DDC’s Alpaca Partner: Alpaca Owners Association
Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, Alpaca Owners Association, Inc. (AOA) is the world’s largest alpaca association with over 6,000 members and over 250,000 alpacas in its registry database. AOA provides an internationally recognized pedigree registry, national marketing program for alpacas and alpaca fiber products, and magazine (Alpacas Magazine). AOA also provides the industry’s largest Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) program, national show system, and judge training program. With more than 28 years of history, AOA continues to provide support to the North American alpaca industry through programs that assist members in growing their alpaca, alpaca fiber, and alpaca product businesses.
In 2010, the organization sought to find a new DNA service provider. ARI’s selection process involved careful consideration based on a series of interviews, site visits, and client references. DDC emerged as the clear leader from a list of eight DNA testing laboratories. This was based on demonstrable results and reputation for integrity, quality and service in both in both the human and veterinary DNA testing industries.
Six years following that decision, DDC’s service staff and laboratory personnel continue to demonstrate their commitment to the AOA partnership by offering the highest quality testing and service available in the industry. To date DDC has processed over 113,000 DNA tests for the association and according to AOA’s website, “DDC has surpassed our expectations especially in the realm of customer service. Their staff truly views ARI and the alpaca industry as a partner, and they have consistently shown a willingness to enhance testing and add new services.”