The English Shetland Sheepdog Club


Eye Testing Session - ESSC Ch Show, Saturday 14 October 2017

The Club will be holding an eye testing session at our Championship Show on Saturday, 14 October 2017 with BVA panellist, John Goodyear BVM&S CertVOphthal MRCVS. The cost per dog will be £40, or for dogs of 8 years or over £34, provided that a minimum of 25 dogs participate in the eye testing session. You will need to bring each dog’s registration papers to the session, and it should also have some form of permanent identification, e.g. microchip. Any dogs to be tested which are not entered into the show must be entered Not For Competition by the closing date for entries – NFC entries are FREE at this show.

As advised in previous communications, the Club wishes to improve the quality of the data available on GPRA in Shetland Sheepdogs, and to this end the Club will subsidise BVA/KC eye tests carried out at the show on the following basis:

  • 100% refund for dogs of 5 years of age and over

  • 50% refund for dogs of 3 and 4 years of age

Reimbursement will be made on receipt of:

  • A copy of the eye certificate

  • Provision of a DNA sample by cheek swab from dogs of 8 years of age or over, whether or not the eye examination is positive for GPRA.

DNA testing for MDR1 & CEA/CH will also be available. See the form below for more details.

If you wish to book an eye test for your Sheltie(s), please complete and return the form by email to or by mail to: Marion Withers, 113 Andrewes House, Barbican, London EC2Y 8AY.

There are two options for the form:



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