American Belgian Tervuren Club

Recommendations Regarding Health Care

The American Belgian Tervuren Club, Inc. recommends that in addition to the normal and ordinary veterinary care given to your Belgian Tervuren, the following veterinary services be obtained on each Tervuren:

  • That each Belgian Tervuren, regardless of its breeding status, have a hip x-ray and elbow x-ray done at two years of age and the x-rays be sent for certification/registration to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.
  • That each year, regardless of age and breeding status, a veterinary ophthalmologist examine the eyes of your Belgian Tervuren and submit the results of the examination of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER)

For more information, go to the OFA website Download the necessary forms and instructions at


2020 Belgian Tervuren Health Study

Hosted by the OFA, this study was designed by the ABTC Health Education Committee to help identiy significant health concerns and collect general information in the Belgian Tervuren breed. All owners are asked to fill out this survey for each Tervuren you have owned since 2014. Go to then scroll to “Belgian Tervuren 2020” and click on that link to participate in the survey.

 Stomach Cancer Study 

Dr. Elaine Ostrander at the National Human Genome Research Institute Dog Genome Project has taken on the study to determine the cause of stomach cancer in breeds that have an increased risk. The study was initiated by Dr. Elizabeth McNiel who has turned over the study to Dr. Ostrander.

We are interested in collecting blood samples and pedigrees from Belgian Tervuren that either:

  • have stomach cancer
  • or have no signs of stomach cancer and is at least 8 years old.

Contact the Ostrander Lab for more information:
Phone: (301) 451-9390
Fax: (301) 594-0023

Stomach Cancer Project Blood Draw Instructions

In addition to blood samples, tissue samples of the cancer are also valuable. The samples would need to be fresh frozen and sent to the Ostrander lab or placed immediately in RNAlater—a solution that the Ostrander lab can provide—and then shipped to the lab. Please contact the Ostrander lab directly if you think that you could provide a tissue sample.


The epilepsy study is current and ongoing.