Health Resources

AVMA – American Veterinary Medical Association

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), established in 1863, is a not-for-profit association representing more than 85,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services.

AKCCHF – American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is the largest nonprofit organization funding exclusively canine health research. They provide a resource on current research, breed specific health concerns and general health information.

Animal Poison Control-ASPCA

Poison Emergency – Available 24 hours, 365 days for consults regarding animal poison-related emergency.  There is a fee for phone consultation.

Pet Poison Helpline

Poison Emergency -Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour animal poison control service available throughout the U.S. and Canada for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet.  There is a fee for phone consultation.

Veterinary Partner is here to support your veterinarian and you in the care of your companion animals by providing reliable, up-to-date animal health information from the veterinarians and experts of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), the world's first and largest online veterinary database and community

Morris Animal Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation is a global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine. Since our founding, we've invested more than $70 million toward more than 2,000 studies that have improved the health and quality of life for dogs, cats, horses and wild life in more than 150 countries around the world.

AAHA Healthy Pet – American Animal Hospital Association

Organization that accredits small animal hospitals throughout the US.  Hospitals have over 900 criteria to meet to become accredited.  This website is a source for current health trends, research and health concerns.

Canine Health Information Center – CHIC

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). The CHIC, working with participating parent clubs, provides a resource for breeders and owners of purebred dogs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds.
The CHIC also maintains a DNA Bank, co-sponsored by the OFA and the AKC/CHF, collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs.

Orthopedic Foundation for animals – OFA

OFA collects and shares information concerning orthopedic and genetic disease. In addition to assisting research and funding of research studies. 
The OFA database assists breeders by improving the genetic health of their breed through better breeding practices.

Canine Eye Registry Foundation – CERF

Organization dedicated to eliminating inherited eye diseases in purebred dogs.   Through registration, research and education.  Searchable database for dogs that have been tested, in addition to resources for veterinary specialists, upcoming clinics and eye health concerns.


The Pennhip organization develops and applies evidence-based technology to direct appropriate breeding strategies aimed at reducing in frequency and severity the osteoarthritis of canine hip dysplasia.  
PennHIP incorporates a method for evaluating the integrity of the canine hip. The technique measures quality of the canine hip and measures hip joint laxity.  In addition to testing criteria, the organization also lists Pennhip veterinarians and a medical database for scientific analysis.