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Our monthly client newsletter, Paws, Claws and Udder Things, includes information about emerging animal health issues, new tests and services, continuing professional development opportunities and tips for getting the most out of your local laboratory. To view and download back issues of Paws, Claws and Udder Things select from the volumes below: If you would […]

Ear notch sampling

Ear notch tissue is an ideal sample for BVD testing on animals of all ages (for PCR and antigen ELISA testing).  We’ve now made it easy for you to take samples using a reliable method that is quick, safe, user-friendly, easy to transport and efficient for us to process in the laboratory. Introducing the Allflex […]

New online CPD session available!

Visit this link to watch a CPD presentation by our fabulous Kathryn Jenkins titled “Mast cell tumours – Cytologic diagnosis and grading. This is a recording of Kathryn’s presentation from the recent Winterfest held by VSA in Auckland. Other online CPD can be found on our website here.

Case of the month

LISA HULME-MOIR Many of us are familiar with the classic cases of young bull terrier type dogs coming in with demodicosis. However not many may have Demodex at the forefront of our minds when working up skin disease in older animals. A recent case highlights the value of skin cytology and the need to keep […]

FIP diagnostics

HANIA KLOBUKOWSKA Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a disease not uncommonly seen throughout New Zealand. It is caused by feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) which exists as two pathotypes: the ‘ubiquitous enteric biotype’ and the ‘virulent biotype.’ The enteric biotype has a prevalence that approaches 100%, especially in multi-cat households, and mainly causes a self-limiting diarrhoea. […]

Water trough check-up

Could your clients be pouring valuable trace element supplementation down the drain? Mineral supplementation comes at a price, so with your clients in mind, we’ve developed a testing system that allows you to check-up on the mineral content of stock water supplies to ensure levels are adequate, but are not drowning in it!  Whether farmers […]

Consumable of the month

Do you order laboratory consumable items from us online or via our order form?  If you need just one blood tube or swab, or enough for a herd, we’ve got you covered. Our featured consumable item in August is microscope slide holders / cases. These slide holders are essential if you ever need to send […]

Free-T4 testing delayed

Our Free-T4 (by equilibrium dialysis) testing is delayed due to the USA supplier experiencing issues with shipping radioactive materials to New Zealand. We have been advised that the kit will be dispatched this week and we can expect to receive the kit within 2 weeks of dispatch (pending quick clearance through customs). If required, we […]

Salmonella study

Information for veterinarians Cases of Salmonella in the dairy industry have been increasing over recent years. Whilst this increase has been moderate with both Salmonella Typhimurium and S. Brandenburg, it has been significant with S. Bovismorbificans, which has seen a dramatic and sustained increase in cases since 2015 with a concomitant increase in human and […]

Proof-reading fail!

Even though we know ENLOSED isn’t actually a word, we figured there was no point discarding thousands of stickers because we had a proof-read fail and missed out a C. So feel free to have a bit of a laugh (if you’ve noticed the mistake), and still use them on your progesterone sample bags! We […]

Dogs, lymphoma and ICC

SUNAO FUJITA Immunocytochemistry (ICC) is an adjunct diagnostic tool, which helps to identify cellular origin utilizing the accuracy of antibody-antigen binding. In comparison with immunohistochemistry (IHC), which is more commonly used in both human and veterinary medicine, ICC is not routinely exploited for the classification of a variety of neoplastic lesions. However, ICC has the […]