MAC test instructions

Process for Submitting Requests for Cheek Swab Samples for MAC Test & TIER Designations

 

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                                          AMSC Health Committee – June 2016

1.     Send an email request to AMSCHealthGroup@yahoogroups.com  with Subject line: MAC DNA & TIER #.

In the body of the email note the following information

a.     The TIER designation (using TIER designation criteria below**).  Tier designation # should

 also be noted in PennGen form’s comments section.

b.     Name and Address, and phone # (for mailing the Swabs & other material)

c.     Number of dogs being tested

2.     AMSC Health Committee will send an appropriate number of cheek Brush Swabs with plastic handle (using 2 per dog) as well as a self-addressed envelope/label for returning samples to the PennGen Laboratory, Instruction for Collection of brush samples and confidentiality statement and other information. No result information will be shared with the AMSC WITHOUT expressed permission by the submitter.

3.     When the Cheek Swabs arrive and collections done, go to the PennGen website to complete an online account and dog submission form(s) for MAC testing and make two copies of each submission. Examples of that process are included in this packet for your convenience. One form will go with samples to PennGen and the other you will keep for your records. PennGen Website       http://research.vet.upenn.edu/Default.aspx?alias=research.vet.upenn.edu/penngen

4.     If you prefer, you may obtain a 1-2 ml EDTA blood sample (label tube with name) and tube mailer at your primary veterinary care clinic and send directly to Dr.  Giger’s lab noting your designation from below.

** TIER DESIGNATION for Miniature Schnauzers:   Structure below was organized using an extensive pedigree database, knowledge and experience and is necessary to accommodate Dr. Giger’ s Lab capacity while ensuring the dogs with the highest risk will be tested first.  Special cases will be considered on an individual case by case basis.

TIER I -- dogs/bitches who meet the following criteria:

1.     Jerry O’s Future Shock,Bandsman Newsprint, Bandsman Times Square, Bandsmans

      Why Not, Bandsman Early Edition or Enjoy’s Phantom of the Opera on BOTH sides

      of the Pedigree within 7 generations AND

2. US or Canadian owned dog/bitch

 

TIER 2-- dogs/bitches who meet the following criteria:

1.     Jerry O’s Future Shock, Bandsman Newsprint, Bandsman Times Square, Bandsman

       Why Not, Bandsman Early Edition or Enjoy’s Phantom of the Opera on BOTH sides

       of the Pedigree within 7 generations AND

2.   Non-US owned dog/bitch

                              

TIER 3 – dogs/bitches who meet the following criteria:

1.     Jerry O’s Future ShockBandsman Newsprint, Bandsman Times Square, Bandsman

Why Not, Bandsman Early Edition or Enjoy’s Phantom of the Opera on ONE side

of the pedigree within 7 generations in the pedigree AND

2. US or Canadian owned dog/bitch

 

TIER 4--dogs/bitches who meet the following criteria:

1.     Jerry O’s Future Shock.  Bandsman Newsprint, Bandsman Times Square, Bandsman

Why Not, Bandsman Early Edition or Enjoy’s Phantom of the Opera on ONE side

 of the pedigree within 7 generations in the pedigree AND

2. Non-US owned dog/bitch

 

TIER 5--Open US/Canada

 

TIER 6- Open Non-US

 

 

 

Predisposed breed: Miniature Schnauzers – breed specific DNA test

 

Required Samples: EDTA Blood, 1-2 mL or 2-3 Buccal/Cheek Swabs.

 

Turnaround time for results/reports: Up to 4 weeks from the day samples are received in our laboratory

 

Cost: $75. Payment is with credit card per secure online system after testing has been completed. Account holder will receive an email.

 

 

For additional questions email PennGen@lists.upenn.edu

 

Sample Collection Info from PennGen website

 

 

Once samples are collected they can only be sent after account has been set up with PennGen and should be shipped by reliable service to: PennGen/MAC DNA testing, Ryan Veterinary Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, 3900 Delancey Street Rm 4013, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6010 USA; 215-898-3375. Cheek Swabs and Self-addressed envelope/labels will be provided for your convenience by the AMSC Health Committee for the initial roll-out. Please refer to AMSC’s document “Process for Submitting Requests for Cheek Swab Samples for MAC Test & TIER Designationsfor submission instructions for initial testing or email AMSCHealthgroup@yahoogroups.com