The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health program born from the collaboration between the OFA, the AKC Canine Health Fund and parent breed clubs. The first mission of the CHIC program is to provide, thanks to assistance from parent clubs, recommended guidelines for health testing. If a dog has the required testing submitted to the OFA, it gains the “Canine Health” or CHIC certification, showing that all appropriate testing has been submitted to the public OFA databases. DNA testing results do not have to be clear/normal to obtain CHIC certification. The only implication is that all relevant breed screenings have been submitted. The dogs must also be identified permanently, via a microchip or a tattoo.
For Collies, the Collie Club of America has determined that the requirements for CHIC certification are submission of the following 3 DNA tests: Multi Drug Resistance 1 (MDR1), Progressive Retinal Atrophy rcd2 (PRA-rcd2), and Dermatomyositis (DMS). Once these three tests are submitted to OFA, a CHIC certificate will be emailed to you directly.
Example of a CHIC certificate for a Collie.
Unsure how to submit your DNA test results to obtain CHIC certification?
NEWS November 2023!!!
The Collie Health Foundation has voted to subsidize the submission of the three required CHIC Certification DNA tests to the OFA public database for CHF members, for a value of $30 per dog. CHF can only subsidize this submission for up to a maximum of 19 dogs per person per year. Reimbursement will require submission of CHIC certificates. This subsidy is retroactive and may be requested for any purebred rough or smooth Collie, owned by a CHF member, that received their CHIC certification between 1/1/2023 and 12/31/2023. You may use the form below to submit your reimbursement request, or email email@example.com for more details.