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    There is currently still no database for PRA correct?
    I just ordered the test for my dogs and took advantage of the winter sale. I'm planning on taking the swab sample myself with a witness present, is this the route most of you also took?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kolanski View Post
    There is currently still no database for PRA correct?
    I just ordered the test for my dogs and took advantage of the winter sale. I'm planning on taking the swab sample myself with a witness present, is this the route most of you also took?
    No database for just PRA. Optigen does not have a public database. However, you can submit results to OFA (with a fee) to be added to the dog's OFA "page."

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    Rather than read 13 pages, Is PRA the same as retinal dysplasia? Eye exam results from Vet Opth still go to CERF?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LabskeBill View Post
    Rather than read 13 pages, Is PRA the same as retinal dysplasia? Eye exam results from Vet Opth still go to CERF?
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    PRA is progressive retinal atrophy. Retinal dysphasia is RD. OSD oculoskeletal dysplasia. Go to the optigen website.

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    Most of the eye drs. are switching over to OFA ... last year the eye dr I went to was using up his CERF forms, and then switching over to only OFA forms at his clinics. If your dr gives you a CERF form, you can submit it directly to OFA regardless.

    My sense would be that CERF will "fade away" since with OFA doing records directly, there is really no longer a necessity for CERF.

    As I understand it, CERF had administrative problems that impacted both the consumer of their services and the doctors. The OFA forms are easier to fill out than filling in all those boxes for CERF info.

    Also, CERF was always a couple of years behind in aggregating its data from the forms submitted. That meant that it was harder to see what trends were developing in a breed. Then, if you wanted the data, you had to pay CERF for their reports of that cumulative data. OFA, since they already have all the background data-aggregation software in place, make that cumulative info easier to access for everyone.
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    How does a person submit their CERF results to get it listed on the OFA database?
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    Look at the back of your CERF exam form. Send in the CERF exam to CERF and they will send the results to OFA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firehouselabs View Post
    Look at the back of your CERF exam form. Send in the CERF exam to CERF and they will send the results to OFA.
    Here's the exact procedure, from OFA site if your ACVO use CERF form but want it recorded at OFA health database.

    Can I submit a CERF exam form to the OFA’s Eye Certification Registry?

    Since the exam data is the same, the OFA will accept submissions recorded on CERF exam forms. However, so the owner’s intent is clear, the OFA will require a signed note from the owner or authorized agent indicating they would like the exam results entered into the OFA Eye Certification Registry, and accompanying payment must be made to the OFA. If a submission includes a check payable to CERF, the application will be returned.
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