Precision/Genomic Medicine for Domestic Cats

Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2020 Sep;50(5):983-990. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2020.05.005. Epub 2020 Jul 8.


The era of Precision / Genomic Medicine has arrived and can improve the veterinary healthcare of companion animals. The goal of Precision / Genomic Medicine is to use an individual's DNA signature / profile to tailor their treatments of their specific health problems. Whole genome sequencing is now a cost-effective diagnostic tool, leading to the discovery of DNA variants associated with health outcomes. These DNA variants become genetic tests and can readily be applied to future cases of individuals with similar symptoms. This article addresses the current state of Precision Medicine in domestic cats and the implications for veterinary care.

Keywords: Direct-to-consumer genetic testing; Genomic medicine; Precision medicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cat Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Cats
  • Genetic Testing / veterinary*
  • Precision Medicine / veterinary*