Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing at Gluck

We offer a variety of services including testing for DNA types, disease mutation, color and canine testing.

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Genetic Testing at Gluck, a UK Ag Equine Program, is part of the Department of Veterinary Science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky. The laboratory relocated to the UK Gluck Equine Research Center in 2009 after being housed in the Dimock Animal Pathology Building for 23 years. The lab was also formally known as the Parentage Testing Laboratory and before that as the Horse Bloodtyping Laboratory. It is one of three laboratories associated with public universities in the United States. 

Established in 1986, Genetic Testing at Gluck offers a variety of genetic testing services to horse owners and individual breed registries. Our staff are directly accessible to help answer questions regarding sample submission, confirm receipt of samples and answer questions regarding parentage problems. 

Although we maintain an excellent turn around time throughout the year, it is advisable to submit samples prior to the very busy months of September to December.  

The research lab also has an active research program dedicated to genetic research of the horse.  Revenues generated by service contracts help fund: 

  • important research on genetic diversity of rare breeds
  • development of a genetic map of the horse
  • identification of genetic markers for heritable problems in the horse 

For private test requests, samples must be submitted with the proper submission form containing complete and accurate information. All payments must be received at the time of the request. Results will only be reported to the person submitting and paying for the sample to be tested (hereafter referred to as the Client).The lab will seek to provide results within three weeks. Results will be provided to the Client electronically and/or as a hard copy. 

The University strives to use reasonable care in identifying each sample upon receipt, processing the samples submitted to it for the tests selected on the submission form, and in reporting the results to the Client. Due to the nature of the service to be performed, however, neither the University nor the laboratory makes any representations, guarantees, or warranties, expressed or implied, as to the results reported by the laboratory. If errors are brought to the attention of the laboratory, it agrees to re-run the analysis on resubmitted samples at no additional charge to the Client. Client acknowledges and agrees that re-running the analysis is Client’s sole and only remedy in the event of any mistake or error and hereby waives and releases any and all claims against University, its employees and agents in any way relating to the test and report. The Client will defend, indemnify and hold harmless the University and its  employees and agents against any loss or damage, including attorney fees and related expenses incurred by them in connection with any threatened or actual claim, action, suit or proceeding based upon use of the results or related to this Agreement or the performance or any service contemplated by this Agreement.

These Terms and Conditions constitute a binding agreement between the Client and the University of Kentucky which shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and any claim or action may only be filed in the Franklin Circuit Court under the Kentucky Contract Claims Act.

Kathryn Graves

Associate Professor
Director of Genetic Testing

(859) 218-1193 ktgraves@uky.edu 341 Gluck Research Center 1400 Nicholasville Rd. Lexington, KY 40546

Contact Information

Dr. Dan Howe
Interim Director, Gluck Equine Research Center

437 Gluck Equine Research Center 1400 Nicholasville Rd. Lexington, KY 40546-0099

(859) 218-1113

daniel.howe@uky.edu