CEU Event: Genetic Testing Your Dog: Can you trust those health and breed results?

When: Ongoing
Where: Online


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Welcome to the age of genetic testing! Suddenly panels of genetic tests for dogs are relatively affordable for the average pet owner. These tests claim to tell you what your dog’s breed ancestry is (for those of us with mystery mixes) and to give you a heads-up about possible health issues. However, although similar direct-to-consumer testing is carefully regulated for humans, there is no regulation in place for them in veterinary medicine. Additionally, while trained genetic counselors are available to help interpret these results for your human family, no such speciality exists among veterinarians, and general practice veterinarians are not typically trained in this area. How much can we trust the results of these tests? Are some tests or companies more reliable than others? Dr. Hekman is a veterinarian and a genomics researcher who studies canine genetics. She will explain how these tests work, and will build on that explanation to explain the differences between various products, and which products are helpful in which situations. Learning Objectives: Be able to read canine ancestry results ("what breeds are in your mix?") with an understanding of which results are more or less reliable, and why. Evaluate different genetic testing companies with an understanding of which products are better for your needs. Understand and explain differences between health test results with traditional at risk/carrier/clear status versus those with more complex interpretation. Describe the basics of how genetic testing works.

Sponsor:Pet Professional Guild
Speaker(s):Dr. Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD

Contact: Sharon Nettles
 Email: membershipcoordinator@petprofessionalguild.com
 Phone: 731-300-6520
 Web: https://petprofessionalguild.com/event-3668533