Equine Parentage and Animal Genetic Services Centre

Massey University's Equine Parentage and Animal Genetic Services Centre (EPAGS) offers the most comprehensive range of DNA-based genetic testing for animals in New Zealand and we are the only organisation to offer equine blood-typing in Australasia. The Centre is recognised by the International Society of Animal Genetics. 

SNP testing is now available

We are now able to SNP test for all species and can run SNP chips of any size on our Illumina iScan.
You can supply your DNA samples and chips directly to us, or we can perform the DNA extraction for you and run on your specified chip.

We can assist you with your research and testing requirements. Contact us today to set up your SNP chip run

Requesting a test

White alpaca looking at camera


Our main test for alpaca is genotyping - primarily for parentage verification.

Sample requirements for alpaca tests is a blood card.

Tests cost NZ$70 per sample.

EPAGS Test Submission Form.pdf (140 KB)

    Blue and white budgie


    Tests include sexing and screening for chyamydia and psitticine beak and feather disease.

    A chlamydia test requires dry swabs and malaria test need a blood sample. All other tests require feathers or blood samples.

    Cost for bird sexing is $35, PBFD or chlamydia detection $35, and Malaria detection $60.

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    We offer cattle (bovine) testing including genotyping for parentage verification and some genetic screening tests.

    All cattle tests require hair or blood samples.  Semen samples are accepted with a $10 surcharge per straw.

    All tests are NZ$30-35.


    We offer a wide range of equine testing, from DNA profiling and genotyping to coat colour testing and genetic disease screening.
    We have a large range of tests so pricing is variable - check below for more information.
    Herd of crowded sheep in a pen


    We offer testing for spider-lamb syndrome (SLS), also known as inherited chondrodysplasia.
    This test costs NZ$30 and requires a blood sample in EDTA.
    Jack Russell running toward camera


    We offer genotyping, DM, EIC, HUU and PRA-PRCD. Sample requirements is a buccal swab, blood card or hair with roots.

    Testing costs between NZ$35-NZ$70 per sample.


    *all prices include GST

    EPAGS General Price List for Tests.pdf (50 KB)

    EPAGS permit to import restricted biological products

    Permit to import restricted biological products (MPI) (1,141 KB)

    Other tests or animals

    If you have requirements for animals or tests that are not specifically mentioned on this page please get in touch with us below and let us know what you need.

    Testing for registration purposes

    Animals being tested for registration purposes may need to be submitted through your breed society.  If you do not already have one or are unsure, please talk to your relevant breed association or society regarding their specific requirements.

    Get in touch with us

    If you have any questions please contact Michelle Fremaux (Centre Director) on (06) 951 6472 or contact us below.

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    Our expertise and tests

    DNA genotyping

    DNA genotyping

    Used for identification, parent verification and registration.

    Genetic screening tests

    Genetic screening

    These tests detect inherited diseases.

    Avian DNA testing

    Avian DNA

    Used for sex determination and screening of infectious diseases in domestic and native birds.

    Equine blood typing

    Blood typing

    Identify suitability of blood donors and help to identify foals/mares at risk of neonatal isoerythrolysis (NI)

    Coat colour screening

    Coat screening

    Used to help with prediction of coat colour in foals and predisposition to some inherited diseases.

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