UC Davis veterinary school launches new genetics website

June 19, 2020
dvm360 Staff

The updated site offers new genetic tests for horses as well as comprehensive information to help educate both veterinary professionals and pet owners.

Earlier this week, the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine launched a new, user-friendly website for the veterinary community. New features on the site include access to new genetic tests, informational resources and a “pop-up” glossary to help users learn new terms and make better use of the information provided.

“We are continually seeking new ways to provide efficient means of communicating news and educating on genetic testing and research findings with our clients,” said VGL Director Rebecca Bellone, PhD, in a press release announcing the new site. “This new site now allows us to present news stories and the most up-to-date research, all in easily navigable fields. Consistent with our mission, the goal of the design of this site was to provide an engaging and dynamic experience for our clients to assist in their learning about genetics and best utilization of genetic testing information.”

In addition to the glossary feature, which helps pet owners gain a better understanding of what is happening with their pets, the site also includes DIY science projects and animal-themed games and activities to help kids learn more about veterinary medicine and animals.

The VGL is also offering three additional genetic tests for horses, including tests for type 1 polysaccharide storage disease, equine familial isolated hypocalcemia and congenital stationary night blindness.

Visit the new VGL website here.