Eye Schemes & Registration Rules
Eye Test requirements for Registration can be found here
Border Collies, along with other breeds, can suffer from hereditary defects including eye anomalies. The Society recommends eye testing according to an approved British Veterinary Association (BVA) Scheme, or ECVO or other approved veterinary certificate, in its effort to improve the breed's health.
Because Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) is congenital (present at birth) it may best be tested at 5 to 12 weeks, but the test can be conducted in dogs at any age.
Central Progressive Retinal Atrophy (abbreviated as PRA) tends to become apparent in dogs several years old.
The Society’s encouragement to members is to follow veterinary advice and not just rely upon a single examination for life. Ideally, have the pup examined when with the litter to check for CEA, have an examination made before the dog (sire or dam) is used for breeding (around the age of 2 years) and have a test when the dog is older (over 8 years) to look for late onset abnormalities.
CEA test results may now be obtained from any established and reputable laboratory including the OptiGen DNA test. These tests may be carried out on either a blood sample or cheek swab. Please speak to your local veterinary clinic if necessary.
Note: A blood sample or cheek swab may be submitted for testing - along with evidence provided by the veterinarian
Eye Testing Ophthalmic
Within the UK, BVA panellists or approved ECVO practitioners may be used and a list is available. Copies of certificates of eye testing will be sent to the Society by the BVA.
Overseas members will need to be careful to use ECVO practitioners within Europe and nationally registered veterinarian in other countries. Send originals or authorised copies of certificates to the Society and provide translation where necessary.
The Society encourages regular ophthalmic eye testing to improve the breed’s health. Ideally, a pup should be examined in a litter screening between the age of 5 to 12 weeks old to check for CEA, there is a further examination made before the dog (sire or dam) is used for breeding and another eye test when the dog is older (over 8 years) to look for late onset abnormalities.
DNA Profiling and Parentage Testing
Parentage verification can confirm the relationship between an offspring and their presumed parents. The Society will now accept an inherited Normal status for CEA, provided that proof of parentage by profiling is provided. This means that the Sire, the Dam and their progeny are all required to have a DNA profile to confirm their relationship.