A more accurate method of testing for Collie Eye Anomaly/Choroidal Hypoplasia has been been approved by the Kennel Club. The new test is offered by Optigen, with results from the test being directly sent to the Kennel Club.
The test will allow more detailed preventative measures. Owners who submit original test certificates will have a copy sent to them — the Kennel Club is recommending people update their records as soon as possible.
At the request of the Smooth Collie Club of Great Britain, the Kennel Club has recently approved a new official DNA testing scheme for Collie Eye Anomaly/Choroidal Hypoplasia (CEA/CH) in the breed.
This test is offered by OptiGen in America and further details can be obtained from them at www.optigen.com. Copies of all future test certificates issued by them will be sent directly to the Kennel Club, where the test result will be added to the dog’s details on the registration database. This will trigger the publication of the test result in the next available Breed Records Supplement, and the result will also appear on any new registration certificate issued for the dog and on the registration certificates of any future progeny of the dog.
Owners who have already had their dog(s) DNA tested for CEA/CH can send copies of the test certificate into the Kennel Club and the data will be added to the dog’s registration details. In addition, if the owner includes the original registration certificate for the dog (not a copy) then a new registration certificate will be issued, with the DNA result on it, free of charge. Please send the DNA test certificates to:
The Health & Breeder Services Department
The Kennel Club
1 – 5 Clarges Street