*IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION: The Vetgen von Willebrands Disease (vWD) Type I DNA test is very different from the old protein-based factor assay. VetGen's vonWillebrands Type I DNA test is definitive and final, as it provides a lifelong, permanent determination of the vWD status of each dog tested as contrasted to the factor assay, in which the levels could change over time.
Testing is done by a cheek swab.
INTERPRETING TEST RESULTS: test results will come back as "clear," "carrier," or "affected."
Clear means both of the vWD gene pair are normal.
Carrier means one gene is normal and one is defective.
Affected means both genes are defective.
NOTE: A dog may be certified as 'clear by parentage' if both parents are normal, and parents and the puppy all have AKC DNA numbers. 'Clear by parentage' status applies to the 1st generation only, i.e., it would not be valid for a dog with only grandparents tested as clear, and not the parents.
Age: any age
VetGen's DNA test for vonWillebrands Type I can be ordered at: www.vetgen.com/ordertests.aspx?id=Bernese%20Mountain%20Dog
Ordered at a discounted price, from the BMDCR:
NOTE: VetGen now allows an option (for an additional fee) whereby VetGen will automatically send the test results to OFA. The form for this service can be found on the OFA website: http://offa.org/pdf/dnaapp_bw.pdf
Use this form to list VetGen results with OFA as well.
BERNER-GARDE: Once the results are on the OFA website, it will be entered in Berner-Garde from the quarterly OFA load. Or you can submit the results to BG at anytime, by sending a copy of the DNA test results, and/or a copy of the OFA certification, or by notifying BG that the results are on the CERF website by emailing email@example.com
NOTE: VetGen has also licensed the European company LABOKLIN. Test results from only these two facilities will be accepted at this time.