The Veterinary Genetic Assurance (VGA) certification programme integrates veterinarians with genetic testing to provide health and pedigree assurance for all companion animal owners, sellers and potential buyers– pedigree and non-pedigree. It's focus is the development of healthier generations of animals to come.
What Is It ?
The Veterinary Genetic Assurance (VGA) Certification Programme was created to help deliver confidence to the public. Confidence in the knowledge that animals obtained with a VGA certificate, have been Vet checked and their DNA tested for a wide range of genetic heritable diseases.
The programme also offers breeders an opportunity to demonstrate that they make every effort to ensure animals they breed, are clear of genetic or heritable disease.
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How does It Work?
There are 3 documents required for VGA certification:
A. Veterinary clinical examination form - see form
B. Microchip ID evidence
C. Genetic disease screen result
The genetic screening works via a simple cheek swab which is used to carry out a number of genetic screens based on species and breed.
A VGA Certificate is sent once the information is reviewed.
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With generations of in-breeding, some genetic diseases are becoming more common.
Affected animals can suffer significant reduction in their quality of life and longevity, causing considerable heartache to their owners.
VGA is committed to preventing the propagation of these conditions and promoting health and responsible breeding.