Sorry, we aren't taking any more orders this week.
We are working on ways to expand our testing as well a few other projects. We have reduced the number of
orders we take each week to make sure we have some time to make these improvements. These limits should be
temporary! In a few months we will take off the brakes.
We will take more orders next week. Orders open on Monday, Sydney time. In the mean time, have a look through our
individual tests and panels (panels are groups of tests) to help decide what you want to test for.
Practical Horse Genetics Pty Ltd, which also trades as Dog Breeding Science,
Cat Breeding Science and OXA Breeding Science does genetic testing on animal
tissue samples. These samples are given to us by owners or other interested
parties for the purposes of genetic testing.
We produce reports that include information summarising and briefly
interpreting the animal's genotypes for the requested genetic tests.
Our highest aim is provide correct genotypes and helpful interpretation of
those genotypes within the stated turnaround time 100% of the time.
We expect to consistently provide correct genotypes within the stated
turnaround time more than 99% of the time. We consider drops below this level
to indicate a problem that needs to be addressed as soon as it is discovered.
ISAG-accredited laboratories with a level 1 rank aim to produce correct
genotypes at least 98% of the time.
We assess our accuracy on an ongoing basis using phenotype (ie. appearance)
and pedigree information provided by owners. This can find non-Mendelian
inheritance patterns which usually indicate genotyping errors in either the
parent or the offspring. We also re-assay some samples to check that results
are consistent over time. External testing is undertaken periodically to ensure
our results are concordant with external laboratories. Accuracy is assessed
on a rolling 3-month timeframe.
When an error is detected at Practical Horse Genetics Pty Ltd, the owner or
other interested party will be informed of the corrected genotype and refunded
for their testing.
Owners querying surprise results can request free re-testing.
We continually improve our tests and methods to improve accuracy, sensitivity
and turnaround time. This continual improvement extends to reduction of waste
and minimisation of energy use at the lab. Our improvement strategies can
include outreach to our clients to improve the quality of samples reaching us.
We undertake to store genotype data indefinitely to the best of our a
bilities. This data is to be used by us and its other owners as a resource to
manage and improve the health of individual animals and breed populations.
We undertake to protect the privacy of our clients using risk-reduction
strategies in the storage and management of their data.