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IGDF Standards

The International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) is the industry-elected body responsible for the development, monitoring and evaluation of the standards applied within all IGDF-member organisations, and to which all Enquiring and Applicant organisations aspire, in order to ensure equity of high-quality service to guide dog users and Handlers around the world.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from IGDF Chair, Paul Metcalf


Following the decision to postpone the 2020 IGDF Seminar as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, IGDF and Mathilda Guide Dogs have been in discussion with the host venue to secure alternative dates.

I can now confirm that the Seminar has been rescheduled for 21-23 May 2021, with the Breeders Workshop taking place on 24 and 25 May 2021.

The IGDF Board hopes that the current travel restrictions will have lifted by that time and that our members and other delegates will be able to attend on these dates.

Options for the 2020 Annual General Meeting and Board elections are currently being considered by the Board and further information will be provided as soon as possible.




COVID -19 and animals - Latest advice from the WSAVA

The latest scientific information about COVID-19 and animals can be found at the following link:


Last updated: 23 April 2020


Would a Guide Dog Help Me?

There are approximately 90 IGDF member organisations around the world. Contact a Guide Dog organisation that services your area by following the links on this website and speak to them about how a Guide Dog can help you. You do not have to be totally blind to benefit from  a Guide Dog.

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