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Pedigree Analyst

Investigate animals' bloodlines to help breeding efforts.

What does a Pedigree Analyst do?

A Pedigree Analyst is a Scientist trained in the specialty of animal traits. A Pedigree Analyst’s job is to evaluate a certain animal and ascertain the likelihood of that animal exhibiting a specific characteristic. Will the puppies produced from Mom A and Dad B, have brown patches, poor eyesight, or long legs? The job of a Pedigree Analyst is different from that of an Animal Geneticist, who isolates certain genes within the DNA of the animal. Although, you consider the genetics, you evaluate other factors as well.

Within this field, there are two main focuses. The first is to advise people about breeding partners. Typically, this part of your job has you working with animals in competitive sports such as horse racing or dog shows. Owners and potential buyers want to increase the chances of producing an animal with a certain height, coat, or speed. For example, racing horses often undergo thorough pedigree analysis with prospective breeding companions. Your job is to evaluate a few generations of each bloodline, and make recommendations with your findings.

The second main area of this occupation is in diagnosing potential genetic problems in a bloodline and working to eliminate them. Say, for example, several generations of animals have succumbed to a particular eye disease. Your job is to research all the information available about the family tree and establish who the carriers are, which mates will increase the chances of propagating the disease and which genetic matches would eliminate the defect for the next generation.