Could you remind me when KCGC was founded? Is it correct to divide the £6.5 million funding ‘over the years’ by the number of years the KCGC has existed to determine annual funding? Is it a possibility that the costs of CAGT DNA testing will increase?

The KCGC was formally founded in 2009, although the AHT had been undertaking canine genetics research prior to that. Our current annual running costs are about £500,000 per year. The genetic testing market is a busy place, so we have to keep the costs of our tests within a competitive range.

When the KC gave you £750k did they indicate how long they would continue funding?

Yes, the initial £750k was for five years. The KC subsequently extended funding for five years (2014 – 2019), and again from 2019 – 2022. The latter period was interrupted by covid and our move to Cambridge, so was was extended until March 2023. The KCCT provided £320k of funding for the twelve month period that is ending in March.