Competitors heading to Crufts 2014 are taking full advantage of subsidised eye testing being offered at the event, with more than half of all available appointments being snapped up in just one day.
Fifty appointments have been made available at the reduced rate of £20 (a 43% discount per test) on each day of Crufts, which will be held at the Birmingham NEC from March 6-9.
The eye testing scheme is run jointly by the BVA, Kennel Club (KC) and International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) as part of the BVA/KC Canine Health Schemes and examinations are carried out by BVA appointed eye panellists. Panellists look for evidence of hereditary eye disease in dogs that may be used for breeding, and the scheme covers eleven hereditary eye conditions in over 50 breeds of dog.
The BVA/KC Canine Health Schemes team will also be at Crufts in the “Breeding for the Future” zone in Hall 3 to promote the other health screening schemes offered – including those for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and Chiari malformation/syringomyelia (CM/SM).
BVA president Robin Hargreaves, a member of the Kennel Club Dog Health Group, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the fantastic response from breeders booking subsidised eye testing at Crufts.
“Health screening for common conditions has become an essential part of being a responsible breeder. Not only are these breeders helping to assure the health of their own puppies, but also contributing to our overall understanding of inherited disease and improving the health of the breed as a whole.”
- Subsidised eye test appointments must be booked in advance via the BVA/KC Canine Health Schemes team at BVA on 020 7908 6380.
- Appointments will be booked on a first come first served basis and payment must be made at the time of booking.