Welcome to PennGen Laboratories

Hereditary diseases of companion animals are an important problem for clinicians, breeders and owners. More than 900 inherited disorders have been identified in the dog and over 200 in the cat. The Section of Medical Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine has been in the forefront of reporting and characterizing hereditary diseases in companion animals for more than 40 years, including research to uncover the genetic basis and developing genetic tests for canine and feline diseases. PennGen is a genetic testing facility operated through the Section of Medical Genetics as a collection of not-for-profit laboratories offering testing for a variety of genetic diseases, metabolic screening for inborn errors of metabolism, hematological, and other diagnostic services.

Steps for Testing at PennGen

Here are the steps to access and use our services:

PLEASE NOTE: Metabolic Screening Lab Update

The Metabolic Screening Lab will be closed temporarily for a few weeks starting on October 17th. During this period, no urine testing will be available with the exception of the Nitroprusside (Cystine) test. Tests that will not be available include Metabolic Screening, Fanconi Syndrome Screening, Methylmalonic Aciduria, and Mucopolysaccharidosis (any type). We thank you for your understanding.

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Use our WSAVA-supported database of worldwide laboratories to search for available canine and feline DNA-based genetic tests. The database search tool allows you to search by breed, disease, or laboratory.