Currently, we only accept purebred animals, because they offer the best prospect for gene identification. If you have a purebred animal, we need to obtain some information to verify the animal's breed (such as AKC number for dogs). If you don't have this with you, we ask that you call back after your appointment to give us that information. We also ask you to sign the consent form for blood sampling during your appointment.
If you give us permission, we will collect a small sample of blood from which we will isolate DNA for our bank. This collection will be done under the supervision of our expert animal health technicians.
There is NO COST for the client. The DNA bank will pay for all the expenses related to sampling and archiving.
The reward for becoming a volunteer is knowing your animal may help us investigate new diseases and explore novel diagnostics and therapeutics for current and future diseases. That will result in improved disease prevention and animal health.
You can make an online donation to the College of Veterinary Medicine to support the DNA bank (scroll down to CVM DNA bank under gift designation).