We offer BVA eye test clinics by our BVA certified panellist Dr. Christiane Kafarnik on Friday mornings. The ECVO eye test and certificate will be issued by all board certified ophthalmologist of our team and can be booked in the routine clinic.
Changes to BVA Eye Testing Due to COVID-19
- If you or a member of your household is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever and/or a new or persistent cough, please contact Reception as soon as possible to reschedule the appointment.
- Owners must remain in the car for the duration of the testing. Dogs will be brought in to the hospital by a member of the Ophthalmology team for the examination.
- Owners will be required to apply eye drops upon arrival under the direction of a member of the Ophthalmology team.
- Owners are required to bring the following to their appointment:
- Original kennel club paperwork
- Microchip certificate
- Pen and clipboard (or other surface to write on)
- Mobile phone
- Please be aware that waiting times may be longer than usual due to the additional measures in place.
To register your interest, please email QMHBVAenquiry QMHBVAenquiry@rvc.ac.uk with your full name, mobile number, pet(s) name(s), breed(s) and age(s). Please note we may not be able to offer an immediate appointment, but we will endeavour to accommodate as much as possible.
Please arrive 20 minutes before your appointment time to allow us to apply eye drops prior to the test and give you time to fill out and complete all relevant paperwork.
On arrival, please let our reception team know which test is required for your dog:
- gonioscopy (“glaucoma” test with a contact lens) only
- routine BVA eye test only
- gonioscopy and routine BVA eye test
Please let us know immediately if you cannot make this appointment as we can then offer the slot to another client.
In order for us to complete the BVA/KC/ISDS or ECVO certificate you must bring:
- Your dog(s) original kennel club registration documents
- Microchip documents
All animals, including puppies, need to be microchipped prior their appointment. This is a requirement of the BVA eye and ECVO scheme otherwise the eye test cannot be performed. (Please note: microchipping cannot be provided in our hospital.)
If your dog is 12 months or older and one of the breeds listed below, gonioscopy is necessary in order to issue a full certificate. The gonioscopy must be done once every three years.
- American Cocker Spaniel
- Basset Hound*
- Border Collie
- Cocker Spaniel
- Dandie Dinmont Terrier*
- English Springer Spaniel
- Flat Coated Retriever*
- Golden Retriever
- Great Dane
- Hungarian Vizsla
- Japanese Shiba Inu*
- Siberian Husky
- Spanish Water Dog*
- Welsh Springer Spaniel
- Welsh Terrier
*These breed only require gonioscopy.
What is Gonioscopy?
Gonioscopy is an examination of the drainage angle within the eye, using a specially designed contact lens. Occlusion or partial occlusion of the drainage angle can lead to increase of pressure within the eye (= Glaucoma). Your dog cannot feel the contact lens because we apply a drop of a local anaesthetic on the eye and some eye gel/watery eye drops before the test. This eye drop is called Proxymetacaine hydrochloride 0.5%.
What is a routine BVA eye examination?
Prior to the examination an eye drop will be given to keep the pupil stay wide during the examination. This eye drop is called Tropicamide 1%/Mydriacil® 1% and will act within approximately 15-30 min. and will last 6-12 hours. This allows us to examine structures inside the eye (for example lens and retina).
Cost of examinations
|Routine eye examination||Charge per dog including certificate (inc VAT)|
Additional dogs (same owner)
|Group testing (25 or more dogs)||£43|
|Dogs over eight years old||£34|
|Gonioscopy||Charge per dog including certificate (inc VAT)|
|Performed at same time as
routine eye examination
|Litter screening||Charge per dog including certificate (inc VAT)|
1 - 3 puppies
|Extra certificates||Charge per certificate (inc VAT)|
|Duplicate copy of certificate||£38|
If your dog is not compliant with a conscious eye examination and shows signs of aggression, we will be unable to provide sedation. In the extremely rare situation that the BVA eye examination cannot be completed, because sedation would be required, a fee of £25 will apply.
Payment is required at the time of testing. We accept cash/cheques and all major credit cards.
We recommend that all animals be appropriately vaccinated before coming to the RVC. For health and safety of all our patients it is the RVC policy that all clients keep their dogs on leads or in crates at all times.
In the unlikely event of a reaction to the eye drops listed you can contact us at any time after the eye test. If your dog has shown any irritation/allergic reaction to the eye drops listed (Proxymetacaine/Tropicamide) in the past, please let us know in advance so that we can use an alternative.