Next Optigen clinic

Val Tiller (Foxbarton Border Collies) is holding her annual September OptiGen 20/20 session on Tuesday 6th September.  All breeds are welcome, and a number of Glen of Imaal Terriers have already been DNA tested for GPRA-crd3 through Val’s very efficient sessions.  You can either attend the session with your Glen, or you can choose postal participation.  Either way, please contact Val as soon as possible to either arrange an appointment or to find out when she needs blood samples sent.  Val provides a very comprehensive and helpful information package for anyone having their dogs DNA tested through her clinic session.

There is a 5% discount for online submission of paperwork, which is pretty straightforward to do but needs to be done in advance of the session, so that you can print off and bring the paperwork with you.  If you are going to do this, please wait until you have spoken to Val, because she can give you her discount code to enter on the paperwork, and which entitles you to a further 25% discount.  Alternatively, you can print out the submission form and fill it in by hand; or Val can complete paperwork for you at a small charge that is donated to Border Collie Rescue.

Remember, your dog must have some form of permanent identification (PI) – microchip or tattoo – to be eligible for testing for GPRA-crd3.  Val offers a microchipping service at her sessions.  If you are doing “postal participation” please remember that OptiGen will only take BLOOD samples for Glen testing; you will need to arrange for your vet to draw blood and then send the sample and paperwork to Val for shipping to the OptiGen lab in America.

There is a very reasonable charge at Val’s sessions to cover drawing blood, labelling and shipping.  Tea and biscuits are provided!  For more information, please contact Val – Tel. 01372 273597 or Email: val.tiller@talk21.com.  The sessions are held at: Foxbarton, 15 Beaconsfield Road, Langley Vale, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 6HA.  Val’s next session will be February 2012.