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Health Awards

With the NCL-A Cerebellar Ataxia  test now available for American Staffordshire Terriers, the STCA  Health Committee has revised the awards system to include this test on all levels. To maintain the integrity of this database, we recommend that the DNA sample for this test be obtained by a veterinarian or veterinary technician who can verify the identity of  the dog being tested. The STCA has also joined the Canine Health Information (CHIC) database, and participants will be eligible for an STCA Health Committee CHIC award. Requirements for the CHIC database and all awards levels are listed below. To be eligible for a CHIC award, dogs need to complete the recommended tests and obtain a CHIC number. Passing scores are NOT required.

​Awards cycle is from Sept. 30th of previous year to Sept. 30th of current year. 

Contact: health@amstaff.org



Congratulations to the following 2013 STCA Health Awards recipients:

CHIC
Retro's Riptide BH,CD,SCHH1, CGC owner: Al Bincarousky
Retro's If You Have to Ask BH,CD, CGC, TT owner: Al Bincarousky
Ch. Blackjaks Casino AD,CD, CGC, TT, ROH owner: Al Bincarousky
Ch. Sagebrush Retrospect AD, BH, CD, CGC, TT, ROH owner: Al Bincarousky

BRONZE
Ch. Phoenix's ICU Lookin owner: Natasha Royal
Ch. Cicero's Royal Warrier Princess CGC owner: Natasha Royal
GrCh. Alpine's Highwayman CGC owners: Ed & Karen Thomason, Jessica Branch, and Shartone Janga
Ch. Alpine's Brownie Bottom Sundae owners: Karen & Ed. Thomason and Valerie Piltz

SILVER
Olmar Royal Blood owner: Oleg and Marina Nedoshytko
Retro's Riptide BH,CD, SCHHA, SCHH1, CGC owner: Al Bincarousky
Ch. Blackjaks Casino AD, CD, CGC, TT, ROH owner: Al Bincarousky
Ch. Blackjaks Where the Action Is CD, CGC, ROH owner: Al Bincarousky
Ch. Sagebrush Retrospect AD,BH, CD, DGD, TT, ROH owner: Al Bincarousky


Revised January 2009

With the NCL-A Cerebellar Ataxia test now available for American Staffordshire Terriers, the STCA Health Committee has revised the awards system to include this test on all levels. To maintain the integrity of this database, we recommend that the DNA sample for this test be obtained by a veterinarian or veterinary technician who can verify the identity of the dog being tested.

The STCA has also joined the Canine Health Information (CHIC) database, and participants will be eligible for an STCA Health Committee CHIC award. Requirements for the CHIC database and all awards levels are listed below. To be eligible for a CHIC award, dogs need to complete the recommended tests and obtain a CHIC number. Passing scores are NOT required.

GOLD Award
HIPS - OFA Good or excellent or Penn Hip score of .48 or lower
ELBOWS - OFA normal
CARDIAC - Normal Doppler by cardiologist
THYROID - OFA normal
EYES - CERF normal
CEREBELLAR ATAXIA - NCL-A test normal


SILVER Award
HIPS - OFA normal (fair, good, or excellent) or Penn Hip score of .57 or lower
CARDIAC - Normal auscultation or Doppler by cardiologist
ELBOWS - OFA normal
THYROID - OFA normal
CEREBELLAR ATAXIA - NCL-A test normal
BRONZE Award
HIPS - OFA normal (fair, good, or excellent) or Penn Hip score of .57 or lower
CARDIAC - Normal auscultation or Doppler by cardiologist
CEREBELLAR ATAXIA - NCL-A test normal


CHIC Certification
Passing scores are NOT required
HIPS - OFA or Penn Hip evaluation
CARDIAC DISEASE - OFA evaluation by cardiologist
THYROID - OFA evaluation from an approved laboratory
CEREBELLAR ATAXIA - NCL-A test through Optigen

Optional tests:
EYES - CERF
ELBOWS - OFA
  • For GOLD and SILVER awards, thyroid and eye tests must be renewed annually. You may re-apply for a new award each year on these levels.
  • Awards cycle is from Sept. 30th of previous year to Sept. 30th of current year.
  • OFA Hip and elbow certifications are acceptable from the dog's age of 2 years or older. Penn Hip evaluations and cardiac certifications are acceptable from 1 year of age. Thyroid and eye tests must be current..
  • Applicants must be STCA members in good standing.
  • The dog you are applying for must be currently alive.
  • Awards applications are available on the STCA Health page. To apply for an award, send copies of your health or CHIC certificates with an award application

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: Policies

"First generation offspring of Ataxia clear parents are eligible for CLEAR BY PARENTAGE designation.  See OFA policy below.  CLEAR BY PARENTAGE is acceptable for all levels of Health Awards.

Questions may be directed to Faith Beiser Tel# 718.356.0557

 

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