The Blue Book 2017

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The Blue Book 2017
   The Blue Book 2017

Ocular disorders, proven or presumed to be inherited in purebred dogs, have been a topic of intense dialogue by Diplomates 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. The content of this production has originated from several sources as the ACVO recently created a Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER), which is a joint effort between the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the ACVO. The addition of eye examination results to the OFA database makes the OFA the most complete source of canine health screening results in the world, allowing responsible breeders to make more informed breeding decisions in an effort to reduce the incidence of inherited disease. The generation of statistical information is made possible by the efforts of dedicated breeders of purebred dogs who present their dogs to Diplomates of the ACVO for an OFA Companion Animal Eye Registry examination. The research copies of these examinations are then conscientiously submitted to OFA by the examining Veterinary Ophthalmologists. These data generate annual statistics. The statistics for each breed are then reviewed by the Genetics Committee for the most recent year and from the previous 5 years. Recommendations regarding the ocular disorders listed for each breed and the breeding advice are compiled following guidelines detailed elsewhere in this publication. A comprehensive review of the scientific literature since the last published edition was undertaken by all committee members. The scientific articles and breed disorders from the statistical and literature review have been added to the information on each breed in the production of this document. The collective educated clinical experience of the committee members is utilized to reach a consensus of opinion in areas where there remains a paucity of hard scientific proof regarding certain identified breed problems. The current Genetics Committee has instituted an annual scientific literature search, in addition to the previously established yearly statistical data review. This information is compiled and submitted in an effort to maintain a bank of current information for future editions and versions of this document. The content of all editions past, present, and future will remain dynamic and ever changing as more precise technologies advance the study of the canine genome, as continued scientific research expands our knowledge, and as the database grows. It is an honor and a privilege to serve the ACVO, our fellow Diplomates, reputable dog breeders, and our most trusted canine companions in this endeavor. Genetics Committee 2018 Renee Carter, Jessica Meekins, Caroline Betbeze, Adam King, Hans Westermeyer, Kathy Barrie, Charlie Martin and Jane Ashley Huey Gus Aguirre – Advisor Katie Diehl – OFA Liason

 

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