Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing for Domestic Cats

Leslie A. Lyons, Reuben M. Buckley

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The era of precision/genomic medicine has arrived, including its application within veterinary medicine for the health care of companion animals. The plummeting costs of assaying large groups of genetic tests into one panel has led many laboratories offering direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing for animals, including cats. However, proper education of the consumer and the veterinarian is lacking, causing a significant lack of genetic counseling pertaining to the results of the genetic tests. This article addresses the current state of DTC testing in domestic cats and the implications for veterinary care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)991-1000
Number of pages10
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Direct to consumer
  • DTC
  • Genetic testing
  • Genomic testing
  • Precision medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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