The new Schedule B eye
conditions are described in the BVA's information booklet: Hereditary
Eye Disease in Dogs. The evidence was presented by the FLC of GB and
examined by the BVA Eye Panel in November 2009. The Eye Panel decided to place
the conditions on Schedule B as the data shows they are only suspected of being
inherited and more evidence is needed.
Dr Jeff Sampson, the KC's
advisor on canine genetics and health matters, advised the FLCGB that the main
reason for not supporting Hereditary Cataracts going straight onto Schedule A
was that the BVA eye working party felt that the main criterion for a Schedule A
condition is evidence in the peer reviewed, scientific literature. In addition,
PHTVL (Persistent Hyperplastic Tunica Vasculosa Lentis), which is recorded for
eye tests in Finland on Finnish Lapphunds, was not included in Schedule B, as it
is not a condition that is recognised under the BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme. However,
if a dog is examined and shows signs of this condition then the ophthalmologist
will note the observations on the Eye Certificate form. The full description of
the Schedule A and B criteria for inclusion is described in the BVA's
information sheet, What
is the Eye Scheme?
From January 2010, if the Eye
Certificate is made available by the breeder to the FLC of GB, the occurrence of
the Schedule B eye conditions will be published on this web site, to be added to
the results which are already available below - see Eye Test Results. Annual Eye
Certificates for Finnish Lapphunds used for breeding can be sent to the Breed
Health Co-ordinator at email@example.com.
The occurrence of Schedule B
conditions will be analysed each year by the BVA and depending on the results,
together with the satisfaction of the BVA's tests for Schedule A inclusion, the
BVA Eye Panel may eventually move conditions up to Schedule A. In the meantime,
the aim of putting these eye conditions onto Schedule B is to alert prospective
owners, breeders and the BVA Eye Panellists who carry out the examinations, of
these potential problems.
18th December 2009