The purpose of the BCA Ambassador for Health program is to promote betterment of the Bulldog breed through health testing by recognizing Bulldogs, owned by BCA members, which have met specific health testing requirements.
All Ambassador for Health Recipients may be viewed at the links below. PDF reader required.
2012 AFH Awards
2013 AFH Awards
2014 AFH Awards
2015 AFH Awards
2016 AFH Awards
2017 AFH Awards
The program has 5 levels of recognition – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond.
Passing results are required on all eligible certifications except DNA based health screenings (passing results eligible for certification are defined by OFA). Any result will be accepted for DNA based health screenings, including but not limited to, Clear, Carrier or Affected. All results, including DNA specific results, must be submitted to OFA and be verifiable in their public database.
OFA Congenital Cardiac (all certifications accepted, Echo preferred)
OFA Patellar Luxation
OFA Tracheal Hypoplasia
OFA Elbow Dysplasia
OFA Hip Dysplasia
Eligible DNA based health screenings:
Type 3 Cystinuria DNA Marker
The requirements for each certificate level are:
Bronze – successful completion of any 4 of the eligible certifications/DNA screenings
Silver – successful completion of any 5 of the eligible certifications/DNA screenings
Gold – successful completion of any 6 of the eligible certifications/DNA screenings
Platinum – successful completion of 7 of the eligible certifications/DNA screenings
Diamond - successful completion of all eligible certifications/DNA screenings
Age Notes for the Ambassador for Health Award:
Congenital Cardiac, Patellar Luxation, Tracheal Hypoplasia & Thyroid – Dogs must be 12 months of age or older on the date of the examination.
Hips/Elbow Dysplasia – Dogs must be 24 months of age or older at the time of the radiography.
A veterinary cardiologist, other veterinary specialist, or any veterinary practitioner may perform OFA cardiac testing. Certification by Echocardiogram is preferred.
The Bulldog that is applying for the Ambassador for Health award must be owned or co-owned by a BCA member in good standing. It is not necessary to be a BCA member at the time the tests were performed.
Each eligible Bulldog will be awarded a certificate suitable for framing which indicates the level of achievement and details the health certifications the dog has successfully completed.