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Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Receives Highest Level of Accreditation

November 06, 2020
The UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory recently achieved the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation by the American National Standards Institute National Accreditation Board, the highest level of accreditation available to testing laboratories. According to their website, ANAB is the largest multi-disciplinary accreditation body in the western hemisphere, with more than 2,500 organizations accredited in approximately 80 countries.

New Dog DNA Test: Cocoa Coat Color

June 30, 2020
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory is excited to announce the launch of a new dog coat color test for a visually distinct brown coat color, known as cocoa, that occurs in French Bulldogs.

New Horse DNA Tests Launched

June 11, 2020
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory has launched three new horse tests, one of which was researched and developed at the VGL.

Expanded Availability of Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM1) Test

June 11, 2020
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory is pleased to announce that it is now licensed to offer the Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM1) test to the general public as both a standalone test and part of a genetic disease panel for Quarter Horses and related breeds.

VGL's Dr. Rebecca Bellone Featured in Equine Veterinary Journal Podcast

May 21, 2020
In early April, VGL Director Dr. Rebecca Bellone joined the Equine Veterinary Journal podcast "EVJ in Conversation" to discuss catastrophic breakdown in racehorses as well as her recent paper, which found no evidence of linkage between catastrophic breakdown and the mutation that causes Warmblood fragile foal syndrome type 1 (WFFS).

Managing the Genetics of Chondrodystrophy (CDDY)

Chondrodystrophy occurs in many breeds, changing the character of all of the intervertebral discs at a young age and causing degenerative processes that predispose the discs to herniate. Unlike other disease-causing mutations found in dogs, the mutation that causes chondrodystrophy is not a change within a gene but is instead the insertion of an extra copy of a gene to a new location on a different chromosome.