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Canine Health

For Articles and Links to Canine Health related information, go to the dedicated webpage here

Hip and Elbow Scoring

From 1st May 2016 the following Specialist Radiologists comprise the ANKC CHEDS Readers panel.  These are the only hip and elbow readers accepted by the ANKC (for litter registration limitations e.g. Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, Flat Coated Retriever, Australian Shepherd, German Shepherd Dog, Rottweiler). PennHIP is not recognised by the ANKC for litter registration limitations. 

Dr Roger Lavelle
80 Ashworths Road
Lancefield Victoria 3435
Ph: 03 5429 1682

Dr Jennifer Richardson
PO Box 3477
Broadway Nedlands LPO WA 6009
Ph: 0417 911 246

Dr Mariano Makara
PO Box 634
Lane Cove NSW 1595
Ph: 0416 051 002
For more information about how to submit electronically to Dr Makara, please visit

Interpretation and use of hip scores

The hip assessment scheme in use in Australia is the same as that used by the BVA/KC (British Veterinary Association/The Kennel Club). An article on the interpretation and use of BVA/KC hip scores in dogs available from the BVA. Note; in Australia, AVA policy is that dogs should be anaesthetised for hip scoring.

Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Information on the Australian Canine Eye Scheme (ACES) is available from the website of the Australian Veterinary Association.  Veterinary ophthalmologists in Victoria are listed below.  They also conduct regular clinics in other locations.  See the relevant websites for further information on clinics nearest to you.

Animal Eye Care

Dr Robin Stanley
181 Darling Road
Malvern East, Victoria 3145
Ph: 9563 6488

All Animal Eye Services

Dr Andrew Turner
Dr Simon Hurn
Dr Jessica Nevile
5 Andrew Street
Mount Waverley, Victoria 3149
Ph: 9808 2822

Melbourne Eye Vet

Dr Chloe Hardman
Dr Anu O'Reilly
9-11 Miles Street
Mulgrave, Victoria
Ph: 1800 EYE VET


DNA Testing

Before beginning the process of testing, it is important that you read and understand the ANKC protocols for DNA testing. These will affect the manner in which you collect the sample from your dog. They can be found here under Section 6.2.10 – The Register and Registration.

The following laboratories do not all offer the same services or tests. It is important that you establish which test(s) you want done and confirm that the laboratory is able to do that test. If not, they will generally refer you on to one that can. Some tests cannot be done in Australia and the laboratories below will send DNA away to overseas laboratories that do the test.  If you are unsure about any aspect of DNA testing, please contact Canine Health & Wellbeing Committee

Orivet - for various tests
PO Box 110
St Kilda Vic 3182
Ph: 03 9534 1544

Gribbles Veterinary Pathology  (MDR1 Gene Test - for multi-drug sensitivities)
1868 Dandenong Road
Clayton Vic  3168
Ph: 9538 6740

Avonsleigh Veterinary Clinic
Dr John Hamilton
441 Belgrave - Gembrook Road,
Emerald  Vic   3782
Ph: 03 5968 3957

Ballarat Veterinary Practice
Dr Richard Lawrence and Dr Stewart Greedy
1410 Sturt Street
Ballarat  VIC  3350
Ph: 03 5331 1533 

Heart Testing
Dr Richard Woolley
Dr Woolley operates a specialist mobile, in-practice cardiorespiratory service for all of Melbourne.
He also has a clinic at the Melbourne University Veterinary Hospital in Werribee - see website for details.
Ph: 0410 363 620

MRI for Syringomyelia
Senior Lecturer, Veterinary Neurology
Veterinary Clinic and Hospital,
University of Melbourne Faculty of Veterinary Science
250 Princes Hwy
Werribee  VIC 3016
Ph: 9731 2000

The Veterinary School at Werribee has a dedicated on-site magnet (and anaesthetists), also a dedicated syringomyelia protocol. Other specialist centres include -

Advanced VetCare

Southpaws -

Pet Emergency and Specialist Centre
can access off site magnets, ask whether the magnet used is at least a 1.5 Tesla magnet (human magnets).  Also confirm charges. 

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