Irish equine science company Plusvital is delighted to announce a partnership with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute on a range of genetic tests for Thoroughbred horses. Powered by Equinome’s cutting edge genomic tools, the genetic tests analyse the DNA of a horse to predict optimum race distance, optimum race surface and performance potential.
Speaking at the announcement of this new partnership, Plusvital CSO Prof Emmeline Hill said: “We are delighted to partner with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute on our genetic tests to their diverse client base in North America. Both organisations share a dedication to improving the health and welfare of the horse through the application of innovative technologies rooted in sound scientific research.”
Speaking on behalf of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Partner, Dr. Michael Hore said: “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Plusvital. Plusvital has been at the forefront of genetic testing in recent years and we are happy to offer this service to our clients. Plusvital has invested significant resources into equine science research and we look forward to working with them as they discover new and innovative genetic testing for equine health and performance.”
The Plusvital genetic tests, on offer through the Hagyard Laboratory located at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, include the Speed Gene Test, as well as the Distance Plus Test, which further refines a horse’s optimum trip. Both these tests may be combined as part of Plusvital’s Racing GenePak, which also offers the option of the Dirt vs Turf Test to identify a horse’s genetic preference for a given race surface.
Plusvital maintains an on-going, multi-million euro genomic and nutrition research program at its headquarters in Ireland, with its most recent high-profile development being the launch of EnerGene-Q10, the world’s first nutrigenomic supplement for horses. This specifically tailored supplement increases and maintains the energy levels of horses during exercise, with particularly benefit for T:T type horses as categorised by the Speed Gene Test.
With over 15,000 Thoroughbreds genetically tested worldwide to date, Plusvital’s clients include leading trainers, owners and breeders in all of the major Thoroughbred regions.
Prices for Plusvital’s genetic tests start at just $350.
With more than 50 veterinarians and 141 years behind it, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute is the oldest and one of the largest private equine veterinary practices in the world. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the facility, located across the street from the Kentucky Horse Park, boasts superior ambulatory services, the world-renowned Davidson Surgery Center, McGee Medicine and Fertility Centers, Hagyard Laboratory, Hagyard Sports Medicine & Podiatry Center, and hyperbaric medicine facilities.
The Hagyard Laboratory is staffed with professional, certified Medical Technologists and Technicians with extensive knowledge and many years of experience in all areas related to equine veterinary laboratory medicine. The Hagyard Laboratory offers services in real-time PCR, hematology, clinical chemistry, cytology, parasitology, endocrinology, microbiology, and Coggins testing.