The Blue Book – Ocular Disorders

The Blue Book - Ocular Disorders
Presumed to be Inherited in Purebred Dogs - the 2017 10th Edition.

The Blue Book - Ocular Disorders Presumed to be Inherited in Purebred Dogs - the 2017 10th Edition. Ocular disorders, proven or presumed to be inherited in purebred dogs, have been a topic of intense dialogue by Diplomats of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) for many years. Discussions commenced in the latter half of the 20th century during the early days of this College’s inception, have continued into the 21st century, and will no doubt continue for years to come. Our knowledge of the existence, nature, progression, and inheritance of ocular disorders continues to expand as this field of veterinary science evolves.

The Genetics Committee of the ACVO was originally formed in response to requests by registries, breed groups, and veterinarians, with the intent to provide a scientific advisory panel and guidelines regarding ocular disorders in purebred dogs. The Genetics Committee of today remains engaged in an ongoing effort to update information on ocular disorders for this purpose.

Registry Groups Furnishing Guidelines:

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF), other breed registry groups, breed clubs, and practicing veterinarians have requested that the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) provide a scientific advisory panel to furnish guidelines regarding ocular disorders of major concern to purebred dogs. The Genetics Committee of the ACVO was formed in response to these requests and is engaged in an ongoing effort to update information on ocular disorders proven or suspected to be hereditary in purebred dogs. The compendium of ocular disorders and breeding recommendations which follow are interim guidelines. They are reviewed regularly and revised whenever additional information becomes available.

In "The Blue Book - Ocular Disorder", we chose the term "BREEDING ADVICE" and intentionally avoided the words "certifiable" and "registerable." The ACVO does not serve as a registry organization. Registry organizations operate independently of the ACVO and set their own standards for registration. However, the OFA does follow the guidelines set forth by the ACVO Genetics Committee in this publication. Any registry organization may use the information in this compendium and results of examinations performed by ACVO Diplomates in the registering of animals with regard to breeding suitability as they see fit.

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The Blue Book is also available on the OFA's website at:
https://www.ofa.org/diseases/eye-certification/blue-book

This page has a link to the latest .pdf version and also contains a "Live" version where the stats reflect all exams entered to date. Bluebook-V10-2017