In May 2011, the New Zealand Kennel Club (now Dogs New Zealand) launched the Accredited Breeders Scheme, a voluntary scheme allowing accredited breeders to display the Accredited Breeders logo and thus be recognised by the public as meeting the highest possible standards. More importantly, the Scheme provides puppy buyers with the assurance that:
As part of the scheme, the NZKCs Canine Health Committee compiled a list of mandatory and optional health tests, specific to individual breeds, based on the following principals: that the tests be recognised, affordable and accessible. Gribbles Veterinary worked closely with the NZKC Canine Health Committee to ensure that their requirement for thyroid testing met these principles. This included the introduction to New Zealand of a number of previously unavailable tests for measuring thyroid function, and the creation of a discounted Dogs NZ approved thyroid panel.
For further information about the Accredited Breeders Scheme, please visit the official Dogs NZ Accredited Breeders Scheme website.