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The results of a genetic disease test can be formally registered with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). VetGen recommends registering your tested dog with the OFA, regardless of the test findings. When used for breeding, dogs proven "Clear" of the disease gene should afford the breeder a significant advantage in selling puppies. For further information about the OFA's registry, contact: Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, 2300 E. Nifong Boulevard, Columbia, MO 65201-3856, or telephone (573) 442-0418.
Submission of VetGen disease test results to the OFA registry is voluntary. Simply indicate on the DNA sample submission form that the result is to be sent to OFA. VetGen will forward disease test result data and the fee to the OFA. The breeder will still receive the original result document.
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals
VetGen can conduct a DNA profile, or DNA "fingerprint". This service uses the same DNA you submit for your disease test. Some of the reasons you may wish to utilize this service include:
- VetGen's DNA profiling service positively identifies your animal for a genetic registry.
- VetGen's DNA profiling service positively identifies your dog in the event that it is stolen and recovered by a third party.
- This service can be used to verify or exclude parentage.
VetGen will store your dog's DNA sample for up to 10 years. (Ample DNA is provided by your collected sample for storage purposes). Some of the reasons you might want to utilize this service include use of DNA for future tests developed by VetGen, and use of DNA for dog identification or parentage determination at a later date.