The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) Canine Health Schemes allow breeders to test for a range of inherited diseases in their dogs. These Canine Health Schemes serve to provide dog breeders with the option of testing for certain inherited diseases, to enable them to breed only from dogs which have fewer or no signs of inherited disease and thus help to reduce the incidence of these diseases.

The BVA Hip SchemeHip and Elbow BVA

The BVA Hip Scheme was set up to reduce inherited hip problems in dogs. Hip dysplasia is a term which includes a number of specific developmental and other abnormalities involving the hip joint. The purpose of the hip scheme is to reduce the incidence of the disease in dogs used for breeding.

Read more about Hip Dysplasia

Read more about the procedure for taking radiographs for the BVA Hip Scheme

The BVA Elbow Scheme

Elbow dysplasia describes the abnormal development of the elbow. The term includes a number of specific abnormalities, which affect different sites in the joint. The purpose of the elbow scheme is to reduce the incidence of the disease in dogs used for breeding.

Read more about Elbow Dysplasia

Read more about the procedure for taking radiographs for the BVA Elbow Scheme

Further Information

If you would like to have your dog screened as part of these schemes please contact the surgery to make an appointment and to discuss costs.

  • Dogs must be a minimum of one year old (there is no upper age limit)
  • Dogs must be permanently identified with a microchip or tattoo
  • Dogs must be registered with The Kennel Club and you will need to bring your dog’s registration documents with you to the appointment.