Dog DNA 101 for Vets
Author: Erin Chu, DVM, PhD & Kate Robinson, DVM, DABVP
Breed, along with age, sex, and intact status, makes up the veterinary signalment. However, for mixed-breed animals, we are at a distinct disadvantage! Studies have shown that visual identification of breed by shelter staff and veterinarians is low in accuracy and replicability. Where do we start with our differential?
By the end of this course, each learner will:
- Understand the different types of genetic mutations, and give examples of each, as sources of phenotypic variation.
- List different modes of inheritance and their effect on phenotype for genetic mutations.
- Gain familiarity with resources for genetic health risks, traits, and other aspects of canine genetic testing.