The OFA databases are core to the organization’s objective of establishing control programs to lower the incidence of inherited disease. Responsible breeders have an inherent responsibility to breed healthy dogs. The OFA databases 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 testing methodology and the criteria for evaluating the test results for each database were independently established by veterinary scientists from their respective specialty areas, and the standards used are generally accepted throughout the world.
Partners of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) are the Canine health Information Center (CHIC), the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (CHF), the Morris Animal Foundation and the Animal Health Trust (AHT).