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BVA/KC Scoring for dog owners in Poole

Walton Lodge Vets in Poole offers BVA/KC Scoring as part of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Kennel Club’s (KC) UK-wide health schemes for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and inherited eye diseases.

These health schemes have been in place for over 30 years and help to provide expert opinion on these inherited canine conditions based on scientific data. Talk to us about BVA/KC Scoring for your pet.


Why Walton Lodge Vets offers BVA/KC Scoring

BVA/KC screening programmes help conscientious breeders to identify dogs that are the best possible choice to breed from, in that they are clinically free of certain diseases and conditions. This helps to lower the number of dogs born with inherited conditions and can even eradicate disease in some blood lines.

At Walton Lodge Vets in Poole we wholeheartedly believe that breeders and vets should be working together to try and eliminate debilitating health conditions and improve the quality of our pets’ lives.


Get your dog BVA/KC Scored

Some dog breeds are predisposed to certain inherited health conditions and diseases. If you are planning on entering a breeding programme with your dog, or you’re a professional breeder, it’s a good idea to take part in the BVA/KC scoring health scheme.


Book a BVA/KC Scoring Appointment


Walton Lodge Vets can score your pet on the following:

  • Eye conditions such as PRA – examinations are conducted annually and your dog will be certified as affected or unaffected for known inherited conditions at the time of testing. Re-examination is important as some eye conditions can onset later in life. To obtain clinical scores, would require referral to a BVA panellist.
  • Hip scoring and elbow grading for dysplasia conditions – this test is done once when your dog is at least 12 months old.


Results from all examinations and scoring are recorded on the Kennel Club database and published in the KC Breed Records Supplement, and on new puppy registration certificates. Each year over 30,000 results are produced by these schemes.

Get in touch with our team to find out which BVA/KC health screening schemes are relevant to your dog.

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