Frequently Answered Questions
- What is the PKD DNA Test?
- Are there discounts available for testing?
- How long will the test take?
- How will I receive my results?
- How do I interpret the result for the PKD test?
- How can we pay for the tests?
- Can we use other swabs?
- How young can the cat be before we test them?
- Is it the same test used by the UC Davis?
- Have you received my swabs yet?
- How do I send my swabs?
- Can you collect samples from pregnant cats?
- Why use Animal DNA testing laboratories?
- What use is it in having DNA profiles?
- How effective is the DNA Testing performed?
- How many animals share the same DNA
- What samples do I need to collect for DNA testing?
- Do I need a Vet to collect the sample?
- How do I send the sample back to the Laboratory
- Can I get a discount if I send many samples at once?
- Do I need to have blood samples taken by a veterinarian to have a DNA test on my animals?
- I have used expensive couriers in the past to send swab samples. Is this necessary?
- Can I test my animal to find out what breed they are?
- How can I find a lab that performs a DNA test specific for my animals?
- At what age can DNA tests be performed?
- Do the samples need to be sent with special transport precautions?
- How is DNA testing performed?
- How do I know my samples have arrived in your laboratory?
- Can I have my animals DNA stored for use later?
- Why use DNA testing to verify the parents of my animals?
- For parentage testing, do I need to send the mothers sample?
- Some laboratories take forever to send test results back. How long does it take ADL?
- I live in Sweden, can ADL accept my animals samples?
- ADL prices seem so much more affordable than other companies. How?
- I am concerned about the quality of testing my animals receive?
- There are new DNA tests that I have read about. Will ADL be offering these in the future?
- How do I get my questions answered if I do not live in Australia?
- We have several spare brush swabs from another testing company. Can we use them and send them to you?
- When do I pay for the tests?
- Can I print an order form rather than waiting for you to send me one?
The Animal DNA Laboratory now offers a comprehensive Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) DNA testing service.
Polycystic kidney disease in cats, is an autosomal dominant condition affecting approximately 36% of Persian cats. This means that only one copy of the gene is required to be inherited to produce PKD, hence half of a PKD positive cat’s offspring will inherit PKD.
Research at the University of California, Davis has discovered the causative mutation in the PKD1 gene. A base pair substitution at nucleotide 10063 occurs that results in the creation of a stop codon.
NB: Free sample collection kits will be sent. Kit includes, cheek swabs and easy to follow collection instructions.
Are there discounts available for testing?
Yes, if you are a member of a Cat club or association that has registered with us you will receive a discount.
After we have received the swab samples, please allow 14-21 working days for the return of results. We will inform you when the samples arrive at our laboratory.
For confidentiality, no results will be given over the phone. Results of testing will be emailed to you and on your MyADL site. You can print them for free from this section. For a charge they will be posted to the owner/breeder or veterinarian.
We perform a test that identifies a change in your cat’s DNA that is associated with PKD. Your report will state either your cat is CLEAR of this genetic change, or, that your cat has the MUTATION, which means your cat has this genetic change.
Payment can be made online through MyADL or sent with your order form if manually ordering tests. We recomment paying for your tests online as you will be entitled to a 10% discount for online payments. Australian residents also have the option of paying for their tests with Cheque or Money Order. We do not accept Cash payments.
Yes we will accept all other swabs, but please use our submission form and follow our mailing instructions.
You can collect samples at any age, that you feel comfortable with. Please wait at least 30 minutes after a kitten has nursed.
Yes it is exactly the same test. In fact we have obtained a license from them to perform the test.
Not yet. Typlical samples take around 10-12 days to come to us from the USA and Europe. We email our clients on the same day we received them in the mail.
We have found that sending swabs by regular air mail works the best. Please ensure you write the import permit number on the outside of your parcel if it is not sent inside our self-addressed envelope.
Yes, pregnancy does not effect the results.
- Low fees
- Emailing of Results. Fast and efficient service
- Tests performed in high quality Australian Laboratory.
A. Breeders are now able to ensure bloodlines of their stock with a level of accuracy not previously achieved through DNA profiles. It is now the case that many purebred animal associations here in Australia and throughout the world are using DNA profiles to validate pedigrees.
The tests used in the Laboratory use an extensive range of genetic markers many of which are recommended by the International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG), that provides for the most accurate results.
DNA profiles (or DNA fingerprints) are a unique identification (except for identical twins).
Collecting samples for testing is a very simple process. Using a swab, cheek cells are collected by rubbing inside the mouth. It is a simple and painless process. You can request a sample collection pack through our website, which will be sent to you for a small fee. However once you have placed an order, the next collection kit will be sent free and the amount paid for the kits will be credited from the test price.
There is no need to use a Vet to get a sample. It is simple and easy to do yourself.
In the normal post. Swabs remain okay at room temperature and do not need any special treatment.
The Animal DNA Laboratory offers a 10% discount on all test prices to members of animal associations/societies worldwide who have registered with us. So contact your association today to register with us, then all members can then enjoy the discounts.
No. We will send you an easy to follow sample collection kit. These kits contain simple to use cheek brushes to collect cells from inside your animals mouth. Cheek cells contain DNA that we use to perform the DNA test.
Once collected they can be sent back to our laboratory via the regular mail.
No. You can use regular mail. In some cases it may take a day or two longer, but may save you money.
No. However a DNA parentage test can inform you of the true biological parents of your animals.
Even if we do not perform a specific DNA test you require, please contact us. We may be able to establish the test ourselves, or certainly find a laboratory that does, and send the DNA to them.
Really at any age, as long as you are able to collect a proper sample. A genetic test does not change during the life of an animal.
No. Our cheek brush samples are very stable, even at room temperature. So simply put them into an envelope and mail them to us.
We first extract the DNA from the brush sample. Next we amplify, or make copies of the specific genes of interest by a technique called polymerase chain reaction. We then analyse this amplified DNA and send you the results, both by Email and by regular post.
We will send you an Email confirming that we have received your samples.
Yes, we offer a popular DNA storage service.
Although you may think you know the sire of the animal, in many cases this is not true. Research has found that errors in breeding registries are as high as 10-15%. This is why many breeding associations and clubs throughout the world are now using DNA testing prior to litter registration.
Yes as it makes the results more accurate if you send the mothers sample, together with samples from the litter and all the possible sires.
We will electronically send you results within 5-7 working days. Parentage testing results may take a little longer to ensure accuracy
Yes. We receive samples from all over the world. Please remember to quote our Import Permit number when sending samples.
Two reasons. One, we use the latest DNA technology which lowers our costs, secondly setting our prices in Australian dollars will also lower our prices compared to other laboratories.
Our laboratory operates to the ISO17025 standard ensuring the highest level of quality.
Please let us know of any new DNA tests. We may be able to establish the test ourselves, or send your sample to the laboratory that offers the service.
We are happy to answer all of you questions. Simply Email them to us and we will normally respond within 24 hours (Monday-Friday). Or leave us a phone message.
Yes, we accept samples collected on any sample swab or brush, but please use our submission form when returning the samples.
You only pay when you send the collected samples back to us. Remember the collection kits are free.
We have a set of printable order forms, see the links at the bottom of the Fee Schedule page.
Please click on the following link to access the Animal DNA Testing Newsletters.