Navigating Genetic Disease Testing for the Breeder

Presented by Dr. Aubrey Webb


1.How do I find out what tests are available for a particular breed and where these tests are conducted?


Scientific literature

Individual laboratories

Genetic disease databases.

2.Genetic disease testing

What is a direct vs. indirect test?

What is done with the sample once it is sent to a laboratory?

How long does it take to get results back?

What do the results mean?

3.What if my breed doesn't have a test for a particular disease?



About Dr. Webb: 

Dr. Aubrey Webb was born in Calgary, Alberta.  He received his DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) (Saskatoon, SK) and a PhD in the field of neuroscience from the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK).  As part of his PhD training, Dr. Webb completed a small animal internship with emphasis on small animal neurological disease. 

Dr. Webb was recipient of a highly coveted Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) post-doctoral fellowship in spinal cord injury research.  He has received formal training in neuropathology, neurophysiology, clinical electrodiagnostics, neuroanatomy, sensorimotor behaviour assessment, biomechanics, and veterinary neurology.  He has attended the well-known ACVIM-approved Veterinary Neurology and Advanced Clinical Neurology/Neurosurgery course, and Veterinary MRI of the Nervous System Course.  He is presently an ABVO-approved Resident in Ophthalmology at CullenWebb Animal Eye Specialists.

Dr. Webb was a founding faculty member at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) and was also a researcher within the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary.  He is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Neuroscience.  He has provided neurology consultations and clinical electrodiagnostics at Western Veterinary Specialist Centre (Calgary, AB) and WCVM, and consulted with clinicians on clinical neurology cases at AVC. He has taught various topics in physiology and clinical neurology to veterinary students at the AVC and the UCVM, has taught clinical communication to veterinary students at UCVM, and has taught /supervised several successful graduate neuroscience students.

He has received several awards for academic, teaching, and research accomplishments.  He has also undergone rigorous training in clinical communication through a variety of workshops including the Bayer Animal Health Communication Project.  Dr. Webb has several peer-reviewed publications pertaining to spinal cord injury and peripheral nerve injury research and has published several papers pertaining to clinical veterinary neurology and ophthalmology.  He reviews research for a variety of international scientific journals.  He has also offered continuing education pertaining to neurological and ophthalmic diseases, teaching, and clinical communication to veterinarians.