HIP/ELBOW PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION POLICY
In an effort to encourage open sharing of health test results, on January 1, 2004 the OFA began posting preliminary Hip and Elbow results for dogs tested after that date on its website IF the owner initialed the authorization block to release all results (including abnormal results).
Two additional criteria must be met in order to publish the preliminary results:
- The dog must at least 12 months of age at the time of radiograph
- The dog must be permanently identified via microchip or tattoo
Release of results for Preliminary Evaluations submitted prior to January 1, 2004
The OFA also will now allow owners to publish preliminary test results for dogs evaluated before January 1, 2004 if they submit a written request to the OFA.
In addition to the written request, all three of the above criteria must have been met — the owner must have initialed the box for open disclosure at the time of evaluation, the dog must be at least 12 months old, and the dog must be permanently identified via microchip or tattoo.
FOLLOW-UP SUBMISSIONS FOR HIPS AND ELBOWS
In an effort to generate further aggregate long term follow-up data, the OFA is offering a resubmission service.
Similar to the OFA’s preliminary or consultation process, Follow-Up Studies will only be read once, by the OFA’s board-certified in house veterinary radiologist and owners will be sent a report with the findings. The results from these “Follow-Up Studies” will not alter or risk the earlier official OFA consensus reading on which the animal may have received a hip/elbow number. The fee for this service is $15.00. To submit, simply follow the normal OFA hip submission process, and clearly write the words ‘FOLLOW-UP STUDY’ at the top of the application.
The primary benefits are twofold: the OFA will generate additional information on changes in hip status over the lifetime of the animal, and owners will benefit from the same information without risking the earlier rating assigned by the OFA.