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Why you should add genetic testing to your practice

As veterinarians, the life-altering power of the human-animal bond is something that we have always appreciated, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this phenomenon for the rest of the world. Ninety-five percent of pet owners now consider their pet a part of their family, and 87% of pet owners report that they have personally experienced the mental and/or physical health benefits of the human-animal bond.1 Today’s pet parents want the absolute best care possible for their loved ones, and it’s important to deliver that care by utilizing the most up-to-date information available to us. We must continue to advance how we render care in order to effectively meet the changing needs of our clients. 

The great news is that we finally have the technology at our fingertips in veterinary medicine that is affordable, accessible, and allows for the early detection of many life-altering conditions in our pets. A shift from reactive to proactive medicine is what is needed to allow pet parents to partner with their trusted veterinarian in order to provide the absolute best care possible. Early detection of risk factors can have lifesaving results in your patients.

In the past, a veterinary wellness visit was a chance to update vaccinations, prescribe parasite prevention, and provide a physical exam. Over the years, that has evolved to often include laboratory tests such as blood chemistries, complete blood count, and urinalysis. In some cases, radiography, ultrasonography, and other imaging modalities are performed. However, what if there was an easy and affordable way to provide our pet parents with even more personalized care? With genetic testing, now we can.

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Basepaws to sponsor and support AAFP


Basepaws, a Zoetis company, providing veterinary teams with early detection health risk tests based on genetic and oral microbiome data, announces its sponsorship and support of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

A leading organization in feline medicine, "The AAFP works to improve the standards of feline health and well-being, in part by providing its members and the veterinary community with valuable feline resources."1 The sponsorship from Basepaws will help the association support feline practitioners through the AAFP's weekly Newsbrief, the annual conference, and speaker sponsorships. “Basepaws joined the AAFP as a sponsor in 2022. We are delighted to work together to create educational resources and support veterinary professionals as they strive to increase the standard of care provided to cats,” statesHeather O'Steen, CAE, AAFP's CEO

Kristin Wuhrman, EVP of Veterinary Strategy and Operations at Basepaws shares, "We are very excited to support AAFP and their dedication to advancing feline medicine. Basepaws is committed to improving the health and well-being of cats everywhere. Genetic testing can help deliver personalized, proactive pet care by enabling veterinarians and pet parents to better monitor for subtle signs of illness based on a pet's genetic risk profile."

Feline health has also been the focus of Basepaws since its founding in 2016 and the introduction of the first-of-its-kind feline breed and health DNA test. Today, Basepaws continues its mission to support feline health and veterinary care teams with the introduction of an exclusive veterinary line of genomic tests, including the Feline Baseline Breed & Health and Oral Microbiome-Dental Disease tests.

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Basepaws unveils new genomic screening tools for veterinary teams

July 28, 2022
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Encourages customized proactive care for potentially better patient outcomes

figure imageBasepaws Inc, a Zoetis company and pioneer in pet care genetics, has released a comprehensive portfolio exclusively for veterinary professionals: genetic and oral microbiome screening tools for disease risk.

According to a company release,1 Basepaws’ DNA sequencing offers more detailed and specific insights than the consumer-facing methods. Basepaws Veterinary genetic tests screen for 64 feline health markers and over 210 canine health markers related to known genetic diseases. Plus, Basepaws Veterinary oral microbiome tests examine over 600 relevant oral microbes to assess risk for the most common feline dental disease. The data collected can direct veterinarians and pet owners in choosing yearly wellness programs, routine diagnostic tests, and lifestyle changes based on a pet’s unique genetics.

What’s more, Basepaws is launching exclusively with MWI Animal Health, a distributor of animal health products and services and a subsidiary of AmerisourceBergen, to advance veterinarians’ access to their portfolio of genomic and oral microbiome screening tools.

“The pace of innovation across the animal health industry continues to accelerate. At MWI, we continue to expand our services and enhance our distribution capabilities to ensure veterinarians nationwide have timely and reliable access to products that have the potential to help pets live longer and healthier lives,” said Steve Shell, president of MWI Animal Health.1 “We are excited to work with Basepaws to provide veterinarians efficient access to the company’s new screening tools.”

Read the Basepaws news release here.

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Zoetis Completes Acquisition of Basepaws, an Innovative Leader in Petcare Genetics, to Strengthen its Portfolio of Precision Animal Health Solutions

June, 22, 2022

PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Basepaws, a privately held petcare genetics company, which provides pet owners with genetic tests, analytics and early health risk assessments. The genetic insights from Basepaws help pet owners and veterinarians understand an individual pet’s risk for disease and can lead to more meaningful engagements and increased likelihood of early detection and treatment of disease. The acquisition was first announced on June 7th, and financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“When we first met Basepaws CEO Anna Skaya and the team, we were immediately drawn to their passion for pets and the role that genetic testing and data analytics can have in advancing animal care – a purpose that drives us every day,” said Zoetis CEO Kristin Peck. “The addition of Basepaws will enhance our portfolio in the precision animal health space and inform our future pipeline of petcare innovations. Working together, we can continue to provide veterinarians and pet owners with more comprehensive ways to proactively manage the health, wellness and quality of care for their animals.”

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Basepaws seeks participants for feline and canine dermatitis research

The health data from these studies may inform the development of new screening tools, says Basepaws.

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If you are a veterinary professional in a practice that has a prevalence of feline or canine atopic dermatitis and/or food allergic dermatitis cases, Basepaws welcomes you to join this research effort. The genetic and oral microbiome health data from these studies could potentially inform the development of new screening tools that could change the future of diagnosis and treatment for dogs and cats affected by these debilitating conditions.

Please contact Basepaws directly at to participate. You can also visit the Basepaws Research page to learn about additional clinical studies for which the company is currently recruiting.


Basepaws seeks participants for clinical research on GI lymphoma and IBD


The importance of research on GI lymphoma and IBD and how to participate in the Basepaws study

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Basepaws is actively seeking veterinary partners to aid in clinical recruitment for its canine and feline GI lymphoma studies to build off of and validate its preliminary citizen science research findings. The company is collaborating on this project with veterinary partners such as Nicole Martell-Moran, DVM, MPH, DABVP (feline), of The Feline Medical Center in Houston, Texas. If you are a veterinary professional in a practice that has a prevalence of feline or canine GI lymphoma and/or IBD cases, Basepaws welcomes the chance to collaborate with you and your team. The genetic and oral microbiome health data from this research could potentially inform the development of new screening tools that more reliably distinguish between GI lymphoma and IBD.

You can contact Basepaws directly at to participate. You can also read Basepaws’ blog on GI lymphoma and IBD and visit the Basepaws Research page to learn how to participate in other ongoing clinical studies.