The OFA created the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) by partnering with participating parent clubs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds. They have established a recommended protocol for breed-specific health screenings. Dogs tested in accordance with that protocol are recognized with a CHIC number and certification..
CHIC Fees - No Charge
All test results from the OFA and CERF are entered in the CHIC registry AUTOMATICALLY at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. All data from both of these registries will be available for researchers working on canine health problems.
The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
To provide a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists, that will assist in breeding healthy dogs by:
Working with parent clubs in the identification of health issues for which a central information system should be established;
Establishing and maintaining a central health information system in a manner that will support research into canine disease and provide health information to owners and breeders;
Requiring scientifically valid diagnostic criteria for the acceptance of information into the database;
And by basing the availability of information on individually identified dogs at the consent of the owner.
To qualify for CHIC, Cavaliers must be screened for Hip Dysplasia (OFA, Penn HIP or OVC), Cardiac (OFA - exam performed by Board Certified Cardiologist. Recommended Annually.), Patellar Luxation (OFA), and have a CERF eye examination. Although it is not required, it is recommended that an initial CERF exam be performed at 8-12 weeks, with a follow up exam once the dog reaches 12 months of age, annual exams thereafter until age 5, and every other year until age 9.
The CHIC website is located at https://www.ofa.org/about/chic-program#