Welcome to PennGen Laboratories


COVID-19 Update

  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the University of Pennsylvania  has determined that research labs will be shut down by March 18.

Therefore, PennGen will be unable to receive and process samples that have not arrived in our laboratories after noon tomorrow (March 17). 

We will try to preserve all samples received by that time so that they can be successfully processed when we are allowed to work in our laboratories again.  Results for samples that have been received and not yet processed may also be delayed. 

We are of course sorry for this delay, but support the University’s concern for our health and safety, and hope you are able to protect your health as well.   Thank-you in advance for your patience and understanding.     

PennGen Faculty and Staff.

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:

Couldn't Find the Test You Need at PennGen?WSAVA

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.