Veterinary Genetics

Animals have a profound impact on the lives of humans, from our closest companions to important contributors to the study and prevention of human disease. Learn about how genes, the environment and the interaction between the two play critical roles in understanding animal health, and how this knowledge is applied to animal breeding programs.

In this three-week, experience-based program, you’ll have the rare opportunity to learn from leading faculty and research associates at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, who have an international reputation as experts in DNA-based animal testing. Take part in exciting lectures, discussions and laboratory explorations in several topic areas, including:

  • Learning about different types of animal breeding and the importance of genetic testing to enhance animal populations.
  • Examining efforts to identify causes for genetic disorders, from clinical examination all the way through mutational discoveries. You’ll analyze genetic data to identify mutations and use several computational resources to predict how the mutations can cause disorders.
  • Performing actual genetic testing using the horse as the animal model.

If the concept of genetic research excites you, then UC Davis Pre-College Program in Veterinary Genetics is a great opportunity to get a first-hand look at how biological science and genetic research are changing the world by finding cures to diseases and improving animal and human health.

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