. X-rays submitted without the microchip/tattoo number will not be accepted.
 
Examination under the eye scheme is carried out by members of the BVA Eye Panel and dogs presented for examination must have permanent identification checked and recorded on the certificate of eye examination before they can be examined. This new requirement for permanent identification does not however apply to puppies presented for litter screening under the Eye Scheme.
 
The move is intended to make sure the schemes are as robust as possible by ensuring the individual dog is identifiable, thereby greatly reducing the risk of false certification.

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