Equine Genetics Symposium

Participants and organizers at the inaugural Equine Genetics Forum
Participants and organizers at the inaugural Equine Genetics Forum

The inaugural Equine Genetics Forum, hosted by the UC Davis Center for Equine Health and the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, was held on August 18, 2018 at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The event featured lectures, discussions and tours focused on current research and testing related to equine genetics and reproduction. A wide array of topics was covered including inherited diseases in horses, parentage, coat color, and performance trait testing, the role of genomics in regenerative medicine, and an update on advanced equine reproductive technology. The approximately 40 horse owners, breeders and breed registry representatives in attendance, representing a diversity of breeds from Arabians to Warmbloods, had the opportunity to tour the Center for Equine Health facility as well as the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory to see firsthand how research and genetic testing are conducted at UC Davis.

The event was well-received, with participants commenting on the engaging talks and variety of topics. One of the most popular sessions was on the genetics of equine coat color, presented by Dr. Rebecca Bellone, director of the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. If you missed it, or want to hear it again, Dr. Bellone will be offering an encore of this talk at the 2019 Western States Horse Expo on Saturday, May 11 at the Murieta Equestrian Complex in Sacramento.

Keep an eye out for information on the next Equine Genetics Forum to be held in 2020!