AVCIM Registry of Cardiac Health
The idea for ARCH began a few years ago when several Board Certified Cardiologists felt that there was a need to create a new Registry and Database that would certify and list purebred and mixed breed dogs and cats that were evaluated by ONLY Board Certified Cardiologists. In many areas of the country, General practioners can evaluate dogs and these auscultation results are still accepted by OFA due to the shortages of Board Certified Specialist in some rural areas. Veterinarians on the Board of ACVIM believed that only Board Certified Cardiologists should be used to certify dogs being listed in any Cardiac Registry. So, the plans began to develop this idea.
Although, the ACKCSC does not require that Cavalier owners and breeders participate in ARCH or obtain an ARCH certification for a CHIC number, it is highly recommend that you have your Cavalier evaluated by a Board Certified Veterinary Cardiologist and ask if they participate in the ARCH registration. Before you go for your appointment or to a health clinic, inquire if the cardiologist doing the auscultation is familiar with the ARCH procedures and will take the time to go up on his/her computer and fill in your form so that your dogs can be included in the ARCH Database. It is recommended that everyone go up on the ARCH website and familiarize yourself with the site and the procedure for entering your dogs in the database, obtaining a password so that your Cardiologist will be able to access your group of dogs and record your results.
Since ARCH (ACVIM Registry of Cardiac Health) is administrated by the ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine), any Cavaliers that have been added to the database will create a bank of knowledge for researchers to draw upon as new research grants and projects become established. This registry offers reliable certification to breeders and pet owners that their animals are free of congenital and adult onset heart disease, and exams are conducted solely by Board-certified veterinary cardiologists. This cardiac certification will potentially impact the long term health of dogs and cats, as well as, assisting breeders in screening for both congenital and inherited cardiac disease which will ultimately improve diagnosis, treatment and care in the future.
We suggest that you visit the ARCH site for more information about this Registry and how to find Board Certified Cardiologists in your area. There are downloadable forms for both congenital and adult on-set evaluations that you can fill out and store for when you go to your auscultation examination.
WEBSITE LINK: http://www.archcertify.org/
ACKCSC Health Committee, Bettina Sterling, Chair