Serious bummer or any other word you would prefer

All year Glen of Imaal Terrier people have been waiting for some news. You haven’t pushed us, we haven’t pushed them…well, not to be begin with anyway.

Back when the Kennel Club Charitable Trust gave the grant to the EFG  (on behalf of Glen of Imaal Terriers) one of the provisos was that, if the gene could be found, it would be very appreciated if the Animal Health Trust could have the test for inclusion in the services they offered. We all know that Optigen and Bochum discovered it seemingly within about 30 seconds of each other. We all know that the test has been adopted with enthusiasm by the international Glen community. We all expected it just to be a matter of time before the AHT included it on their list as Bochum had instantly made it available to them. We are all to be disappointed.

This is part of an email from the AHT “Due to the nature of the genetic change involved, the test would not fit in with our diagnostic procedures. I had hoped that we would be able to get round that but I am sorry to say that we haven’t been able to do that yet, and I cannot justify committing any further resources when your members do already have the option to have the test done at two different laboratories.” Needless to say we have contested this VERY strongly but the decision has made.This now leaves us with the choices of Optigen or Bochum University who both will continue to provide us with the necessary testing.

OptiGen will be offering their Winter Discount Days for online entries starting January 2nd through January 16th. Entries need to be made during that time using the code Happy2012 for the maximum discount of 25%. Clients will have up to 30 days from the date of their online request to get samples to OptiGen for testing. For more information, please contact Becky at (001) 607-257-0301 or email genetest@optigen.com.