InfogeneNZ – animal genetics and genetic testing

Our InfogeneNZ laboratory offers the most comprehensive range of DNA-based genetic testing for animals in New Zealand.

Order online and track your samples and testing.

Massey University's InfogeneNZ laboratory offers the most comprehensive range of DNA-based genetic testing for animals in New Zealand. We are the only organisation to offer equine blood-typing in Australasia.

Our genotyping services comply with the International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG).

We were formerly known as the Equine Parentage and Animal Genetics Services Centre.

Animals we test

Learn more about the specific tests we offer.

Alpaca, llama and camel

Our main test for camelid species is genotyping – primarily for parentage verification/analysis. Sample requirements for alpaca/llama/camel testing is a blood card.


Genetic tests include sexing and PBFD screening. For veterinary services, we provide chlamydia and malaria detection. We also perform DNA-based sexing on Ostriches and Emu.


We offer cattle (bovine) testing including genotyping for parentage verification and some genetic disease screening tests.

Dogs / canine

We offer:

  • genotyping/parentage analysis
  • disease screening.

We accept a blood card or samples of:

  • pulled hair
  • buccal (cheek) swabs
  • semen.

Contact us if the test you need isn't listed on our website.


We offer a wide range of equine testing, from DNA profiling, genotyping and parentage verification to coat colour testing and genetic disease screening.

DNA profiling / genotyping

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).

You should check with your breed association or society for their specific requirements, before submitting your sample.

Taking a sample

We advise the following:

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

Note this is not a breed ID test.

Blood screening

We currently maintain a limited equine 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.

Genetic disease screening

We offer a wide range of equine disease testing.

Colour coat testing

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

Find out more about colour tests on offer and pricing

Sheep, goats and deer

Genotyping/parentage analysis.

Alpha Casein.

We also offer testing for spider-lamb syndrome (SLS) in Suffolk sheep.

Other tests or animals

If you have requirements for animals or tests that are not specifically mentioned on this page or on our ordering website, please get in touch with us below and let us know what you need.

Testing for registration

Animals being tested for registration purposes may need to be submitted through a breed association or society. Talk to your relevant breed association or society about their specific requirements if you are unsure.

Submitting samples

1, Print a copy of your order

2, Enclose with your labelled and identified samples

3, Send to us by either courier or mail.

Courier address
Massey University
1 Drysdale Drive
Palmerston North 4410

Mail address
InfogeneNZ – PN811
Massey University
Private Bag 11222
Palmerston North 4442

Customers outside New Zealand

You need to include an EPAGS permit to import restricted biological products with all sample submissions from outside New Zealand.

EPAGS - MPI permit to import restricted biological products of animal origin

Contact us

 Michelle Fremaux

Michelle Fremaux

Director, InfogeneNZ
School of Agriculture and Environment

Testing terms and conditions

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.