AQHA Offers Genetic Disease Panel Test

The AQHA five-panel genetic test screens for potentially deadly hereditary disorders, including heredity equine regional dermal asthenia (commonly called HERDA), seen here.

Photo: Ann Rashmir-Raven, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, PGCVE, FHEA

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is now offering a five-panel genetic disease screening test through the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, according to a statement on the organization's website.

The test will screen for five potentially fatal genetic diseases often found in Quarter Horses:

When ordered, the AQHA will mail test kits to the client, who will then send the kit to UC Davis.

"Once the tests are complete, AQHA will notify the owners and put the results on the horse’s record and certificate of registration," the statement said.

The five-panel test will cost $85 for AQHA members and $125 for nonmembers, the statement indicated. Interested parties are asked to call the AQHA at 806/376-4811 to secure their test.

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Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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