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The HD-ED Scoring Portal to Germany

The HD-ED Portal
Is an opportunity to get GSD hip and elbow x-rays examined and scored by DZG located in Germany.


The Portal is open for any GSD of at least 12 months of age and whom is own by a person who subscribes to WGSDCA Social membership (here) or Individual membership (here).


  • To provide an alternative and independent option for hip and elbow x-ray examination and scoring.

  • To support GSD owners who wish to align with the WUSV Breed Program (here). You must use an accredited Australian Foreign Veterinary Radiologist (more info here) if you intend to use the HD-ED result as part of the WUSV Breed Program as this program requires two different flexed ML projections for each elbow joint (more info here).

DZG provides HD-ED scoring services to many umbrella organisations, incl. WUSV
The Dysplasia Zentre Gießen, DZG, is an
independent institute dedicated to diagnostic imaging of skeletal dysplasia in small animal, including hip dysplasia (HD) and elbow dysplasia (ED). (website: here)

The hip and elbow scoring specialists are all accredited members of GRSK e.V. whom is the German equivalent to the Radiology Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS,
  Click here for more information about the DZG HD/ED Expert Panel.

The DZG will examine and score x-rays as standard practice for SV & WUSV

Which Vet?
You may choose any Australian vet who you trust has the expertise to provide good quality of x-ray images.
You may choose to use an Australian Foreign Veterinary Radiologist (here).

What's an Australian accredited Foreign Veterinary Radiologist (FVR)?
An accredited Foreign Veterinary Radiologist (FVR) has successfully passed the x-ray image quality Scheme developed by the DZG and recognised by the WUSV. 

A FVR will take two different projections of the elbows to give the best information about the shape and structure of the elbows (more info here).

You can recommend the FVR Accreditation Scheme to your vet (more info here).

WUSV recommends two x-ray projections for each elbow joint

What is common practice for hip and elbow x-rays?
Most countries with a mainstream HD-ED screening program (e.g. Australia) only request one type of flexed ML view.

WUSV recommends two elbow projections to safeguard against misinterpretations of changes at the medial coronoid process.

How do HD-ED scores across various mainstream Schemes compare?

The table below provides a ROUGH comparison of HD scores. Source: here
Note: DZG advises that hip joint with 8 in the UK/NZ/AU Scheme will be at at least a "C" in the FCI Scheme.

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The table below provides a ROUGH comparison of ED scores. Sources: here & here

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The vast majority of various national/international elbow dysplasia screening programs are based on the protocol of the International Elbow Working Group (IEWG, here). Dr. Tellhelm is on the IEWG Board. The protocol includes a mandatory mediolateral (ML) flexed projection of each elbow joint. IEWG recommends an additional ML flexed projection (about 40° and 100°) and a cranio-caudal oblique (15°) view.

Step-by-Step | For GSD Owners


  • You must subscribe to WGSDCA membership.

  • Your dog must be at least 12 months of age and identifiable via the microchip or tattoo number indicated on the Pedigree Certificate.

  • The elected veterinarian must have a veterinary practitioners board license. More vet info here.

1. Get your HD-ED Score Sheets: here (AUD160.00)

  1. Note: An additional fee, AUD60.00, is added if you want an assessment of the lumbosacral junction (OCD @ L7:os) as well.

  2. The WGSDCA will email you the sheets with the provided info. The onus is on you to ensure that the animal comply with the details provided above and that you provide the correct details on the Sheets. Fees are non-refundable.

2. Take the Score Sheets & Pedigree Certificate to the Vet

The vet must a) confirm the identify of the dog, b) fill out the designated "vet information field' in the Score Sheets, and c) sign and return the Sheets to you.


*You must get a copy of the electronic x-rays (DICOM format only) if you choose to use a vet whom is not an accredited FVR. Make sure such vet can provide such format to you.


If you use an Australian FVR, then they will submit the x-rays directly to Germany.


If DZG deems x-rays to be of poor quality must be repeated at the owner's expense.

3. Return the Score Sheets to WGSDCA by using this form to upload electronic copies of said forms. No Fee

     *You must also upload the DICOM files if you chose a vet whom is not an accredited FVR.

4. DZG will examine and score the x-rays and the results will be returned to you via WSGDCA.

    Results will be recorded in the WGSDCA HD/ED database

List of accredited Foreign Veterinary Radiologist in Australia

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Dr. Blackwell


03 6362 2108

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Dr. McKean


02 6921 3462

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Dr. Skilling



07 4928 2593

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Participation Criteria For Veterinary Practices, Clinics, Hospitals

  • The Veterinarian holds a Veterinary Board Registration Number.

  • The veterinary practice, clinic, hospital must be able to generated digital hip and elbow radiographs in DICOM format. No other formats will be accepted by the DZG.

  • Get a copy of the Veterinarian Invitation Letter here.


Register For Initial Assessment| Service provided by DZG HD/ED Expert Panel

  • Complete and submit the online form available here (AUD325.00).

  • On receipt of payment, the WGSDCA will provide the details for the registration of an account on the HD-ED portal system used in Germany, where after you upload digital hip and elbow radiographs for three (3) German Shepherd Dogs. You may use x-rays images already on file.

  • The HD-ED Expert Panel in Germany will assess the quality of the submitted images, and if deemed in order, then you are eligible to enroll in the full Program to become a certified Foreign Veterinary Radiologist for the German HD-ED Expert Panel who governs the WUSV and SV HD/ED Screening Program - see below.

  • Should the submitted images fail the quality requirements as stipulated by the HD-ED Expert Panel, then you are entitled for a refund of AUD250.00. This will be administrated by WGSDCA.


Enrollment & Certification as a Foreign Veterinary Radiologist

  • Enroll into the Program using the Form available here (AUD325.00).

  • The Certification Process entails a webinar and examination in the material provided.

  • The HD-ED Expert panel may request you to submit additional x-rays for further quality assessment.

  • On receipt of payment, the DZG will provide you with a password for material download. The material covers the technical requirements and the basics of the HD-ED Screening Program as undertaken in Germany.

  • The DZG runs MCQ examinations frequently - and you are free to choose one that fits your schedule. 

  • A Foreign HD-ED Radiologist Certificate will be issued if passing the initial assessment and subsequent examination.

  • You are now licensed to submit digital HD-ED radiographs for German Shepherd Dogs residing in Australasia on the provision that the owners of such GSDs present with the appropriate paperwork as dictated by the HD-ED Expert Panel in Germany and administrated through the WGSDCA.

  • The Foreign Radiologist license is valid for 4 years, whereafter the HD/ED Expert Panel will review your portfolio. Your license will be renewed for another 4 years if no concerns are flagged. (no fee)