About Us

Canine Genetic Testing

Canine Genetic Testing (CAGT) is a veterinary DNA testing lab based in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge. It is one of the services offered by The Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital.  We offer a range of DNA tests for painful, blinding or otherwise debilitating inherited canine disorders.

The CAGT team is passionate about providing high-quality customer service to offer accurate, breed-relevant, validated DNA tests that can be used to reduce the incidence of disease in breeds at risk. CAGT is uniquely positioned to offer DNA tests that are based on findings from completed research undertaken within the Department of Veterinary Medicine, prior to their publication, and to accompany DNA tests with bespoke, breed-tailored advice based on specific research findings. This opportunity enables affected breeds to begin to test for and select against disease variants in the shortest timeframe possible, and consequently begin to reduce disease incidence with immediate effect.

The Kennel Club Genetics Centre (KCGC) is headed by Dr Cathryn Mellersh and is also based in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. Supported financially by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust (KCCT) the KCGC works with the Kennel Club and breed stakeholders to investigate the genetic basis of inherited diseases in dogs, identify genetic variants that underpin these diseases and develop tools with which to improve the health and welfare of generations of dogs.

Samples sent to CAGT for DNA testing are retained and are easily accessible to canine genetics researchers and their collaborators for research purposes.

CAGT is administratively separate from the Kennel Club Genetics Centre.


Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs

CAGT is a participant in the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) initiative. The goal of HGTD is to “Improve standardization of, and access to, robust genetic testing to support health improvements and a sustainable future for healthy dogs. The portal for  information on Genetic Testing Providers (labs); genetic tests, and tests by breed.  There are two major components: the Quality Testing Database and Genetic Counselling resources.”