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Lisa Shaffer Receives The Startup Weekly’s 2021 Women in Business to Watch Award

Lisa G Shaffer, PhD of Paw Print Genetics, a division of Genetic Veterinary Sciences, Inc. was recently awarded a 2021 Women in Business to Watch award from The Startup Weekly. The Startup Weekly presented the Women in Business to Watch award to individuals who have demonstrated distinct entrepreneurial excellence in building and growing businesses in 2021.

Dr. Shaffer is the Founder and CEO of Genetic Veterinary Sciences, Inc.® (DBA Paw Print Genetics). Prior to Paw Print Genetics®, she was the co-Founder, President and CEO of Signature Genomic Laboratories. Dr. Shaffer received her BS in Biology from Washington State University, Pullman in 1984 and her PhD in Human Genetics from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond in 1990. She was a tenured Professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine when she moved to Spokane in 2002 and was a Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University, Spokane from 2002-2008. Dr. Shaffer has authored over 300 medical publications, almost two dozen book chapters, and four books in various aspects of clinical genetics. Dr. Shaffer is a board-certified geneticist by the American Board of Medical Genetics.


This year’s awards attracted a record number of applications from leaders across several industries and company stages in the United States. The winners were selected by an esteemed panel of judges comprised of top founders, investors, and senior business leaders. The judges evaluated applicants based on personal achievements, professional success, and contributions to the business community at large.


“No one person is ever responsible for a company’s success”, stated Dr. Shaffer, “my success, our success, is due to the hard work and vision of our entire team and we are grateful to our customers for entrusting us with their genetic testing. Thank you to The Startup Weekly for recognizing our achievements.”


"This year’s award recipients represent the very best of entrepreneurial excellence in the United States. The judging panel was thoroughly impressed by the accomplishments of all awardees,” said Peter Justin, Managing Editor of The Startup Weekly.

About Genetic Veterinary Sciences, Inc.

Located in Spokane, Washington, Genetic Veterinary Sciences, Inc. was founded in 2012 and is dedicated to raising the standard in canine, feline and avian genetic diagnostic testing, carrier screening, and customer support. With four brands under the company’s umbrella, Paw Print Genetics, Canine HealthCheck, CatScan and AvianDx, the company’s mission is to achieve optimal pet genetic health by providing outstanding resources for owners, breeders, trainers, and veterinarians for dogs, cats and exotic birds. For more information, visit one of our brands at,, and

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About The Startup Weekly

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Information Regarding Sample Shipments

We understand that important breeding decisions are made based on the genetic results you receive from your testing. Therefore, our goal is to provide you with accurate results and quality customer service, in addition to a quick turnaround time. Typically, you can expect your results in 14 days or less from the time we receive your samples in our laboratory.

We recognize there have been recent delays in shipping with the United States Postal Service (USPS) due to various circumstances. We know that this is frustrating, but unfortunately, the USPS is out of our control. However, this does not mean that we do not have ways to help. Our customers are our top priority. We have a few suggestions to ensure that your samples get to us quickly and safely for the fastest results:

Provide your own swabs. Although we offer complimentary swabs to our customers in the US and Canada (not including shipping to Canada), you can also purchase your own cheek swabs at your local drugstore to swab your pups. This way you do not have to wait on receiving the swab kits from our office. You can review this information here at our website to ensure you are following the proper guidelines.

Choose another sample method. In addition to cheek swabs, we also accept a variety of different sample types. For example, if you are planning for an upcoming litter, you can provide us with dewclaw samples. To review our accepted sample types, in addition to our instructions, visit our samples page.

Ship your samples back with a different courier. To avoid possible delays with the USPS, you can choose to ship your samples back to our laboratory using FedEx, UPS, Purolator (Canada) and more. Using these alternatives may help ensure that your package is delivered on time. Be sure to send directly to our street address, which can be found here.

We are not responsible for shipping delays caused by the USPS, and, unfortunately, cannot refund or credit expedited shipping once kits have been shipped. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at or call us at 509-483-5950 or toll-free 1-855-202-4889. Thank you for your understanding and patience regarding any shipping delays. As always, we appreciate you and will do our best to provide you the most outstanding, quality testing that you need for your breeding program.

Paw Print Genetics Launches 46 New Tests for Inherited Diseases and Traits Found in Canines

Spokane, Wash. February 1st, 2021 – Paw Print Genetics, a division of Genetic Veterinary Sciences, Inc., has launched 46 new, highly desired disease and trait tests to their ever-growing menu of genetic assays. This menu now consists of nearly 300 different tests for over 350 different breeds of dog, the largest in the industry.

Among these are new tests for Labrador retrievers, Beagles, Collies and many other breeds. All tests offered at Paw Print Genetics are based on the published, medical literature, and developed and validated in their laboratory in Spokane, WA.

“We are very excited to provide these tests to our customer community of breeders, veterinarians and dog owners.” stated Dr. Lisa Shaffer, CEO of Paw Print Genetics.  “By offering the largest menu of tests available, Paw Print Genetics continues to be the leading provider of testing for genetic conditions in dogs. With our staff of geneticists and veterinarians, we provide genetic counseling services to fully support our customers in their testing.”

These additional tests further Paw Print Genetics’ mission to help breeders achieve optimal canine genetic health. Paw Print Genetics strictly follows the published standards and guidelines for canine clinical genetic testing laboratories. As such, all testing conducted by Paw Print Genetics is performed in duplicate with two independent methods, ensuring a 99.9% accuracy rate.

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