What Is The BVA Eye Scheme?
The BVA Eye Scheme is essentially a screening programme that was developed in conjunction with the Kennel Club (KC) and the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) to identify hereditary and non-hereditary eye conditions in dogs.
The test must be carried out by an appointed BVA eye panelist, which our Ophthalmology specialist Sue Manning is one of.
The test can check for congenital/neonatal conditions, inherited conditions that may develop later in life, and other conditions that will be identified during the examination. A full list can be found on the BVA website.
Which Breeds Of Dog Can Have An Eye Test Under The Scheme?
All dogs can have an eye test, but there are some breeds that more commonly suffer from eye disease. These include:
- Border Collie
- Cocker Spaniel
- English Springer Spaniel
- French Bulldog
- Golden Retriever
- Labrador Retriever
- Miniature Schnauzer
Why Carry Out A BVA Eye Test?
he main purpose of the scheme is to ensure that there is no evidence of hereditary eye disease in dogs used for breeding.
Breeders are often advised to submit dogs for annual eye tests, since some diseases have late onset of clinical signs. Regular examinations can check on the development of eye disease.
It is also possible for litters to be tested for congenital hereditary conditions such as Collie eye anomaly and Multi-focal retinal dysplasia when they are between six and twelve weeks of age.
What Happens During The Test?
- Eye drops are applied to dilate your dog’s pupils
- Once these have taken effect you will be taken to see the ophthalmologist in the consult room
- Your dog’s microchip will be scanned and checked against their documentation
- A range of equipment will then be used to examine every part of your dog’s eyes by the ophthalmologist (the consult room lights may be dimmed or switched off to carry out some of these tests)
- Once the test is completed, the vet will complete the certificate with the eye test results on, and discuss the results with you
- If your dog is Kennel Club registered the document will be stamped and signed. A copy will be given to you, and another sent to BVA
What Happens If My Dog Shows Evidence Of An Eye Disease?
The next steps will vary depending on the results of the test, and options will be discussed with you by the vet.
A treatment plan will be formed based on the disease itself and whether it is congenital (already present) or non-congenital (will develop at some point later in life).
Please phone 01332 678333 to make an appointment or for further information.