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Orthopedic Foundation for Animals - OFA

The Mission of the OFA

To promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease


The OFA is guided by the following four specific objectives:

  • To collate and disseminate information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals.

  • To advise, encourage and establish control programs to lower the incidence of orthopedic and genetic diseases.

  • To encourage and finance research in orthopedic and genetic disease in animals.

  • To receive funds and make grants to carry out these objectives.


The OFA Databases

The OFA databases are core to the organization’s objective of establishing control programs to lower the incidence of inherited disease.  Responsible breeders have an inherent responsibility to breed healthy dogs.  The OFA databases serve all breeds of dogs and cats, and provide breeders a means to respond to the challenge of improving the genetic health of their breed through better breeding practices.  The testing methodology and the criteria for evaluating the test results for each database were independently established by veterinary scientists from their respective specialty areas, and the standards used are generally accepted throughout the world. The OFA databases are OFA/MU DNA Test, Cardiac Disease, Congenital Deafness, Elbow Dysplasia, Eye Database, Hip Dysplasia, Legg-Calve-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Sebaceous Adenitis, Shoulder OCD, Thyroid,Tracheal Hypoplasia, OFA Pilot Database and Other DNA Databases  and are expanded as more tests become available.


OFA DNA Testing

The OFA now offers DNA based disease testing through an exclusive license arrangement with the University of Missouri. 

All tests offered as well as information about kits, etc. are on the OFA's DNA Test page.

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