Canine Hip & Elbow Dysplasia Scheme


Transfer of management to ANKC

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd (ANKC) jointly established the Canine Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Scheme in January 2000, and since that time the AVA has been responsible for administering the scheme from its Canberra office.

The AVA has now ceased participation in the scheme, and ANKC Ltd became the sole manager of the scheme on 30 April, 2016.

To continue using the CHEDS scheme, send submissions directly to a member of the ANKC Ltd Radiologist Panel. Full details of the submission process including contact details for the ANKC Radiologist Panel are available from the ANKC website:

Members should base decisions about the appropriate method for screening for Canine Hip Dysplasia on the best evidence currently available. Coxofemoral laxity is considered to be the best phenotypic predictor of hip dysplasia, and is able to be determined at an early age.

Current schemes test for slightly different criteria. The CHEDS scheme is weighted towards secondary joint changes associated with hip dysplasia, and these may not be fully evident at 12 months of age and often not before 24 months of age.

The PennHIP® scheme assesses hip laxity, and this can be assessed as early as 4 months of age. For more information on PennHIP® see:

PennHIP® training is now available online.