FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Columbia, Missouri, Friday, August 31, 2012 – The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) are pleased to announce the
establishment of a new joint Eye Certification Registry (ECR) and Clinical Database for
Ophthalmic Diagnoses (CDOD) effective November 1, 2012. Together, the ECR and CDOD
will be important tools to monitor canine inherited eye conditions and reduce their incidence.
OFA Eye Certification Registry exams are ophthalmic examinations, performed by ACVO
Diplomates, to assess dogs for the presence or absence of observable hereditary ocular disease.
Dogs with normal exam results will receive OFA eye certification numbers valid for one year.
Eye Certifications are an important part of the routine health screening practiced by responsible
dog breeders to produce healthy puppies. Recognizing that animals presenting for a Certification
Exam represent a biased population of primarily normal dogs, the CDOD will capture aggregate
statistics regarding disease prevalence for those animals presented to ACVO Diplomates in
private and institutional clinical practices.
The OFA currently maintains the world’s largest online database of canine health screening
results. The addition of eye exam results will enhance the value of this important toolset for
responsible breeders to make more informed breeding decisions to reduce the incidence of
inherited disease. For informed puppy buyers, the database provides documentation of a
breeder’s health screening efforts.
A portion of the proceeds from all OFA eye registrations will be donated to the ACVO Vision
for Animals Foundation to support research leading to the elimination of ocular diseases causing
vision loss and suffering in animals.
For more information please visit the OFA website at www.offa.org
OFA, Columbia, MO
(573) 442-0418 x222
Founded in 1966, the OFA is a not-for-profit foundation with the mission to promote the health and welfare of
companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease. The ACVO promotes excellence in
veterinary ophthalmology through advanced training, certification, research and education.