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Embark Cancer Study


Join us in the fight against canine cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs, with over 6 million dogs diagnosed each year. 

Your dog can make a difference with a simple cheek swab.

Embark Veterinary is actively recruiting Poodles and Rottweilers diagnosed with common cancers in order to identify possible genetic risk factors.

— Currently Enrolling —

Is my dog eligible?

Embark Veterinary is currently recruiting DNA samples from purebred Poodles (all sizes) and Rottweilers diagnosed with one of these common types of cancer:

  • Hemangiosarcoma 
  • Lymphoma 
  • Mast cell tumor 
  • Melanoma
  • Osteosarcoma 

How to participate

Participation in our research study is simple. Complete a brief form to enroll your Poodle or Rottweiler diagnosed with cancer. If your dog is eligible, you will receive an Embark DNA kit at no cost. Follow the instructions in the kit to collect a DNA sample from your dog, create an account to activate the swab, and return the kit to us using the pre-paid shipping mailer.*


About Embark Veterinary cancer research

Cancer is the leading cause of death among dogs, and we want to change that. Embark Veterinary is focused on identifying possible genetic risk factors for certain cancers. We are continually expanding research and plan to include more breeds and types of cancer in the future.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why is Embark only enrolling these breeds?
    This is just the beginning of our focus on canine cancer research. We are planning to include additional breeds in this study in the future.
  • Why is Embark only enrolling purebred dogs at this time?
    Purebred dogs share many common genes, which means that genetic differences between dogs with cancer and those without can often be detected more easily. Those differences may be the key to uncovering specific genetic variants contributing to certain types of cancer. However, as the study expands, the inclusion of mixed breed dogs may offer unique insights. Importantly, all dogs (including mixed breed dogs) can benefit from this research.
  • Why is Embark only investigating these types of cancer?
    In order to identify potential genetic links, we need a substantial number of samples from dogs diagnosed with one type of cancer. We are initially focusing our research efforts on the most common canine cancers. However, we anticipate including additional cancer types in the future. Please continue to check on this page to see if we have expanded our research to investigate additional cancer types.
  • What if my dog has already been tested by Embark?
    If your dog has already been tested by us, please navigate to the Research page in your dog’s Embark profile and complete our cancer survey. If your dog qualifies for this study, your dog will be automatically enrolled and we may send you follow-up surveys from time to time to see how your dog is doing (you can opt out at any time).
  • What happens after I fill out the form?
    Selected participants will receive an email with information about how to obtain an Embark DNA collection kit at no cost. Once you receive the kit, you will need to create an Embark profile for your dog and follow the included instructions to return the DNA sample. Once the sample is received by our laboratory and the sample is processed, you will receive our standard Embark genetic testing results that include ancestry, genetic health, and trait results. Additionally, we may reach out to you with questions or future surveys which can help power important discoveries for canine health.
  • How do I collect a sample from my dog?

    Instructions for collecting your dog’s DNA with a cheek swab are included with the collection kit. We also have a page and video to demonstrate the swabbing process.

  • Can I send other types of samples, such as blood or tissue?
    At this time, we are only accepting DNA samples collected with the Embark cheek swab.
  • Do you provide reimbursement for international shipping?
    We will provide reimbursement for all international shipping for this study. Send a copy of the shipping fee receipt to Please provide a tracking number if available. The fastest way for you to receive your reimbursement is through PayPal. If you have an account, please provide the email associated with it. If you do not have a PayPal account, let us know your full shipping address for a check to be mailed to you. Delivery time for PayPal is 1 day once the request is processed. A mailed check can take 5-10 business days or longer depending on location.
  • My dog has passed away. Can I still participate in the study?

    We’re so sorry for your loss — everyone at Embark knows how important dogs are in our lives. While this study is limited only to live dogs, if you have tested with us prior, you and your dog can still make contributions to learning more about canine cancer. If you navigate to the Research page in your account, you will be able to take the Common Cancers survey.

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