Health Testing

Please click on the links to read about specific schemes, if you have any queries regarding health testing please contact Liz Branscombe.



Elbow scheme information: BVA Elbow Scheme



Information on hereditary eye diseases in dogs. BVA Eye Leaflet

Eye scheme BVA Eye Scheme

Primary Glaucoma and Goniodysgenesis : BVA Primary Glaucoma Leaflet

Gonioscopy Grading Scheme (December 2017): Click here

Gonioscopy breeding advice: Click here

Subsidised Eye Testing of Older Flatcoats

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) advise that gonioscopy screening for Pectinate Ligament Abnormality (PLA) be carried out every three years. As evidence has shown that PLA can progress with age in some dogs, the Flatcoated Retriever Society will support the re-testing of older dogs by offering to subsidise the gonioscopy fee. Members can claim a reimbursement of £20 for gonioscopy examination of their Flatcoats aged 8 years and over.

To claim the reimbursement please send a completed claim form and a copy of the BVA examination form to:

Liz Branscombe DipAVN (Surgical) RVN
Breed Health Coordinator
5 Russell Grove, 
MK45 2JE



BVA/KC Hip Scheme Information: BVA Hip Scheme

Hip dysplasia in dogs BVA leaflet: Click here 


Patellar Luxation

The Health Sub-Committee are gathering information on Flatcoats that have been diagnosed with patellar luxation, including those that have received surgery, with a view to sending to an orthopaedic specialist for their evaluation.  If you have been in the unfortunate position of having your dogs diagnosed with this condition past or present, it would be appreciated if you could send us a 5 generation pedigree and complete the Health Report form: 

The Flatcoated Retriever Society's Screening Scheme for Patellar Luxation </>

Health Testing of Imported Dogs

Please refer to Point 16 of the Society's Code of Ethics  


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