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November 19th 2016:So What's Your Mutt's Story?

November is Family Stories Month, and Doggie DNA can tell the tale of your pup's past! Everyone knows the game: you meet a mutt at the dog park and start the guessing game. "Is he a border collie - lab?" "No, we think he's probably an Aussie - Golden mix?" "Really, cuz he looks more like a dog we once had who was a German - Pointer - Poodle blend." Bets are taken, and you all leave the dog park knowing you've hit the "Guess the Mix" jackpot. But did you know that only a fraction of DNA code actually affect the a dog's physical traits, and recognizable traits from dominate breeds mightn't rev

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Dr. Angela Hughes

Angela M. Hughes DVM, PhD serves as Veterinary Geneticist for Mars Veterinary where she developed a new analysis to genetically align potential breeding dogs – Optimal Selection™. She is also involved in several canine genetics studies and on-going development of the Wisdom Panel® canine ancestry tests. Dr. Hughes completed her DVM, veterinary genetics residency, PhD in genetics, and held an associate clinical professor position at the University of California, Davis. She has been published in multiple academic publications including JAVMA, contributed chapters in Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice: Pediatrics and Large Animal Internal Medicine 5th Ed., and present
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Randy Smith

Randy Smith has over 25 years of experience in managing key accounts and growing business for DNA and genetic services companies. He has extensive experience in providing customer support to both organizational and private DNA testing operations. Randy has been employed with DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) since 2001 and in March 2003 was chosen to direct the initiative for starting DDC's veterinary DNA subsidiary (DDC Veterinary). Since then, Randy has overseen the subsidiary’s marketing and customer service initiatives. During that time DDC Veterinary has grown into an industry leader in Veterinary DNA Testing. Prior to joining DNA Diagnostics Center, Randy was employed at PIC (Pig
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Tom Arnold & Ullr the Dog

Tom Arnold left Microsoft to start in early 2010. “I wanted to combine my passion for 20 years of software development with my love of animals and know that I’m making a difference in my lifetime,” he said when asked why he left the software giant. After his cat went missing in 2009 (re-united two days later), Tom learned that once an animal goes missing, less than 2% of cats and 18% of dogs ever get back to their families (source: ASPCA). In just two years, had returned over 500 companion animals with 96.8% of them home in under 24-hours, and 35% home in under 4-hours. Ullr the Dog is a practically perfect pup, weighing in at a 55 pounds of cuddle-bug. He's 7 ye
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