Hips: OFA and PennHIP
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
Founded and originally incorporated as a private not for profit foundation in 1966, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) has passed its 40th birthday and is moving into the future.
Its initial mission was to provide radiographic evaluation, data management, and genetic counseling for canine hip dysplasia. And, while the OFA continues to focus on hip dysplasia, today’s OFA Mission, “To improve the health and well being of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease,” reflects the organization’s expansion into other inherited diseases and other companion animals such as cats.
The OFA is guided by the following four specific objectives:
Please click here to access the official website for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
PennHIP is a not-for-profit program wholly owned and operated by the University of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to develop and apply evidence-based technology to direct appropriate breeding strategies aimed at reducing in frequency and severity the osteoarthritis of canine hip dysplasia.
PennHIP incorporates a different method for evaluating the integrity of the canine hip. It is accurate in puppies as young as 16 weeks of age. It has great potential to lower the frequency of CHD when used as a selection criterion.
Digital radiographic images can be sent to PennHIP electronically. The address is:
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
3800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Click here for more information on PennHIP and to access the official website for the University of Pennsylvania's Hip Improvement Program.