“As you may be aware, the Kennel Club has been collaborating with the British Veterinary Association and the Eye Panel Working Party to assess the current format of the BVA/KC/ International Sheepdog Society (ISDS), particularly with regard to Schedule B.
Following this, it has been decided by the Working Party that as of 1st January 2020 your breed will no longer be listed under Schedule B of the eye scheme for Multifocal retinal dysplasia (MRD), Persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous (PHPV), Hereditary cataracts (HC) and Persistent pupillary membranes (PPM). This is due to very few reports of this condition overtime in your breed, which has consequentially suggested that the breed is not, at this time, predisposed to the condition. Furthermore, Schedule B will cease to exist as of this date of implementation.
However, we still encourage routine testing for dogs of any breed, as any abnormalities will still be collated into an annual sightings report. This sightings report will then be reviewed annually by the Eye Panel Working Party, allowing continued monitoring of the incidence of any conditions in your breed. Should there be an apparent prevalence of a particular condition this will be reviewed by the group, and potentially added to Schedule A. ”
The SFLS would like to remind all breeders that under the Code of Ethics – all potential parents of a litter must have a valid eye test at the time of mating ie less than 1 year old (current)
Please can we encourage owners to send in a copy of the eye certificates (as per C of E) to the Breed Health Coordinators of both SFLS and FLC of GB so that the comments and conditions noted can be monitored.
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