Ophthalmology Screening and Litter Screening service for inherited eye disease 

Our Ophthalmology team work in partnership with the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the Kennel Club (KC) and the International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) to provide a screening service for dogs who are being considered for breeding.  This service is to check for possible inherited eye disease.  

The Scheme is open to all dogs and breeds including crossbreeds and non-Kennel Club registered dogs. 

Breeds that commonly experience greater risk of eye disease include: 

  • Border Collie 
  • Cocker Spaniel 
  • English Springer Spaniel 
  • Golden Retriever 
  • Labrador Retriever 
  • Miniature Schnauzer 
Screening for inherited eye disease - NDSR

Hereditary eye disease

There are many types of hereditary eye disease.  Congenital diseases are conditions that exist from birth or soon after birth, whereas non-congenital conditions develop later in life.  

Many of these conditions can have serious effects on health and welfare, causing pain, blindness, or the need for lifelong medication.  This should be taken into consideration when breeding dogs. 

Eye examinations are carried out by a specially trained ophthalmologist who is recognised by the BVA. The eye exam should be completed before a dog is used for breeding.  We also recommend that regular eye exams are performed as the onset of eye diseases can vary between different breeds.  Also, that dogs used for breeding should have a final check after 8 years of age to ensure there is no indication of late onset inherited disease and show evidence of a clear breeding line. 

Litter screening

A separate Litter Screening Eye Examination service is available when puppies are between 5 and 12 weeks old. All puppies must be microchipped before the examination.  

For more information on both the service please email enquiries@ndsr.co.uk  

Our BVA recognised ophthalmologist

Emily Jeanes 


RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology 

EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology 


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Please bring your Kennel Club or ISDS registration certificate with you to the appointment. Please note that without the registration certificate we will not be able to release the results of the examination.