PhD and BsC Genetics, > 30 years in field of canine genetics
Lead Scientist/ Geneticist
Dr Cathryn Mellersh + others
Lead Scientist/ Geneticist Profile
PhD and BSc in Genetics and other biological science subjects
Consultation with specialist veterinary surgeons at University of Cambridge and elsewhere
Dr Louise Burmeister
Description of Lab Tech Qualifications
Quality Indicators - GTP
HGTD Leadership Sponsor
In House Testing
Out Sourced Testing
ISO Accredited/ GTP
Other Recognized Accreditation
Other Parentage Testing
Out Sourced Labs More Info
Dr. van Haeringen Laboratorium B.V
Quality Indicators - Procedures/ Services
Sample collected by - GTP specific
Buccal cheek swabs collected by owners
Sample has a unique unique ID (barcode) and activation code, used by the owner to assign dog details (name, KC registration number, microchip, date of birth and sex).
Test Result information
Results are reported by email, and are available to the owner by accessing their account at
Test results provided to
Owner, reporting registries such as the Kennel Club as necessary
Results Query Protocol
Sample is retested, if necessary a new sample will be obtained and tested
Laboratory Mishandling Protocol
Contact for Queries
Breeding advice is given on our website for each test
Test Discovery- GTP
Test Discovery Details
Close cooperation with researchers, including the Kennel Club Genetics Centre
Test Development In-House
Test Development More Info
Tests are validated using suitable control samples, including samples from the Kennel Club Genetics Centre or other researchers and used for test discovery; also samples obtained from dogs with known genotypes following DNA testing by other laboratories.
Any Patents Held
Scientists and veterinary surgeons at the Department of Veterinary Medicine; all samples submitted to Canine Genetic Testing are available for research purposes.
Choosing a Genetic Test Provider Choosing a genetic test provider can be daunting. This short article helps you to consider what is important to you, and your dogs, in finding the right test provider for you.
The HGTD genetic counselling resources index link above and links below provide access to basic introductory articles on genetics, articles on application of genetics in breed health management and advanced work in technical genetics research. Breed-specific information is also available in DWN's Pedigreed Dogs Database.