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CERF and the OFA

To help breeders locate important screening information with less effort, the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) has graciously agreed to allow the OFA to display some of its data. In order for CERF results to appear on the OFA site each dog must have:

  1. An existing OFA record
  2. A current CERF exam
  3. Identical registration name and number information registered with each organization (in order to establish the database links).

CERF will transmit this data to the OFA on a monthly basis. There will be a brief lag between the time the CERF exam is conducted, the time the results appear on the CERF website, and the time they appear on the OFA website.

The OFA will only accept Normal CERF results directly from CERF. Owner submissions will only be accepted for Abnormal CERF results that the owner wishes to display on the OFA website. The addition of this information is designed to provide a maximum amount of health screening information in a single location. Please refer to the CERF website itself if questions arise regarding the existence or validity of a particular dog's CERF number.

About CERF

CERF was founded by a group of concerned, purebred owner/breeders who recognized that the quality of their dog's lives were being affected by heritable eye disease. CERF was then established in conjunction with cooperating, board certified, veterinary ophthalmologists, as a means to accomplish the goal of elimination of heritable eye disease in all purebred dogs by forming a centralized, national registry.

The CERF Registry not only registers those dog's certified free of heritable eye disease by members of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (A.C.V.O. ), but also collects data on all dogs examined by A.C.V.O. Diplomates. This data is used to form the CERF data base which is useful in researching trends in eye disease and breed susceptibility. Not only is this data useful to clinicians and students of ophthalmology, but to interested breed clubs and individual breeders and owners of specific breeds.

While CERF maintains its own database, the OFA and CERF have a positive working relationship, and CERF shares data electronically with the OFA. Once a month, CERF sends the OFA an update file containing all dogs which have been issued a CERF eye clearance. Based on matching registration numbers, all dogs on the CERF file with existing OFA records have their CERF data imported into the OFA database, and the CERF results appear on the OFA website.

For more information on CERF, please visit their website: http://www.vmdb.org/cerf.html


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