AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD EPILEPSY RESEARCH
Instructions for Blood & Tissue Sample Submission
- Submit 10 cc’s of whole blood in a purple-topped (EDTA) tube(s). If
10-cc tubes are not available, use two 5-cc tubes or three 3-cc tubes.
- Put the blood sample in the tubes and gently rock it a few times to
distribute the anticoagulant: Do not spin, extract serum, or anything
further. Refrigerate if the sample is being held for any time before
- If the dog dies, donating an organ will provide an
enormous supply of DNA for the research. Please discuss organ donation with
your veterinarian before the dog’s death.
- If the dog is to be euthanized, first take a blood
sample if possible, and send both samples.
- Appropriate organs in order of preference are: 1)
spleen: 2 )kidney: 3) liver (only a portion of the liver is needed).
- Have the organ removed as soon as possible after the
dog’s death. Place the organ into a labeled freezer bag, place in a second
bag, freeze, and ship.
Labeling and Forms
- Label the sample with the following: Australian Shepherd
Epilepsy Research, dog’s registered name, AKC number, call name, and
affected/not affected status.
- If you are submitting several dogs’ samples together,
number each dog’s forms and samples to prevent a mix up (Sample #1, #2 etc.,
accompanies forms #1, #2, etc.)
- Complete the
- Complete an
Questionnaire and include a Pedigree with the sample. Mark the pedigree
with a highlighter to indicate where this dog fits in the pedigree, and in
the space at the bottom provide the dog’s registered name, call name, and
AKC number (if they are not on the Pedigree) and relationship to the
epileptic dog(s) in the Pedigree, and indicate affected/ not affected
- Pack the sample in a small insulated container (most
vets have these for shipping samples to labs), with one or more cool packs.
Blood samples must be kept cool but not frozen, and the tissue must be kept
as frozen as possible. If you’re sending both types of samples together,
place the cool packs around the tissue sample, and wrap the blood samples in
newspaper or other packing material to insulate it somewhat from the cool
packs and frozen organ.
- Ideally , ship the sample immediately (make sure tissue
samples are completely frozen first). Ship by overnight delivery (US Mail,
UPS, or FedEx). Do not send on a Friday because no one may be
available to accept the delivery on a Saturday, and the sample might become
unusable by Monday.
- If the samples are held for a day or over the weekend,
blood must be refrigerated and gently rocked to redistribute everything once
a day, and the tissue samples must be kept frozen.
- If you are sending samples from outside the U.S.,
please read additional instructions.
- Send samples with all forms to:
Australian Shepherd Epilepsy Research
C/O Dr. Ned Patterson
Neuromuscular Genetics Lab
University of Minnesota
C339 Veterinary Teaching Hospitals
1352 Boyd Ave.
St. Paul MN 55108
If you have any questions or need assistance
please call the neuromuscular genetics lab at