BVA/KC Eye Scheme cost changes

Dear Breed Health Coordinators,

Did you know that testing dogs over the age of 8 under the BVA/KC Eye Scheme is £21 cheaper? (normal cost for single dogs is £52 including VAT). Testing older dogs is a great assessment of the dog’s eye health, including picking up late onset or progressive eye conditions in any breed – both inherited and non-inherited.

The scheme is available for all dogs and dog breeds (not just those on Schedule A).

Click here for more information on the BVA website.

Kind regards,

Bonnie-Marie Abhayaratne
Health Information Administrator
The Kennel Club

Breeder Education – Sharing knowledge on healthy, happy dogs

Dear Breed Health Co-ordinators,

In April I sent an e-mail regarding The Kennel Club/ Royal Canin Breeder Education seminars and thought that you may like to know that places are still available at each of the days. The cost of each day is £25, which includes morning and afternoon refreshments, a buffet lunch and a delegate bag.

Information on the locations of the 8 remaining seminars and the topics being discussed can be found here

Please feel free to distribute this information amongst your breed and if you would like us to send you any paper flyers for distribution, then please let me know.

If you would like any further information regarding this year’s seminars, then please contact my colleague Fay ().

Kind regards,

Nick Sutton
Health Information Officer
The Kennel Club
Tel: 0844 463 3980 (extension 323)
Fax: 020 7518 1028

The Kennel Club and Royal Canin seminars on health issues

Breeder Education Seminars – Sharing knowledge on healthy, happy dogs

The Kennel Club and Royal Canin are welcoming dog breeders to a stimulating series of educational seminars on health issues, breeding practices and scientific developments which will help breeders and their puppy rearing programmes.
A number of highly regarded professionals in the world of canine health will be taking part in these seminars.

The cost of each day is £25, and for Assured Breeders is only £20 per person, which includes morning refreshments, a buffet lunch, afternoon refreshments and a delegate pack.

Details for the next seminar:

When: 19th & 20th July
Where: Nottingham Vet School
What: Saturday 19th July

Speaker One: Dr Tom Lewis – The science behind Mate Select and population Genetics principles
Speaker Two: Professor Gary England – Reproduction and fertility in the bitch
Speaker Three: Professor Gary England – Reproduction in the male dog and artificial insemination
Speaker Four: Mr Alex German – Obesity in pets – what dog owners need to know

Sunday 20th July
Speaker One: Mr Nick Sutton – Common canine poisons – Common risks for poisoning in dogs
Speaker Two: Ms Eleanor Raffen – Diabetes in dogs
Speaker Three: Dr Nicholas Bexfield – Understanding liver disease in dogs
Speaker Four: Dr Nicholas Bexfield – Canine tumours; an overview of some common types and breed predispositions

Further speakers to be announced soon.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

The Kennel Club

Great Dane Get-together organised by Sheena Booth & Gary Gough

Great Dane Get-together organised by Sheena Booth & Gary Gough
at Ty Mawr Holiday Park, North Wales on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th March

Having received permission from the majority of our member clubs to accept the invitation to give a short talk on the Great Dane Breed Council at this event I am pleased to be able to report that over 50 Great Dane owners attended. These ranged from very new, under 1 year, to the longer standing, up to 60 years, in our breed.

 I started with a short talk about why the Breed Council was set up, how it is made up & more importantly what it does. I briefly pointed out the day to day running of the BC and some of the work that goes on dealing with the KC and other societies, most importantly I pointed out that it was their BC and we could only make recommendations and decisions on items of agenda that had come from them through their Breed Clubs. The Q & A session went on for far longer than the 20minutes I had allocated and I was very pleased with the response, at the time and later, in one to one conversations, I was told that they now realised that the BC was there to act on their behalf and not a group of people trying to impose their own views upon them as they had been led to believe from the untruths spoken of and printed on some media sites. I pointed out that where the BC was given a mandate to request changes of the KC it can take a very long time for the KC to decide on and then implement these changes, so should they change their minds in the meantime they must keep their clubs and therefore the BC informed because it can only act on the last instruction received.

I attended the event with the premise that if I could convince one person that the BC was a useful organisation acting on their behalf I would feel it was worthwhile, so I am very happy that I left many more with that knowledge. I therefore would like to thank the member clubs for their permission to attend, Sheena and Gary for allowing me the opportunity and those who attended for listening and I hope that they will pass on the information they gained to other members of the Great Dane family as they make new friends and progress in their careers in our Majestic Breed.

Tim Lewis






STAFFORD ST18 9AP (Jct 13 of M6)






Paid up Members of the 8 participating Breed Clubs are
invited to attend

Enquiries to Mrs Olivia Bates, Secretary

01606 737444


Vaccination Guidelines Update

The Pet Welfare Alliance have published on their website details of updated Vaccination Guidelines that veterinary groups around the world are adopting. With the kind permission of The Pet Welfare Alliance we are now able to publish their letter here and can be found by following this link

Further interesting reading is available at The Pet Welfare Alliance website by following this link

Mystery illness killing dogs

The BBC has been reporting on a mystery illness that is killing dogs. Signs are to be put up in the New Forest warning dog owners about a mysterious disease that has killed 13 dogs across Britain in recent months. Believed by vets to be similar to “Alabama Rot” and could ultimately lead to kidney failure should your dog develop lesions on its legs, paws or face you are advised to seek immediate veterinary advice. To read the full story follow this link

Change in breeding advice for BVA/KC Elbow Dysplasia scheme

The Kennel Club would like to make you aware of the change to breeding advice for the British Veterinary Association/Kennel Club Elbow Dysplasia scheme. Originally, it was recommended that breeders select dogs with an elbow grade of 0 or 1, as a grade 1 was considered relatively mild at the time. However, graded radiographs have shown that the majority of dogs with grade 1 elbows display obvious signs of unilateral and bilateral arthritis.

Therefore, the revised breeding advice from the BVA is as follows:
‘It is strongly recommended that breeders wishing to reduce the risk of elbow dysplasia should select their breeding stock (both dogs and bitches) only from animals with an overall grade of 0. Dogs with elbow grades of 2 or 3 have marked osteoarthritis likely to be due to ED, with or without a visible primary lesion. Dogs with elbow grades of 1 show mild or early osteoarthritis which is also likely to be due to ED.’

The elbow grades of Kennel Club registered dogs under the BVA/KC Elbow Dysplasia scheme can be seen via the Health Test Results Finder (an online Mate Select service). For additional scheme information, please visit the BVA website.

Newborn Puppy Mortality and Morbidity Survey

This email is to inform you, on behalf of Bloomfield’s Puppy and Kitten Clinic, part of The Goddard Veterinary Group, of a survey investigating neonatal puppy mortality and morbidity across breeds in the UK during 2012 and 2013.

You can complete the questionnaire online here

We would be very grateful if you could help disseminate information about this survey amongst your breed. The survey can be completed by UK breeders that have bred a litter in 2012 or 2013, whether Kennel Club registered or not, and all information given will be treated in complete confidence, with no names of dogs, or owners’ details ever being published.

It is important that questionnaires are collected from healthy litters as well as those with health conditions and complications, so that the number of affected litters and deaths of newborn puppies can be put into context.

The survey will provide meaningful data that can be used, if required, by researchers focusing on neonate puppy health issues. After the survey period has ended, the results will be analysed and published on the Puppy and Kitten Clinic website.

For further information and to complete the survey, please visit or email Samantha Bloomfield MRCVS at .