UPDATE ON CANINE HEALTH SCHEMES AS ENGLAND ENTERS SECOND NATIONAL LOCKDOWN
In light of the national four-week lockdown that began in England yesterday (5 November), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and The Kennel Club (KC) have announced the following changes to the Canine Health Schemes (CHS) in order to follow the new guidelines and restrictions, and also continue to process submissions.
As of Thursday 5 November the CHS office will be closed and the team will be working remotely.
England: As part of BVA’s guidance to veterinary practices, how practices are able to operate and which services they will be able to offer in terms of health testing will be dependent on individual practice factors such as staffing levels, building layout, as well as the vets’ professional and clinical judgement, and we would urge all owners to respect their individual vet’s decisions in this matter.
Wales: During the firebreak lockdown (23 October - 8 November) veterinary practices must only undertake essential and urgent services and practices may need to delay x-rays and eye screenings. At the end of the firebreak lockdown, practices in Wales will be able to deliver veterinary services in line with Covid-safe requirements. However, during the England national lockdown, CHS is only able to process online submissions to the Hip and Elbow Schemes (see below).
Scotland and Northern Ireland: Veterinary practices are able to deliver veterinary services in line with Covid-safe requirements so x-rays and eye screening can go ahead. However, during the England national lockdown, CHS is only able to process online submissions to the Hip and Elbow Schemes.
In England, under the new guidance for the national lockdown, group screening cannot take place. In Scotland, NI, and Wales (after the firebreak lockdown) group screenings can go ahead but Panellists must adhere to additional requirements to work in a Covid-safe manner.
Some CHS Eye Panellists may be able to offer eye screenings as long as government guidance on working safely, practice polices, and any local restrictions are adhered to.
We are asking all animal owners and breeders to respect their vets’ clinical and professional judgement and be patient during this time. The list of eye panellists offering testing can be found at: www.bva.co.uk/canine-health-schemes/eye-scheme/find-an-eye-panellist/
Anyone presenting dogs for hip or elbow x-Ray for submission to the Canine Health Schemes at this current time is advised to confirm that their vet is able to submit these via the online portal.
Due to the uncertainty caused by the national lockdown in England, the CHS team are currently not able to provide accurate turnaround times. The team is working hard to process and score online submissions in order of date received and is unable to fast-track any submissions.
BVA and the KC is asking all owners and breeders to please respect the CHS team and their vets’ clinical and professional judgement and to be patient during this time.
CHS is unable to take payment until the submission is received, so please wait for at least two weeks before calling to make payment.
To make a payment by card for postal submissions, please call the office on 020 7908 6380 (please note that this line is for payments only).
When calling please provide the following information: Date of radiography; Kennel Club/microchip number; name and address of the veterinary practice.
For all non-payment related enquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and if possible include the dog’s Kennel Club or microchip number, date of radiography, and the name and address of your vet practice. The team will get back to you as soon as possible.
The BVA, Kennel Club and CHS teams thank you for your patience and understanding in these exceptional circumstances.
For the latest guidance and advice on Covid-19, please visit the BVA coronavirus information hub: www.bva.co.uk/coronavirus/. If you have any questions or concerns relating to canine health and welfare, please email email@example.com
5 November 2020
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Notes to Editors
The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
BVA and the Kennel Club (KC) work in partnership to provide a number of health screening programmes - the Canine Health Schemes. The Canine Health Schemes enable breeders to screen for a range of inherited diseases so they can make informed decisions as to whether those dogs should be included in breeding programmes. For more information on all of the Canine Health Schemes visit www.bva.co.uk/Canine-Health-Schemes/
BVA is the largest membership community for the veterinary profession in the UK. We represent the views of over 18,000 vets and vet students on animal health and welfare, and veterinary policy issues to government, parliamentarians and key influencers in the UK and EU.
Following the government and Kennel Club advice it has been decided that all Test and Training events have been cancelled until the end of June.
Any changes with regards to the coronavirus advice, will be posted in the future.
The 11th Sporting Irish Water Spaniel Club Novice Retriever Field Trial, held at the Olde Hemploe Shoot, Elkington, Northants, by kind permission of Mr R Cunnington, on 26 October 2019.
1st place: Riverview Farm Finalist (Lab) Handler Kevin Haynes
2nd place: Drumgoose Ice Man (Lab) Handler Phillip Goulden
3rd place: Ragweeds Express (Lab) Handler Kevin Haynes
C.O.M: Greensocks Good Thing Going (IWS) Handler Dagmar Lukas
Guns Choice - Drumgoose Ice Man
Dagmar Lukas came over from Germany with her Irish Water Spaniel Splieny to compete in the trial and came away with a certificate of merit, the first time an IWS has received a UK field trial award in over 20 years. So congratulations to Dagmar and also congratulations to Kevin Haynes for handling two labs to first and third and to Phillip Goulden for his second place.