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We will be offering exams for OFA eyes and dentition.

ASSA will pay the OFA submission fee for the eye tests done as part of the National health clinic. You need NOT be an ASSA member to participate.

Questions? Contact Glenda at:

Mail completed form with check made out to ASSA 2021 to:

Glenda Price
357 Joy Haven Dr.
Sebastian, FL 32958


Optimal Selection Canine DNA test kit – Special Offer for Shetland Sheepdogs (April 1st-May 31st, 2021)

What: 15% off Optimal SelectionTM Canine kit orders (normally $129.99, sale price of $110) Where:
When: April 1 – May 31, 2021.
With: ASSANat2021 coupon code

Optimal Selection is a comprehensive breeder testing panel of over 200 genetic disease tests. It includes the following Sheltie tests at no additional charge: MDR1, Sheltie PRA (CNGA1 variant), Sheltie PRA (BBS2 variant), CEA, von Willebrand’s Type 3, Degenerative Myelopathy, traits (including merle, recessive black, and S-locus**), and diversity. The MDR1 test is licensed and approved through Washington State University and the CEA test is exclusively licensed through the Cornell Research Foundation. The DNA test for lance canine teeth is not currently included, but will in the future.

Dermatomyositis (DMS) testing previously purchased through the Optigen is being offered as an additional test which requires separate swabs and ordering via . The same gold-standard processes utilized by Optigen are being used by Optimal Selection. This is a more detailed, time consuming process and involves more expensive testing methods to ensure accurate results. The DMS test is $99.99. The turnaround time is 3-4 weeks once samples are received at the laboratory.

*The Optimal Selection test kit includes many more disease and trait tests than those listed above that are of primary interest to Sheltie owners. To see the entire list, go to: .

**The S-locus test is for what Sheltie owners call white-factoring (others call Piebald). However, there are other genes that may cause white spotting as well.

This is a“Kitless”test, meaning that you will have to supply your own cheek swabs. If you are attending the National and have ordered the DMS test, contact Mary Mahaffey by April 21, and she will supply cheek swabs for this test.





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