The BVA/KC/International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) Eye Scheme offers breeders the possibility of eye testing to screen for inherited eye disease in certain breeds. By screening breeding stock for these diseases, breeders can use the information to eliminate or reduce the frequency of eye disease being passed on to puppies.
Although any breed can be examined for eye disease, currently only the results of those breeds that appear on Schedule A of the Eye Scheme are sent to the Kennel Club for inclusion on computer records and printing in the Breed Records Supplement.
In general, the best age for eye testing is before a dog has reached one year old and thereafter on an annual basis. However, in some breeds, it is necessary to test them as young puppies (usually between six and twelve weeks of age) and so details of litter screening are also included in the literature although results of litter screening are not published.
- See more at:
The British Veterinary Association website
The Kennel Club website
BVA/KC/ISDS eye tests are performed daily on week-days. Please note that all dogs are required to be microchipped and that you must remember to bring with you the dog’s Kennel Club or ISDS owner’s Registration Certificate.
Litter screening is also performed. This is not a complete eye examination and is used to screen litters for diseases that are known to be inherited in that breed. Identity microchips are not yet required for litter testing.