Horse testing at EPAGS

We offer a wide range of tests, but if you have other requirements please let us know as we may be able to provide these.

Equine DNA profiling / genotyping

Horse with coat in paddock - winter

DNA profiling, also known as DNA fingerprinting or genotyping establishes a profile of specific gene markers for a given individual.  Because the markers are inherited from both parents, this testing can be used to verify parentage in horses, which is essential for registration purposes.  Our equine DNA profiling is based on the internationally accepted panel of microsatellite markers set up by the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG). 

It is advisable to check with your breed association/society for their specific requirements, before submitting your sample.

  • Please pull mane or tail hair to preserve the root bulbs, do not cut.
  • About 30-40 hair bulbs is sufficient.
  • Please do not tie or knot the hair.

tests we offer, costs and sample required

Horse genotype/parentage NZ$81.78 Hair
Donkey genotype/parentage NZ$81.78 Hair

Equine blood screening

We currently maintain a limited blood typing service based on the blood group factors Aa and Qa, the most commonly indicated factors in Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI) sensitisation.  

Screening can determine suitability as a Universal Donor; the ideal donor being Aa, Qa negative.

tests we offer, costs and sample required

Aa Qa Antigen Screen NZ$150     2x yellow top (ACD) tubes 10ml
Antibody Titre (for NI or Universal Donor status)    NZ$150 4x plain red top tubes 10ml and 2x yellow top (ACD) tubes 10ml
Full blood type    $POA
2x yellow top (ACD) tubes 10ml

More information on equine blood testing at EPAGS.pdf (96 KB)


Massey University accepts no liability for the accuracy of animal's information which is supplied by the sample submitter. All efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of the reported results and the information contained therein. Massey University expressly disclaims any and all liabilities contingent or otherwise that may arise from the use of the these results.

Unless we are advised otherwise, Massey University deems that the sample(s) submitted are the property of the submitter. Sample(s) will only be tested for the tests selected by the submitter.

Equine genetic disease screening

tests we offer, costs and sample required

AME/SRY NZ$35 Hair
CA NZ$45 Hair
GBED NZ$45 Hair
HERDA NZ$35 Hair
HWSD NZ$45 Hair
HYPP NZ$35 Hair
LP/CSNB NZ$45 Hair
MH NZ$45 Hair
PSSM1 NZ$35 Hair
SCID NZ$35 Hair
Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS) NZ$40 Hair
NZ Arabian 3-Panel (CA, LFS & SCID)  NZ$100 Hair
NZ Quarter Horse 5-Panel (GBED, HERDA, HYPP, MH & PSSM1) NZ$130 Hair
NZ Quarter Horse 5-Panel + Genotype combo NZ$199 Hair


Equine colour coat testing

Thoroughbred horse

Genetics determines a horse's coat colour. While there are many different patterns and color combinations, they are produced by the action of only a few genes.

tests we offer, costs and sample required

Base colour - Extension (red/black) NZ$35 Hair
Modifiers - Agouti  (black/bay) NZ$35 Hair
Dilutions - Champagne NZ$35 Hair
Dilutions - Cream NZ$35 Hair
Dilutions - Pearl NZ$35 Hair
Dilutions - Silver NZ$35 Hair
Patterns - Overo Lethal White (OLW) NZ$35 Hair
Patterns - Sabino NZ$35 Hair
Patterns - Tobiano NZ$35 Hair
Dun NZ$45 Hair
Grey NZ$45 Hair

Submitting a test request

Download, print and complete the submission form below and include with required samples. 

Send to Equine Parentage & Animal Genetic Services Centre, Drysdale Drive, PN811, Massey University 4410.

Please note that samples received without this form will not be tested.

EPAGS Equine Genetic Test Form 20181.pdf (578 KB)

Customers outside New Zealand

Please submit the below document (the permit from our Ministry of Primary Industries to import restricted biological products) with your test request.

EPAGS- MPI permit to import restricted biological products of animal origin.pdf (52 KB)

If you have any questions please get in touch.

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