The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and The Kennel Club (KC) Elbow Dysplasia Scheme assesses dogs’ x-rays to look for abnormalities in elbow joints. A panel of experts provide a graded score for each x-ray. Your vet can organise this for you and will send the x-rays off to be scored and will relay your dog’s results to you.
Each elbow joint x-ray is assessed by BVA/KC scrutineers and the degree of elbow dysplasia present is indicated by a scale of 0 to 3 (0 being the best and 3 being the most severe). Only the highest grade of the two elbows is taken as the elbow grade for that dog.
For further information on the scheme, please visit the BVA website.