Miroslav Hornak, Ph.D.
Genetics and Reproduction
Veterinary Research Institute
Hudcova 70
621 00 Brno
Czech Republic
tel.:     +420 776 850 577
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Sampling instructions

Buccal cells sampling

  • please, always follow the instructions of the laboratory, which are included in the sampling kit

  • use only the original buccal swab kit distributed by the laboratory or buccal swab kit approved by the laboratory

  • using a brush thoroughly swab the inner side of the dog´s mouth for at least 10 seconds. Rotate the brush, when swabbing. Try to cover large area of the dog´s inner cheek while brushing.  

  • after sampling the brush should be sent immediately to the laboratory.

General Terms and Conditions

  • genetic test is ordered by sending the filled request form with a sample taken from your dog to the address of the laboratory - after the sample is received by the laboratory, customer will receive confirmation of their order by email
  • the accuracy of analysis is >99%
  • results of the test are available usually within 10 working days, during July and August within 15 working days, because of holiday season.
  • customer might be asked to repeat the test or to provide a blood sample if the buccal swab does not contain a sufficient amount of DNA for analysis
  • test result is issued only to the customer, and only after payment has been made. The results are sent by email in pdf, also possible to send a certificate (see request form)
  • if the genetic test for ridge disposition is performed then the genetic test determines copy number of ridge gene (0/1/2). Laboratory takes no responsibility for ridgeless puppies born in the litter, if the test is used for mating purposes, since we can not exclude hidden mutations / polymorphisms or incomplete penetrance of ridge gene, which might lead to suppression of ridge formation
  • DNA sample is archived for free in the laboratory. If you do not wish to archive the DNA sample, please, inform the laboratory.

General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR

  • The laboratory is obliged to comply with the general regulation on personal data protection of the European Parliament and the Council (EU) 2016/679.
  • The personal data of customers ordering genetic tests (name, address, email, telephone) stated on the requests will be used only for the purposes of drawing up the result certificate and communication with the customer.
  • Personal data of customers will be stored for a maximum of 7 years. In the event that the customer does not wish to retain his data, he/she shall notify the laboratory, which will delete his/her personal data from the database.