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Dogs Queensland DNA Profiling System

Due to increased problems surrounding litter registrations and various health matters within purebred dogs, the Board of Dogs Queensland has recently moved to implement a trial DNA profiling system for all breeds. This approach will assist in the protection of our members, puppy buyers and of our national pedigree database, along with acting as a precursor to proposed mandatory health testing which is likely to be implemented within the next 3 years. The system will also allow a trial for information to be uploaded into the national health database, ORCHID, which is currently under development.

From 1 January 2018, all litter registrations lodged must be accompanied with a DNA profile for parentage. This will need to include DNA profiles of the Sire, the Dam and the pups. The requirement will apply where the mating took place on or after 1 January 2018. The appropriate forms and fees will be released to members in the coming weeks.

In line with the ANKC protocols for DNA testing, DNA collection must be performed by an approved independent collector. This can include Veterinarians. Owners/breeders cannot collect DNA samples from their own dogs. Identification of the dog by microchip or unique tattoo is required and it must be verified by the collector at the time of the DNA collection and recorded on the appropriate form. For verification of parentage, both parents and the offspring concerned must have DNA profiles.

Dogs Queensland is currently in discussions with Orivet Genetic Pet Care to establish a working partnership and provide members with a cost effective solution to DNA collection. Orivet are able to supply DNA collection kits which can be used by approved collection agents. Once the samples are returned, a DNA profile report should be issued within 7 to 10 working days from the receipt of the samples. Further details of Dogs Queensland negotiations with Orivet will be provided very soon.

This process is a very new approach for Dogs Queensland and we expect that there may be some teething problems from the implementation date. We ask that members be patient with this process and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the office.

Kind Regards,
Shane Thomas
Dogs Queensland President

More information to follow in the coming weeks .....