If you’re new to OFA, here is a brief summary of how things work:
- Companion animals are screened by a veterinary professional and those results are submitted via application to OFA.
- OFA assigns a certification code based on the screening results, and issues a certificate to the owner. See Sample Certificates. See an explanation of Certification Numbers.
- All NORMAL results are automatically stored in the OFA databases, and are therefore available as searchable on this website. The OFA recommends ABNORMAL results be added to the database as well, but owners have a choice as it relates to public access to this information.
Dogs that have undergone ALL screenings as recommended by their parent breed club (and made those results publicly available) will also be assigned a CHIC number and achieve “CHIC Certification” if their breed club participates in the CHIC program. The CHIC number itself does not imply normal test results, only that all the required breed specific tests were performed and the results made publicly available.
The testing methodology and the criteria for evaluating the test results for each database were independently established by veterinary scientists from their respective specialty areas, and the standards used are generally accepted throughout the world.