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Paw Print Genetics

HGTD Leadership Sponsor Test Discovery- GTP In House Testing Non-participant Other Recognized Accreditation

General Information

Paw Print Genetics
Data Up to Date
GTP Code
509-483-5950 Toll Free:1-855-202-4889 (USA and Canada Only)
220 E. Rowan, Suite 220
Zip Code/ Postal Code
Participant Since:
Subsidiary Company


Lab/Company Director
Lisa Shaffer, PhD, FACMG, Founder/CEO
Lab/Company Director Profile
PhD, FACMG; American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics, Certificate #93264
Lead Scientist/ Geneticist
Blake Ballif, PhD, Director of Operations
Lead Scientist/ Geneticist Profile
Lead Veterinarian
Medical Directors: Christina Ramirez, PhD, DVM, DACVD Casey Carl, DVM
Lead Veterinarian Profile
Laboratory Manager
Kyle Sundin, MS
Licensed veterinarian(s)
Other Experts
DMV; MSc Genetics, BS zoology

Quality Indicators - GTP

HGTD Leadership Sponsor
Academic Participant
Year Established
In House Testing
Out Sourced Testing
ISO Accredited/ GTP
ISO Accredited/LAB
ISO Accredited/tests
Number of Tests with ISO/ details
Specifc Tests=0; General accreditation All
Other Recognized Accreditation
Details of Other Accreditation
Print Genetics operates under the guidelines set forth in the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988 (CLIA?88) and utilizes the Standards and Guidelines produced by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for human molecular genetic diagnostic testing laboratories.
Lab SOP details
PPG has developed internal standards and guidelines, SOPs and validation documents based on the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and the College of American Pathologists. We have more than 250 SOPs pertaining to our test offerings. These SOPs are in place for general laboratory practices, and for all individual tests.
Other Parentage Testing
Other Parentage Testing Details
We use a proprietary set of 99 highly polymorphic markers for parentage assessment.

Quality Indicators - Procedures/ Services

Sample collected by - GTP specific
Samples are supplied by clients/customers, veterinary microchip verification optional.
Sample Identification
Laboratory specific identification number, dog?s call name, order reference number. Veterinary microchip verification optional.
Animal ID/ Sample Submission
Microchip number (veterinarian verified option), Registration name/number. Swab kits supplied to the customer, or customers can supply their own. Samples are labeled with individual laboratory identification number, order reference number, and dog?s call name. This information is verified against the information supplied at time of order and then assigned a lab number for processing.
Techincal handling proceedures - GTP specific
Swabs supplied to the customer are pre-labeled with dog laboratory ID number, order reference number, and dog?s call name. This is verified against the information supplied at time of order.
Test Result information
Laboratory reports, Canine Genetic Health Certificate?, and trait certificates with detailed results, including interpretations and recommendations. Disease report results are reported as normal, carrier, and at-risk (affected)
Test results provided to
Paw Print Genetics has a strict privacy policy and will only share results with the owners/co-owners or veterinarians listed on the account or on the individual dogs in the customers? accounts. With permission, we will send results to The Kennel Club of the UK.
Laboratory Mishandling Protocol
Quality Assurance and Issue Resolution
Contact for Queries
Breeding Advice
Advice Details
Paw Print Genetics provides pre-test and post-test genetic counseling.


Test Discovery- GTP
Ethics Details
Internal ethics and scientific review board consisting of veterinarians, PhD geneticists and staff members representing the laboratory and customer care.
Test Development In-House
Any Patents Held
Research Collaborator
Refereed Publications list
Only relevant publications are shown. Shaffer LG, Ramirez CJ (2014) Genetic Carrier Screening in Domestic Dog Breeds. J Vet Med Res.1:1004-1005. Shaffer LG, Ramirez CJ, Sundin K, Carl C, Ballif BC (2015) Genetic screening and mutation identification in a rare canine breed, the Drentsche patrijshond. Vet Rec Case Rep. 3:e000185. Shaffer LG, Ramirez CJ, Sundin K, Connell LB, Ballif BC (2016) Genetic screening and mutation identification in a rare canine breed, the Cesky fousek. Vet Rec Case Rep. 4:e000346. Shaffer LG, Ramirez CJ, Phelps P, Aviram M, Walczak M, Kahila Bar-Gal G, and Ballif BC (2017) An International Genetic Survey of Breed-specific Diseases in Working Dogs from the United States, Israel and Poland. Cytogenet Genome Res. 153:198-204. Ramirez CJ, Carl C, Ballif BC, Shaffer LG (2017) Importance of standards and guidelines for veterinary genetic laboratory services. JAVMA 250:747. Ballif BC, Ramirez CJ, Carl CR, Sundin K, Krug M, Zahand A, Shaffer LG, Flores-Smith H (2018) The PMEL Gene and Merle in the Domestic Dog: A Continuum of Insertion Lengths Leads to a Spectrum of Coat Color Variations in Australian Shepherds and Related Breeds. Cytogenet Genome Res DOI: 10.1159/000491408
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