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Health Clinics: DNA

September 12, 2023 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

Williamette Conference Rooms

DNA Blood Draw / CHIC


Dr Renee Girens

After completing her undergrad, Dr. Girens worked in research and received her masters degree. During her work in research she found a niche in working with the laboratory veterinarian and after shadowing in the clinic she knew that was what she wanted to do with her life. 

Her journey in the veterinary field started with her thinking her focus would be in laboratory animal veterinary field. However, during coursework and clinical rotations she fell in love with cardiology, and her former resident mates in Florida helped solidify that love. Throughout residency, she enjoyed treating heart failure patients to give them the best quality of life in addition to the relationships developed with both patients and their owners. She enjoys connecting with owners to help them understand their pets disease and how to manage cardiac conditions, medically or surgically

She fell in love with the Pacific Northwest during an externship with a cardiologist in Seattle and excitedly joined the Summit Veterinary Referral team after her residency in 2022. 

CHIC Bank:

The Golden Retriever Foundation is once again combining its ongoing DNA blood collection project. There is no charge for the blood draws or shipping. GRF also absorbs the OFA CHIC fee for Goldens. For donating blood to the GRF projects with OFA and Broad Institute, please download and print the DNA Repository form located on the OFA website. Since these forms require extensive information, we strongly prefer this step be done in advance of the clinic, which will save you time on the day of the clinic.

Please download and complete the DNA Repository form and submit with this order, or return to GRCAHC@gmail.com to complete the pre-registration process.

UC Davis Laboratory

Blood will also be drawn for the Golden Retriever DNA panels listed below.
GRCA will cover the cost of shipping.

Golden Retriever Health Panel

$90 preregistration (normal fee $130), $100 walk-ins

This test panel may be useful to breeders who wish to track and increase genetic diversity of their breed as a long-term goal.

  • Congenital Ichthyosis 1 and 2 In Golden Retrievers
  • Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (CMS) In Golden Retrievers
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
  • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (NCL) In Golden Retriever
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA1 and PRA2) In Golden Retrievers
  • Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration (PRA-prcd)
  • Sensory Ataxic Neuropathy (SAN) In Golden Retrievers

Genetic Diversity Testing for Golden Retrievers

$50 (normal fee $80)

The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL), in collaboration with Dr. Niels C. Pedersen and staff, has developed a panel of short tandem repeat (STR) markers that will determine genetic diversity across the genome and in the Dog Leukocyte Antigen (DLA) class I and II regions.

Health Clinic Overview Schedule

Tuesday (9/12)Wednesday (9/13)Thursday (9/14)Friday (9/15)
PU Clinic (8:30AM-4:00PM)PU Clinic (8:30AM-4:00PM)
DNA/CHIC (8:00AM-4:00PM)DNA/CHIC (8:00AM-4:00PM)DNA/CHIC (9:30AM-3:00PM)DNA/CHIC (8:00AM-4:00PM)
OFA Eye Clinic (8:00AM-4:00PM)
OFA Cardiac Clinic (8:00AM-4:00PM)OFA Cardiac Clinic (8:00AM-4:00PM)
$90 CHIC bank: $0, Health panel: $90, Diversity: $50
3700 Knox Butte Rd E
Albany, OR 97322 United States
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