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 hair to preserve the root bulbs, do not cut
  • About 20-30 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 bloodtyping 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)


Equine genetic disease screening

tests we offer, costs and sample required

AME/SRY NZ$35 Hair
GBED NZ$40 Hair
HERDA NZ$35 Hair
HYPP NZ$35 Hair
LP/CSNB NZ$45 Hair
MH NZ$45 Hair
PSSM1 NZ$35 Hair
HWSD NZ$45 Hair
SCID NZ$35 Hair
CA or LFS NZ$45 Hair
NZ Arabian 3-Panel NZ$95 Hair
NZ Quarter Horse 5-Panel NZ$126.50 Hair
AFH 4-Panel + Genotype NZ$180 Hair

 

Equine colour coat testing

Thoroughbred horse

Genetics determines a horse's coat color. 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 coat 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


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 Test Submission Form.pdf (343 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.

Permit to import restricted biological products (MPI) (1,141 KB)

If you have any questions please get in touch.

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