Game Testing

Game farms contribute largely to conservation by maintaining natural habitat and by providing resources to support the reintroduction of threatened species. The practicality of conservation can however be challenging. Game farms typically have fragmented populations that require more intensive management. Perhaps the main concern is the ability of a population to react and adapt to environmental challenges. A population with reduced genetic diversity may be more susceptible to diseases and less adaptable to environmental factors. Therefore, it becomes the game breeder’s responsibility to regulate the species and manage their gene pool.

Unistel Medical Laboratories provides the following services for game breeders:

DNA Profile Testing and Parentage verification

Unistel Medical Laboratories offers DNA typing or profiling for game breeders, which can be used for registration purposes and parentage/relationship testing. DNA Profiling, also known as “genotyping” establishes a genetic code for individual animals of every breed. This test does not determine breed type; rather it identifies specific gene markers that are inherited from both parents. At Unistel Medical Laboratories we can preform DNA typing on more than twenty Bovidae species (including buffalo, sable, roan, wildebeest and impala to name a few), rhinoceros, zebra and quagga.

Origin testing

Unistel Medical Laboratories offers Mitochondrial DNA testing for Sables and Roans. We also offer Nuclear DNA testing for Sables.

Colour variants

Unistel Medical Laboratories offers colour variant testing for Impala and the Impala Black gene.

Diversity Index

All samples are catalogued, permanently stored, and remain the property of the owner of the animal.

Animal Genetics price list documents can here found here.

Dear valued supporters and suppliers

As the total effect of the COVID-19 lockdown becomes clear and the knock-on effect of this action is realized, Unistel Medical Laboratories has pro-actively put procedures in place to firstly ensure the absolute safety of staff and secondly to ensure the seamless continued functioning of the laboratory to provide essential diagnostic testing. No patient services, cytogenetic, Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization (FISH) and DNA testing can or will be compromised as this is an essential critical service. Staff will ensure services continue by working in non-overlapping shifts, keep social distance and completing as much analysis and reporting work electronically from home.

Unistel Medical Laboratories is committed to the huge effort to restrict the spread of COVID-19, but will also continue to provide essential world-class diagnostic and DNA testing services.

The veterinary diagnostic services will be continued on the same basis.

As all supporters will realize the turn-around time for results may be compromised slightly, but rest assured, Unistel Medical Laboratories will still do our level best to maintain timely service.