is a member of the American Kennel Club and is also the
National Club which represents, protects, and furthers
the interests of the breed and its owners throughout the world.

BTCA Health Certification Program

Greetings 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 2022 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 2022 BTCA National. Remember, there is NO FEE to participate in this program. This special recognition for our Bostons, 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 Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) 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 2022 Award Certificate was December 31, 2021. All Health Certificates are valid for one 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 one of your Health Exams.  You can find that form here: http://www.ofa.org/pdf/vpiapp_bw.pdf

Reminder: Permanent Identification should be implemented prior to any testing.

Please mail A PRINT OUT 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 3/12/22:

Sue LeCalsey
BTCA Health Committee
760 Van Ess Road
Green Bay WI 54311-9253

Summary of requirements for each level are as follows:

Silver Certificate:
Send a COPY of your Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER) eye exam and Patella Certificate along with your completed application form.

Gold Certificate:
In addition to the above documents, you must include proof of your OFA Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) Certification.
In lieu of individual copies of Certificates, please send a print out from OFA's or VMDB's website showing your dog's status as proof of Certification.  This will have all the info on one page and cost less for you to mail it to me.

CHIC Certificate:  You will automatically receive your Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Certificate after your results for the CAER, OFA Patella and OFA BAER Tests have been registered with 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 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, neuroscience professionals, and audiologists.

Bilateral hearing PASSES.    Unilateral or bilateral deafness FAILS.

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 $10.00 each 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 that increased on 1-1-22:

Individual dogs $15.00, Litter Rate (3 or more puppies from single litter submitted together) is $30.00 and Kennel Rate is $10.00 each (5 or more puppies submitted together with at least 1 common owner of each puppy).

OFA does not have a minimum age requirement for testing.

Patella Examination form can be located at http://www.ofa.org/pdf/plappbw.pdf
The Patella Examination is performed on dogs 12 months or older by your veterinarian and should be registered in the Patellar Luxation Database with OFA. Puppies examined younger than 12 months will be treated as Preliminary Evaluation and no OFA breed numbers will be assigned. Fee for dogs over 12 months of age is $15.00. The Litter Rate of $30.00 applies to 3 or more submitted together. The Kennel Rate of $10.00 applies to 5 or more submitted together, owned/co-owned by the same person. 

It is recommended that Patellas be re-examined bi-annually.

Multi-registry discounted Fee of $10.00. A discounted fee is offered when three (3) or more soft tissue applications submitted together on a single dog when submitted together. (example: Cardiac, Patella, and Eye applications on single dog, submitted together) Note – this discount does NOT apply to any applications requiring radiographic evaluations.

Miscellaneous Web Sites to obtain additional information about each test or Program:

BAER  https://www.ofa.org/pdf/deafapp_bw.pdf
CAER  www.acvo.org 
OFFA  http://www.ofa.org
CHIC   http://www.caninehealthinfo.org

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 with any questions at:  AchatesBostons@Ameritech.Net.

Sue LeCalsey, Chair of the BTCA Health Certification Program

Rev 1-30-22

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