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United States TTCA Health Committee Report to the World Congress

September 23, 2003

Committee Report presented by Linda Bell, Stuart Eckmann, Margy Pankiewicz, and Eve Ross

Each presenter reported briefly on an area of Health Committee work.

Linda Bell,, reported on the ongoing registries available to breeders and owners of Tibetan Terriers. CERF (Canine Eye Registration Foundation) lists all Tibetan Terriers who have had CERF eye clearances within the past 12 months as well as including historical data on dogs over time. The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) has several relevant registries for Tibetan Terriers which include hips, patellas, thyroid, heart, elbows and now BAER tested dogs. The hip registry is considered semi-open which means that the breeder/owner may choose to include a dog who may not have a passing hip score.

Margy Pankiewicz,, reported on the creation of the BAER registry at OFA. There were approximately 110 dogs who were grandfathered into the BAER registry. This is also a semi-open registry and includes several dogs who did not pass their BAER test.

Stuart Eckmann, eckmann@ix.netcom, reported on TTCA’s participation in the CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) There are three mandatory tests a dog must have to be considered eligible for the CHIC registry and two optional tests. The tests necessary for inclusion on the CHIC registry are eye exam, hip xray and BAER test. The optional tests are thyroid and patella.

Eve Ross reported on the progress of participation in the TTCA VOHR (Voluntary Open Health Registry) Forms for participation in the VOHR are on the TTCA website There are currently 16 dogs listed on the registry in the categories of Cataracts, PRA, Lens Luxation, Patella Luxation, and Hip Dysplasia. The process for a second opinion diagnosis in the event of an appeal was described.

The Tibetan Terrier DNA Bank and Registry was briefly discussed during the open discussion period of the World Congress. The blood collection kit was described along with the process for sending blood samples into the DNA Bank, currently at the University of Missouri under the administration of Liz Hansen, World Congress participants were encouraged to participate in the DNA Bank and were encouraged to report back to their countries regarding participation worldwide.