Genetic Testing at Gluck, a UK Ag Equine Program, is part of the Department of Veterinary Science in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky. The laboratory relocated to the UK Gluck Equine Research Center in 2009 after being housed in the Dimock Animal Pathology Building for 23 years. The lab was also formally known as the Parentage Testing Laboratory and before that as the Horse Bloodtyping Laboratory. It is one of three laboratories associated with public universities in the United States. 

Established in 1986, Genetic Testing at Gluck offers a variety of genetic testing services to horse owners and individual breed registries. Our staff are directly accessible to help answer questions regarding sample submission, confirm receipt of samples and answer questions regarding parentage problems. 

Although we maintain an excellent turn around time throughout the year, it is advisable to submit samples prior to the very busy months of September to December.  

The research lab also has an active research program dedicated to genetic research of the horse.  Revenues generated by service contracts help fund: 

  • important research on genetic diversity of rare breeds
  • development of a genetic map of the horse
  • identification of genetic markers for heritable problems in the horse