Genomic-Enhanced Selection A Service Opportunity for Veterinarians

December 21, 2015 04:28 PM

By John Maday, Bovine Veterinarian

During the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants conference, experts from Angus Genetics, Inc., the University of Missouri and Zoetis updated veterinarians on genomic technologies and the use of genomic information in beef-cattle selection.

Zoetis technical services veterinarian Jason Osterstock outlined how veterinarians can provide a valuable service to clients by helping them adopt genomic technologies. He noted that veterinarians today typically provide comprehensive support to their clients, often including advice on performance technologies, nutrition, reproduction preventative medicine and marketing. As genomic tests and the information they provide become more powerful, advising clients in their use is a natural fit for the veterinarian, as genetic selection can influence performance, reproduction, health, marketing and overall profitability in cow-calf operations.

Prior to offering clients advice on genomic testing, Osterstock says veterinarians should identify those clients who stand to benefit.


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