Inherited diseases are widespread among purebred dog populations and represent a significant welfare issues for afflicted breeds. A major focus of the Genetics team at the AHT is to identify the genetic mutations responsible for inherited diseases and develop robust diagnostic tests that can be used to identify the disease status at or shortly after birth, from a blood sample or a cheek swab. The tests provide valuable information that breeders can use to plan successful breeding strategies to avoid the birth of affected animals and to ultimately eliminate disease from the breeds at risk.
We also provide a quality DNA testing service to the veterinary profession, breeders and pet owners, including a comprehensive profiling and parentage service for dogs, cattle and horses.
Dr. Cathryn Mellersh heads up our Canine Genetics team to help identify genetic mutations in purebred dogs.
Our Equine Genetics Team are working on reducing inherited diseases in Thoroughbreds and pleasure horses and ponies.
TOOLS FOR BREEDERS
Tools to help eradicate inherited diseases in dogs developed in partnership with the Kennel Club.
We also provide a quality genetic testing service, including comprehensive profiling and parentage testing for dogs, horses and cattle