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Change to the BVA/KC/ISDS eye scheme

MULTIFOCAL RETINAL DYSPLASIA in the Labrador will become a schedule 1 condition under the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme on July 1st 2004. All breed clubs have been kept informed of developments and have been involved in the dialogue preceding this change.

This change means that Labradors tested after this date that have clinical signs of this condition will now have this certified on the Certificate of Eye Examination filled in by the examining ophthalmologist. A copy of this is sent to the Kennel Club. In line with other breeds that are certified for MRD, this result will not be placed on the dog’s registration information and it will not be published in the Breed Records Supplement (BRS). Instead the Kennel Club will create and maintain a new Labrador MRD Open Register, onto which the names of individual Labradors found to be affected by MRD will be added along with the date the examination was performed.

All other reports of schedule 1 conditions in the Labrador (total retinal degeneration (TRD), generalised progressive retinal atrophy (gPRA), centralised progressive retinal atrophy (cPRA) and hereditary cataract (HC)) will be, as usual, added to the dog’s registration information and published in the BRS.