CANINE EYE REGISTRATION FOUNDATION Feb, 2001

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DIRECTOR'S COMMENTS


Director: Dan Hogan , DVM dfh@vet.purdue.edu

Greetings,

I would like to introduce myself, my name is Dr. Dan Hogan and I have succeeded Dr. Walt Weirich as the director of the Veterinary Medical Data Base/Canine Eye Registry Foundation. These are big shoes to fill but I will work hard to maintain the excellence of VMDB/CERF. Dr. Weirich should be commended for his many years of tireless work as the director of VMDB/CERF. We have not let him get away that easy and he has agreed to continue his relationship with VMDB/CERF functioning as the executive treasurer.

This next year is very exciting for VMDB/CERF as we finalize our conversion of medical coding nomenclature format from SNOVDO to SNOMED-RT. This requires a tremendous amount of work in establishing computer programs and models that allow seamless data entry from the participating institutions. Dr. Al Hahn, Dr. Wilke and Yun Shen are working hard to make this project successful. We are also advancing the concept of "evidence-based medicine" in using our large data-base to help improve the recognition, clinical outcome and therapy of many animal diseases. This will be an area of intense work throughout the veterinary and human medical communities over the next decade.

We also have some changes at CERF for this coming year. We would like to introduce our new supervisor. Her name is Lisa Perry and she is very excited about our work here at CERF. Please take a little time to introduce yourself and welcome her when you talk to her on the phone. We at CERF, along with many other animal-registering foundations, have taken an active role in the permanent identification of animals that are registered for eye diseases. To this end, starting in February of 2001, we now require permanent identification of animals at the time of examination to receive a standard CERF number. Permanent identification is defined as either a tattoo or microchip that uniquely identifies that animal. We will continue to register non-permanently identified animals during a grace period of unknown duration. These animals will be receiving a number with the suffix -N. If the animal becomes permanently identified, then we will replace that number with a standard number at the subsequent examination.

I look forward to working with you in the future and welcome any questions or comments you have.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: The owner of the dog told me that the dog passed CERF exam. Why couldn't I find the information on CERF's web site?

A: Please check with the owner to see if he sent the owner's copy of the exam form to us to register the dog with CERF. If the owner did but he just mailed it to CERF recently, it will appear on the internet next month because CERF updates registration information on web monthly.

Q: How old does a dog have to be to get registered with CERF?

A: There are no age restrictions.

Q: How do I get CERF statistics on certain breeds?

A: Become a member in CERF and for $25.00 a year CERF will send you a registration report and research breakdown for one breed and also our semi-annual newsletter. You may request updated reports any time during the year. Please visit CERF's web site for details at www.vmdb.org.



Dogs CERFed in 2000


BREED TOTAL BREED TOTAL
AFFENPINSCHER2 AFGHAN HOUND29
AIREDALE TERRIER 18 AKITA374
ALASKAN MALAMUTE212 AMERICAN ESKIMO122
AMERICAN LAMALESE1 AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER1
AMERICAN WATER SPANIEL44 ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD DOG1
AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG185 AUSTRALIAN KELPIE3
AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD642 AUSTRALIAN TERRIER12
AZAWAKH3 BASENJI 98
BASSET HOUND15 BEAGLE28
BEARDED COLLIE105 BEAUCERON3
BEDLINGTON TERRIER17BELGIAN LAEKENOIS7
BELGIAN MALINOIS58BELGIAN SHEEPDOG239
BELGIAN TERVUREN451BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG476
BICHON FRISE390BLACK RUSSIAN TERRIER 1
BLOODHOUND15BOLOGNESE3
BORDER COLLIE302BORDER TERRIER93
BORZOI 160 BOSTON TERRIER139
BOUVIER BERNOIS1BOUVIER DES FLANDRES 241
BOXER 27 BOYKIN SPANIEL38
BRIARD 25 BRITTANY30
BRUSSELS GRIFFON11BULL TERRIER (WHITE, COLORED)3
BULLDOG (ENGLISH)22 BULLMASTIFF16
CAIRN TERRIER57 CANAAN DOG20
CAUCASIAN MTN. DOG2 CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL256
CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER467CHIHUAHUA 6
CHINESE CRESTED54 CHINESE SHAR PEI2
CHINOOK35 CHOW CHOW 5
CLUMBER SPANIEL45 COCKAPOO1
COCKER SPANIEL (AMERICAN)297 COLLIE (ROUGH OR SMOOTH)67
COONHOUND11COTON DE TULEAR52
CURLY-COATED RETRIEVER80 DACHSHUND (LONGHAIR)23
DACHSHUND (SMOOTH)11 DACHSHUND (WIRE)7
DACHSHUND, MINIATURE (LONGHAIR)12 DACHSHUND, MINIATURE (WIRE)6
DALMATIAN28 DANDIE DINMONT4
DOBERMAN PINSCHER122 DOGUE DE BORDEAUX1
ENGLISH COCKER SPANIEL 201 ENGLISH SETTER19
ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL406 ENTLEBUCHER33
FIELD SPANIEL 20 FINNISH LAPPHOUND1
FINNISH SPITZ8FLAT-COATED RETRIEVER155
FOX TERRIER, TOY2 FRENCH BULLDOG53
GERMAN PINSCHER17 GERMAN SHEPHERD73
GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER114 GERMAN WIREHAIRED POINTER11
GIANT SCHNAUZER12 GLEN OF IMAAL TERRIER6
GOLDEN RETRIEVER2568 GORDON SETTER56
GREAT DANE98 GREAT PYRENEES11
GREATER SWISS MOUNTAIN DOG90 GREYHOUND8
HARRIER15 HAVANESE527
HOVAWART3 IBIZAN HOUND2
IRISH RED & WHITE SETTER7 IRISH SETTER32
IRISH WATER SPANIEL19 IRISH WOLFHOUND28
ITALIAN GREYHOUND239 JACK RUSSELL TERRIER151
JAPANESE CHIN (JAP. SPANIEL)8 KARELIAN BEAR DOG2
KEESHOND45 KERRY BLUE TERRIER9
KOMONDOR15 KOOIKERHONDJE2
KUVASZ 14 LABRADOR RETRIEVER 4202
LAKELAND TERRIER1 LEONBERGER 54
LHASA APSO18 LO-SZE-PUGG, AMERICAN3
LOWCHEN35 MALTESE2
MANCHESTER TERRIER, STANDARD2 MASTIFF (ENGLISH)368
MI-KI7 MINIATURE BULL TERRIER10
MINIATURE PINSCHER15 MINIATURE SCHNAUZER145
MIXED BREED1 NEWFOUNDLAND62
NORFOLK TERRIER24 NORTH AMERICAN SHEPHERD61
NORWEGIAN BUHUND21 NORWEGIAN ELKHOUND45
NORWICH TERRIER27 NOVA SCOTIA DUCK TOLLING RETRIEVER115
OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG110 OTTER HOUND1
PAPILLON211 PEKINGESE1
PETITE BASSET GRIFFON VENDEEN35 PHAROAH HOUND3
POINTER14 POLSKI OWCZAREK NIZINNY (SHEEPDOG)38
POMERANIAN11 POODLE (STANDARD, MINIATURE, TOY)15
POODLE, MINIATURE302 POODLE, STANDARD445
POODLE, TOY227 PORTUGUESE WATER DOG768
PUG75 PULI26
RAT TERRIER1 RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK94
ROTTWEILER266 SALUKI 4
SAMOYED507 SCHIPPERKE41
SCOTTISH DEERHOUND1 SIBERIAN HUSKY381
SILKY TERRIER 2 SKYE TERRIER4
SMOOTH FOX TERRIER 9 SOFT COATED WHEATEN TERRIER162
SPINONE ITALIANO14 ST. BERNARD1
STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER (ENG.)22 STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER (AMERICAN)9
SPINONE ITALIANO14 ST. BERNARD1
STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER (ENG.)22 STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER (AMERICAN)9
STANDARD SCHNAUZER62 SUSSEX SPANIEL9
SWEDISH VALLHUND2 TIBETAN SPANIEL53
TIBETAN TERRIER286 TREEING WALKER1
VIZSLA 23 WEIMARANER 21
WELSH CORGI, CARDIGAN 43 WELSH CORGI, PEMBROKE265
WELSH SPRINGER SPANIEL 63 WELSH TERRIER5
WEST HIGHLAND WHITE TERRIER1 WHIPPET 332
WIREHAIRED FOX TERRIER1 WIREHAIRED POINTING GRIFFON8
YORKSHIRE TERRIER7    


DX SPOTLIGHT

CATARACTS- A Common Ocular Disease In Dogs

Sheryl Krohne, DVM, MS  Diplomate ACVOACVO Genetics Committee/CERF Liaison


CERF New Policy about Permanent ID

Starting from January 1, 2001, CERF adopted a policy that a permanent identification in the form of DNA profile, microchip or tattoo will be needed for any dog to be registered. Dogs not permanently identified will continue to be CERFed; however, they will be issued a number suffix "N" indicating that the dog has no permanent identification. For example:

        With permanent identification LR-54321

        Without permanent identification LR-54321N

This will affect all forms with examination dates after February 28, 2001. Please notify CERF when your dog receives a permanent ID and we will update our records and re-issue a certificate.

New Kennel Rate Fees

We now offer a kennel rate for owners who are sending in 10 or more exam forms for certification that are to be sent back to one owner. This rate is $7.50 for each registration regardless of whether it is new or a re-certification. We have offered this price break to show our appreciation for those breeders who understand the importance of certifying their animals. Thanks for your concern in doing what is best for your animal as well as your breed.




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