DNA Testing

Category: Services

This information is for owners interested in DNA testing for their dogs. The following pages are particularly concerned with the implications of genetic testing in light of the changes in the Domestic Animals Amendment (Restricted Breeds) Bill 2011.

For further details please visit the DNA testing laboratory website.


Domestic Animals Amendment (Restricted Breeds) Bill 2011

Changes in the Domestic Animals Amendment (Restricted Breeds) Bill 2011 have meant that veterinary CERTIFICATION of breeds has started to be requested by owners. This is particularly relevant at the moment for Pitbull terriers.

A dog that meets the description of a dog in this Part is an American Pit Bull Terrier; except A dog in respect of which the owner has one of the following certificates stating that the dog is an American Staffordshire Terrier –

a. a pedigree certificate from the Australian National Kennel Council;

b. a pedigree certificate from a member body of the Australian National Kennel Council;

c. a pedigree certificate from a national breed council registered with the Australian National Kennel Council;

d. a certificate signed by a veterinary practitioner stating, or to the effect, that the dog is of a particular breed.

 

However many vets do not feel it is possible to certify a dogs breed by appearance alone. The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has said that;

"... AVA members would not be willing to provide certification of dogs of unknown breed based on physical examination. Certification would require substantially more evidence than appearance, and would have to include DNA evidence of specific breed signatures..."


Does Boronia Vet Clinic do DNA tests?

We do. The test we typically recommend works as follows:

  1. The owner brings their pet for a consultation. The limitations of the test are discussed and the best test is chosen. If a test is not performed a consultation fee is still applicable.
  2. The pet is scanned for a microchip and their microchip number recorded.
  3. A consent form is signed by the owner stating they understand the limitations of the test.
  4. A blood sample is taken.
  5. The submission form is signed and sent to the laboratory by the vet.
  6. Test results can take up to 3 weeks.

More details can be found on the DNA testing laboratory website.


Limitations of DNA testing

It is essential that the limitations of these particular tests are well understood by owners considering using them.

These tests check for certain specific breeds.

Pitbulls ARE NOT one of them.

Any pitbull DNA will be listed in the same way as any other unknown breed, as a “Mixed Breed”. 


How much will it cost?

The cost of the service including the test and consultation is $190. Please note that even if a test is not performed a consultation fee will still be applicable.