cerfCERF exams are performed on breeding dogs. The goal hereby is to minimize the frequency of inherited eye diseases in certain breeds. Generally, dogs used for breeding should be re-examined annually.
For more information about eye certification ask your breed-specific club, the AKC, or CERF.
What is CERF?

The Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) is an organization that was founded by a group of concerned, purebred owner/breeders who recognized that the quality of their dog's lives were being affected by heritable eye disease. CERF was then established in conjunction with cooperating, board certified, veterinary ophthalmologists, as a means to accomplish the goal of elimination of heritable eye disease in all purebred dogs by forming a centralized, national registry.

bluebookreport2009Ocular disorders, proven or presumed to be inherited in purebred dogs
What is the purpose of this book?
The Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF), other breed registry groups, breed clubs, and practicing veterinarians have requested that the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) provide a scientific advisory panel to furnish guidelines regarding ocular disorders of major concern to purebred dogs. The Genetics Committee of the ACVO was formed in response to these requests and is engaged in an ongoing effort to update information on ocular disorders proven or suspected to be hereditary in purebred dogs. The compendium of ocular disorders and breeding recommendations which follow are interim guidelines. They are reviewed annually and revised whenever additional information becomes available.