CVMA-ACMV

Body Scoring

When body scoring animals, it is important to palpate the animal as well as to make a visual assessment. Since different body scoring systems for the same species exist, be sure to identify the score of the affected animal(s) out of the potential range (e.g. 2/5 or 7/9). Veterinarians who are asked to act as expert witnesses should consider including a body score chart with the written report for the court.

Dogs and Cats

ASPCA Body Score Assessment

Tufts Animal Care and Condition

Purina Body Condition System for Cats

Horses

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/horses/facts/98-101.htm

DairyCattle

http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/files/pb6492-cattle-scoring-diary020130.pdf

Beef Cattle

http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/files/pb6491-cattle-scoring-020130.pdf

Pigs

http://www.nfacc.ca/pdfs/codes/Pigs%20Code%20of%20Practice.pdf

http://www.nfacc.ca/pdfs/codes/media-releases/Pig%20Code%20Dec%202010.pdf

http://www.defra.gov.uk/publications/files/pb7950-pig-code-030228.pdf

Sheep

http://www.nfacc.ca/pdfs/codes/Sheep%20Code%20of%20Practice.pdf

http://adlib.everysite.co.uk/resources/000/015/571/PB5162.pdf