Health Clinics

Health Clinics

Please refer to the National Specialty schedule for any changes.

General questions can be sent to: grhealthclinic@gmail.com.

Thank you everyone for the ongoing support for the Golden Retriever National Specialty Health clinics. The clinic doctors and volunteers are all looking forward to seeing you in Ocala.

Heart Clinic - Requires pre-payment with pre-registration

Dr. Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Tuesday, October 26 thru Friday, October 29, 2021 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dr. Stern and his team will be providing cardiovascular evaluations that support the Golden Retriever Club of America and ongoing cardiovascular research into diseases that affect golden retrievers like SAS and Nutritionally-mediated DCM.

We will be providing the highest level of cardiac clearance using the OFA’s Advanced Cardiac Database. Pre-registration is required to schedule your evaluations. After registration you will be contacted by the Stern Lab to complete your forms and schedule the appointment. Registrants who pre-register, will pay just $240 to the GRCA at the time of registration. Auscultation Only clearances will be performed on the legacy form and are not available for Advanced Database Clearance. Registration is also required. Registrants who pre-register will pay just $60 to the GRCA at the time of registration. Registration is through the GRCA Store.

Pricing:

  • Pre-Registration ECHO/AUSCULTATION $240
  • Walk-in ECHO/AUSCULTATION (as time allows) $275
  • Pre-Registration AUSCULTATION $60 Walk-in AUSCULTATION $65

You will be notified of your appointment time via email after the Judging schedule is published. Discount stickers for submission to OFA will be available at the clinic.

OFA Eye Certification Examinations - Requires pre-payment with pre-registration

Ralph Hamor, DVM, DAVOM

Wednesday, October 27 and Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (subject to change based on interest)

Pricing:

  • $50 per dog pre-registered online with major credit card payment
  • $55 day of clinic walk in (as time allows) per dog credit card/ money order or check

This is a cash free clinic. Discount stickers for submission to OFA will be available at the clinic.

Pigmentary Uveitis Research Clinic - This clinic is free but requires pre-registration

Wendy Townsend, MS, DVM, DAVOM

Tuesday, October 26 thru Thursday, October 28, 2021

Dr. Wendy Townsend, MS, DVM, DAVOM of Purdue University and a primary researcher into PU will be performing ultrasounds of Golden Retriever eyes. This non-invasive procedure is free of charge, is not painful or uncomfortable and has the potential to provide critical information for continuing research into this disease.

Dr Townsend will examine any Golden Retrievers, healthy eyes or otherwise, 6 years and older. Goldens without pedigrees or those from a rescue situation are more than welcome to become a part of this research project. Dependent on the interest in this year’s clinic, the age requirement is subject to change.

Dr Townsend is strongly encouraging Golden Retrievers 12 years and older and those previously seen at PU clinics to participate in this year’s clinic. A gift of appreciation will be given to Goldens 12 years and older who have pre-registered for the clinic. The clinic is limited to 125 dogs. Appointments will be arranged once judging schedules are announced.

Pre-registrations will be confirmed and response to emails will be answered beginning Sept 25, 2021. Pre-registration ends Oct 16, 2021.

DNA Blood Draw Clinic • CHIC BANK

Michael A Lappin, DVM

Tuesday, October 26 thru Friday, October 29, 2021

CHIC BANK: The Golden Retriever Foundation is once again combining its ongoing DNA blood collection project. There is no charge for the blood draws or shipping. GRF also absorbs the OFA CHIC fee for Goldens. For donating blood to the GRF projects with OFA and Broad Institute, please print out the CHIC DNA Bank Application and Survey, fill it out and bring it with you to the clinic.

DNA Blood Draw Clinic • Golden Retriever Health panel - Requires pre-payment with pre-registration

Michael A Lappin, DVM

Tuesday, October 26 thru Friday, October 29, 2021

Pricing:

  • UC Davis Golden DNA panel - $80
    • Golden DNA Panel includes PRA1, PRA2, PRA-prcd, ICH1, NCL, CMS, DM, SAN
  • Golden diversity test - $50
  • Combo for $130

For more information on the Canine Diversity test, including the “access Mating Tool” to do test breedings, please visit the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at UC Davis website.

The Golden Retriever Health Panel

DNA Blood Draw Clinic • ICH 1/ ICH 2 through PennGen - Requires pre-payment with pre-registration

Michael A Lappin, DVM

Tuesday, October 26 thru Friday, October 29, 2021

Pricing:

  • ICH 2 - $75
  • Combined ICH 1/ ICH 2 - 100

How to request test: Go to the PennGen website and select which test you want. You will need to create an account, then the animal record. In the comments, be sure to add "GRCA Health Clinic Discount". You may not get the discount if you fail to add this. Request a new test. You will need to complete the form, print it out at the end and bring it with you. They will not accept handwritten forms. The form will not show the discount, but it will be applied when they process the sample IF you put GRCA Health Clinic Discount in the comments. GRCA/GRF will cover the cost of shipping.