CERF stands for Canine Eye Registration Foundation
For all information - see the CERF website at www.vmdb.org
CERF was started by a group of owners and breeders who were concerned about the loss of quality in the lives of their dogs due to heritable eye diseases. Working in conjunction with cooperating Veterinary Opthamologists, CERF was established with the goal of eliminating heritable eye disease in dogs.
Most eye disease's can not be diagnosed with out a CERF exam.
CERF maintains a registry for dogs tested by certified ACVO (American College of Veterinary Opthamologists) opthamologists for major heritable eye disease. Its mission is two-fold. It offers immediate and thorough feedback on the condition of the eyes of any particular dog, which is valuable for breeding information. It also accumulates data, all the results are compiled and used by researchers to study possible trends.
CERF tests for a large variety of conditions and diseases -
CERF tests are exams. Each test result is separately listed on the CERF form and all the results are looked at as a whole in order to determine whether the dog will pass.
CERF testing is very helpful to breeders - it provides a wealth of information about their dogs. It's largest drawback has been it's accessibility. Many kennels are in remote country and there are no permanent Veterinary Opthamologists nearby. Hopefully the demand for these specialists will cause an increase their number.
If you would like to check some CERF numbers, CERF provides CERF Certification Online Verification on this page - http://www.vmdb.org/verify.html
*Purebred dogs are certified / registered in the CERF registry. Hybrids were certified / registered under CERF until Fall of 2005.