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BTCA Health Certification Program
Hello fellow club members:
It is that time of year to post a reminder to members of the BTCA about submitting your application and Certificates to me for the 2016 BTCA Health Committee, Health Certification Program. Those who apply for the Gold or Silver Level Certificate will once again be recognized at our Awards Banquet at the 2016 BTCA Nationals. There is NO fee to participate in this program. This special recognition for our Boston's, is especially important for the future health of our Breed. How wonderful it would be to see all the Veterans, 7 years of age or older, receive this special recognition, with it being noted on the Award that they are a Veteran. The information registered with OFA or CERF can then be used in any studies that need to be completed in the future. Thank you, to those of you that have already sent me your applications. The Cut-off date for all tests to be current and used for the 2016 Award Certificate is December 31, 2015. All Health Certificates are valid for 1 year from date of issue.
With OFA requiring that all permanent identification of dogs be VERIFIED by your Vet, please take the opportunity to have that form completed while having your Vet do a Health Exam.
You can find that form here: http://www.offa.org/vpiapp_bw.pdf
Reminder: Permanent Identification should be implemented prior to any testing.
Please mail PHOTO COPIES of these official Certificates OR A PRINTOUT from OFA's website showing your Boston's status as proof of certification and your completed application. Mail your appropriate documentation to me, postmarked no later than 2/15/16:
Summary of requirements for each level are as follows:
CHIC Certificate: You will automatically receive your CHIC Certificate after your results for the CERF, OFA Patella and OFA BAER Tests have been registered with CERF and/or OFA. No application or additional fee is required to receive the CHIC Certificate. It will automatically be mailed to you.
BAER Test Sites may be located at http://www.lsu.edu/deafness/baersite.htm The BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) test needs to be performed only once in a dog's life, sometime after it is 35 days of age. OFA recommends this test should be performed by a Board Certified Veterinary Neurologist, but will accept results from experienced veterinarians and audiologists.
Application fee is $15.00 per dog unless you qualify for the Litter Rate of $30.00 for 3 or more littermates. Kennel Rate is $7.50 for 5 or more dogs owned by the same person.
OFA Eye Certification Registry: CAER Test. Certification is good for 1 year from date of exam. Dogs should have this exam performed annually. A list of Veterinary Ophthalmologists can be found at: www.acvo.org and click on "Locate an Ophthalmologist" to find someone in your area.
These forms should be sent to OFA who has the following Fee structure:
Patella Examination form can be located at http://www.offa.org/pdf/plappbw.pdf
Miscellaneous Web Sites to obtain additional information about each test or Program:
Click here for the BTCA Health Certification Program Application Form
Thank you in advance to everyone that cares enough about the future of this wonderful breed to do these Health Tests and for going the extra mile and submitting your results to OFA. You may e-mail me at: Sue@AchatesBostons.Com with any questions.
Sue LeCalsey, Chair of the BTCA Health Certification Program