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Communicating the importance of genetic screening


In an interview with dvm360®, Dr Dockweiler explained the importance of genetic screening and how to communicate that with clients

Following the 2023 Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX), Jenna Dockweiler, MS, DVM, DACT, CCRT, CVAT, told dvm360® about the important information genetic screenings can tell you about your patient. She also offered tips on encouraging clients to get their pet tested.

The following is a partial transcript of the video.

Jenna Dockweiler, MS, DVM, DACT, CCRT, CVAT: So we do consider genetic screening prognostic rather than diagnostic. So it's able to tell you what a patient may be at risk for in the future. If we know that information ahead of time, then we potentially can make changes to lifestyle, to diet, add in medications, sometimes complementary therapies—like acupuncture, physical rehabilitation—to either slow progession, improve quality of life, or sometimes even prevent symptoms from occuring all together.

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