The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) is a not-for-profit organization and their mission is to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.
The OFA collects and disseminates information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals. They advise, encourage and establish control programs to help lower the incidence of those diseases.
While the OFA’s initial focus was canine hip dysplasia, the mission has broadened to include cats and other genetic diseases, including patella luxation, autoimmune thyroiditis, congenital heart disease, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, shoulder osteochrondrosis, sebaceous adenitis, and congenital deafness. While some of these tests can be performed by a general veterinary practitioner others require a veterinary specialist.
OFA Certification for Hip and/or Elbow Dysplasia - Digital X-rays are taken (following the AVMA recommendations for positioning) and submitted to the OFA for evaluation.
For information, click here for the OFA official website.