Health

The purpose of the Ambassador for Health program is to promote betterment of the Bulldog breed through health testing by recognizing Bulldogs, owned by Bulldog Club of Canada members, which have met specific health testing requirements.

The new program has 5 levels of recognition – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Passing results are required on all eligible certifications except DNA based health screenings (passing results eligible for certification are defined by OFA). Any result will be accepted for DNA based health screenings. All results must be submitted to OFA and be verifiable in their public database.

To apply for the Health Award, fill out the application here.

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Health

The purpose of the Ambassador for Health program is to promote betterment of the Bulldog breed through health testing by recognizing Bulldogs, owned by Bulldog Club of Canada members, which have met specific health testing requirements.

The new program has 5 levels of recognition – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. Passing results are required on all eligible certifications except DNA based health screenings (passing results eligible for certification are defined by OFA). Any result will be accepted for DNA based health screenings. All results must be submitted to OFA and be verifiable in their public database.

To apply for the Health Award, fill out the application here.

Eligible Certifications:

  • OFA Congenital Cardiac (all certifications accepted, Echo preferred)
  • OFA Patellar Luxation
  • OFA Tracheal Hypoplasia
  • OFA Thyroid
  • OFA Elbow Dysplasia
  • OFA Hip Dysplasia

Eligible DNA based health screenings:

  • Hyperuricosuria 

The requirements for each certificate level are:

 

Bronze

successful completion of any 3 of the eligible certifications/DNA screenings

Silver

successful completion of any 4 of the eligible certifications/DNA screenings

Gold

successful completion of any 5 of the eligible certifications/DNA screenings

Platinum

successful completion of 6 of the eligible certifications/DNA screenings

Diamond

successful completion of all eligible certifications/DNA screenings

Age Notes for the Ambassador for Health Award:

Congenital Cardiac, Patellar Luxation, Tracheal Hypoplasia & Thyroid – Dogs must be 12 months of age or older on the date of the examination.

Hips/Elbow Dysplasia – Dogs must be 24 months of age or older at the time of the radiography. A veterinary cardiologist, other veterinary specialist, or any veterinary practitioner may perform OFA cardiac testing. Certification by Echocardiogram is preferred.

In addition, any Bulldog receiving an Ambassador for Health certificate that has also participated in any BCA initiated or recognized research project will receive a Health Pioneer designation which will be included on their Ambassador for Health certificate.

General notes for the Health Pioneer designation:

  • OFA EYE is considered part of the Health Pioneer recognition since at this time the Ambassador for Health program is comprised of permanent certifications. A passing OFA EYE certificate that is current during the calendar year of the award is required. All tests must be submitted to OFA and be part of their public database.
  • Certificates for CHIC DNA repository and OFA Spinal Database may also be submitted for inclusion in the Health Pioneer designation.
  • Proof of participation is required for any other BCC initiated health studies in order to be included in the Health Pioneer designation.
  • The Health Pioneer can also be applied for as a stand-alone certificate. However, OFA EYE certification will not be considered for the stand-alone certification.
  • The Bulldog that is applying for the Ambassador for Health award must be owned or co-owned by a Bulldog Club of Canada member in good standing. It is not necessary to be a Bulldog Club of Canada member at the time the tests were performed.
  • Certificates will be awarded to all Bulldogs whose owners have submitted a completed application and the required verification to the Health Committee prior to our January Annual General Meeting. All awards are designed to be a one-time award for each recipient rather than a reoccurring, annual award. Additional levels can be applied for in subsequent years provided all required verification is provided to the Health Committee. Each eligible Bulldog will be awarded a certificate suitable for framing which indicates the level of achievement and details the health certifications the dog has successfully completed. Certificates can be picked up at the Annual General Meeting or will be mailed out following

Amanda Mcallister

Director of Health

Amanda oversees our Health Award Program and qualifies the bulldogs that have met the criteria for the awards.  Amanda also oversees our Recommended Veternarian Profile.  She is a tremendous asset to the club, our breeders and for those looking to learn about Health Testing our beloved breed.
Contact Amanda:

to apply for the health award program:

Amanda Mcallister Director of Health
Amanda Mcallister Director of Health

Amanda Mcallister

Director of Health

Amanda oversees our Health Award Program and qualifies the bulldogs that have met the criteria for the awards.  Amanda also oversees our Recommended Veternarian Profile.  She is a tremendous asset to the club, our breeders and for those looking to learn about Health Testing our beloved breed.
Contact Amanda:

to apply for the health award program: