Equine Parentage and Animal Genetic Services Centre

Massey University's Equine Parentage and Animal Genetic Services Centre(EPAGS) offers the most comprehensive range of DNA-based genetic testing for animals in New Zealand and we are the only organisation to offer equine blood-typing in Australasia. The Centre is recognised by the International Society of Animal Genetics. 

Whether you work in the animal industry, are part of a breed society or an individual animal owner, we can help you with tests on your animal/s.

Requesting a test

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Alpaca

Our main test for alpaca is genotyping - primarily for parentage verification.

Sample requirements for alpaca tests is a blood card.

Tests cost NZ$70 per sample.

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Birds

Tests include sexing and screening for chyamydia and psitticine beak and feather disease.

A chlamydia test requires dry swabs and malaria test need a blood sample. All other tests require feathers or blood samples.

Cost for bird sexing is $35, PBFD or chlamydia detection $35, and Malaria detection $60.

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Cattle

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

All cattle tests require hair or blood samples.  Semen samples are accepted with a $10 surcharge per straw.

All tests are NZ$30-35.

HORSES

We offer a wide range of equine testing, from DNA profiling and genotyping to coat colour testing and genetic disease screening.
All horse tests require a hair sample. We have a large range of tests so pricing is variable - check below for more information.
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SHEEP

We offer testing for spider-lamb syndrome (SLS), also known as inherited chondrodysplasia.
This test costs NZ$30 and requires a blood sample in EDTA.
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canine/dogs

Currently our main testing for canines is genotyping. Sample requirements is a blood card or hair with roots.

Tests cost NZ$70 per sample

Pricing

*all prices include GST

EPAGS General Price List for Tests.pdf (46 KB)

EPAGS permit to import restricted biological products

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


Other tests or animals

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

Testing for registration purposes

Animals being tested for registration purposes may need to be submitted through your breed society.  If you do not already have one or are unsure, please talk to your relevant breed association or society regarding their specific requirements.

Get in touch with us

If you have any questions please contact Michelle Fremaux (Centre Director) on (06) 951 6472 or contact us below.

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Our expertise and tests

DNA genotyping

DNA genotyping

Used for identification, parent verification and registration.

Genetic screening tests

Genetic screening

These tests detect inherited diseases.

Avian DNA testing

Avian DNA

Used for sex determination and screening of infectious diseases in domestic and native birds.

Equine blood typing

Blood typing

Identify suitability of blood donors and help to identify foals/mares at risk of neonatal isoerythrolysis (NI)

Coat colour screening

Coat screening

Used to help with prediction of coat colour in foals and predisposition to some inherited diseases.



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