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Pediatrics and Medical Genetics

Canine, Feline, Exotics/Wildlife
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The genetic make-up of disease

Veterinary medical genetics is the branch of medicine that looks at the role genetic factors play in causing a disease, birth defect, or in herited susceptibility to health problems, such as cancer and heart disease for animals of all ages.

Cornell's genetic specialists provide information about inherited diseases, how they are
passed from generation to generation, and the related health implications. Although a complex and evolving field, we do our best to make the
issues surrounding medical genetics clearer.

Lasting and Meaningful Benefits

  • For individual owners, medical genetics is a window into the future: with medical information at your fingertips sooner, you can act faster,
    better controlling your and your pet's future - possibly even taking steps to prevent the onset of life-stealing disease.
  • For breeders, genetic information gives you the power to change the course of the breed. Not only can you maximize the breeding potential
    of your purebred dogs and cats, but you can help to eliminate breed-specific genetic conditions that all too often make life difficult and
    uncomfortable for those in your care.
  • For referring veterinarians, medical genetics offers a new opportunity to extend the services you offer. We will work hand-in-hand with you to
    ensure that you and your patients have all the information you need to manage the health and well-being of your patients.

Medical Genetics: Conditions

Inherited Diseases in the DNA bank


  • Aggression
  • Obsessive compulsive behavior (light and tail chasing, digging behavior)
  • Separation anxiety and abnormal maternal behavior


  • Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiomyopathies in cats (includes hypertrophic and restrictive)
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congenital vascular abnormalities
  • Degenerative valve disease in dogs
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Pericardial effusions


  • Canine
    • Atopic dermatitis
    • Discoid lupus
    • Follicular dysplasia
    • Generalized demodicosis
    • Ichtyosis
    • Juvenile cellulites
    • Pemphigus foliaceus
    • Primary seborrhea
    • Sebaceous adenitis
  • Feline
    • Atopic dermatitis
    • Pemphigus foliaceus

Small Animal Surgery - Soft Tissue

  • Cleft palate
  • Collapsing tracheas
  • Elongated soft palate
  • Gastric dilation volvuls
  • Idiopathic chylothorax
  • Idiopathic megacolon
  • Laryngeal saccule eversion
  • Liver neoplasia
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Perineal hernia
  • Primary lung tumors
  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Stenotic nares
  • Transitional cell carcinoma
  • Vascular ring anomalies

Small Animal Surgery - Orthopedics

  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypertrophic osteodystrophy
  • Intervertebral disk disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Luxated patellas
  • Osteochondrosis dessican (OCD)
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Panosteitis
  • Ruptured cranial cruciate ligament
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Wobbler syndrome


  • Alaskan malamutes and
  • Afghans,
  • Borzoi,
  • Huskies,
  • Greyhounds,
  • Scottish deer hounds,
  • Whippets
  • Persians
  • Himalayans that go to anesthesia

Small Animal Medicine

  • Calcium oxalate urolithiasis
  • Cholangiohepatitis
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Copper storage hepatitis
  • Cushing's syndrome
  • Diabetes insipidus
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Ectopic ureters
  • Hepatitis (breed related - Cocker Spaniels, Doberman, Labrador Retrievers and West Highland White Terriers)
  • Hypercalcemia (feline)
  • Hyperlipidemia (Shetland Sheepdogs and Schnauzers)
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypoadrenocorticism (Standard Poodles)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Inflammatory bowel disease IBD)or any patient getting GI biopsies (stomach, small intestine or colon)
  • Idiopathic epilepsy
  • Immune mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA)
  • Microvascular dysplasia
  • Nephritis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Portosystemic shunt
  • Renal dysplasia
  • Hemophilia A (Factor VIII deficiency)
  • Hemophilia B (Factor IX deficiency)
  • Scott syndrome (platelet function defect)
  • Von Willebrand disease (vWF deficiency)


  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Mast cell tumor
  • Osteosarcoma


  • Cataracts
  • Corneal dystrophy
  • Distichiasis
  • Equine recurrent uveitis
  • Geographic retinal dystrophy (canine)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca
  • Lens luxation (primary)
  • Night blindness (equines)
  • Optic nerve hypoplasia
  • Primary glaucoma
  • Progressive retinal atrophy (canine and bovine)
  • Retinal dysplasia
  • Sudden acquired retinal degeneration
  • Nictitans gland prolapse
  • Uveodermatologic syndrome


  • Azoospermia (canine)