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  • ~ The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals ~

      The OFA was a Founding Partner of the International Partnership for Dogs and an Initiating Partner for the HGTD Initiative.

      See OFA's About Us page at:


      The OFA is a participant in the IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.




      OFA's mission is to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease.

      Brief Bio: Today’s OFA Mission is, “To improve the health and well being of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease...”

      About Us:

      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.


      Non-profit Organization


      The OFA is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Besides John Olin, other well known dog people that have helped shape the organization over the years include Hayworth Hoch, Dr. Frank Boothe, Rachel Page-Elliott, and Muriel Freeman.

      "The OFA Databases and DNA Repository

      The OFA databases are central to the organization’s objective of establishing control programs to lower the incidence of inherited disease. They 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 OFA databases are expanded as more tests become available.

      The CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) database is a tool that collects health information on individual animals from multiple sources. This centralized pool of data is maintained to assist breeders in making more informed breeding choices, and for scientists in conducting research. The CHIC program is breed-specific. In order to be in this database, a dog must be CHIC Certified. Read more about the CHIC Certification program.

      The CHIC DNA Repository collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogical and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs. Read more about the DNA Repository.

      Separate from the DNA Repository, the OFA 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 DNA Test page."

      OFA's Breed Health Surveys:

      OFA's YouTube Channel

      The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals YouTube Channel features a video on using OFA in your practice.



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