Lab updates

>> We currently have no parasitology testing capability in our Hamilton laboratory.  All samples will be sent to Auckland where they will be given priority. We apologise for any inconvenience this temporary change to our service may cause. >> Have you spoken to our team about the Autumn essentials promotion?  Copper and selenium are at […]

Case of the month

BERNIE VAATSTRA This month we present two cases caused by the same aetiological agent. Case 1: Seven first-calving Friesian heifers from a Waikato dairy herd developed fever and respiratory distress and three died after returning from grazing and presumably being exposed to BHV-1 circulating in the home herd. Necropsy findings included severe necrotising tracheitis (Figure […]

Puppy love

Whether you use in-house analysers or submit samples to the laboratory for testing, it is worth remembering that reference intervals are usually derived from healthy adults, and that significant physiological differences occur between neonates/juveniles and adult dogs. Haematology: At birth, haemoglobin (Hb), haematocrit (HCT) and red cell count (RCC) are close to normal adult levels, […]

Plasma ACTH testing reminder

We featured an article in June 2019 regarding factors that can interfere with ACTH testing for diagnosis of Pars Pituitary Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) in horses.  Since both non-PPID and PPID horses display higher ACTH concentrations in autumn (March, April, May) compared with other times of the year, now is a timely reminder of these interfering […]

Did you know?

ROB FAIRLEY Did you know that encephalitic listeriosis and enteric listeriosis are two quite separate diseases? It would be uncommon for these two conditions to occur at the same time. Enteric listeriosis mainly occurs when sheep are fed poor-quality baleage or silage, and clinical signs develop within a few days of consuming the poor-quality feed […]

Our favourite consumable item

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 May is D-FORMALIZER.  D-Formalizer is a safe chemical treatment for neutralizing spent formalin. It leaves a clear solution, free […]

ANZAC day laboratory closures

We will remember them. All of our laboratories will be closed on Monday 26 April for ANZAC day. All laboratories will be open as usual on Saturday 24 April, and normal business hours will resume on Tuesday April 27.

Autumn essentials

Liver and serum sampling in the autumn, or at drying off, provides an opportunity to ensure herd trace element levels are appropriate heading into winter. The testing options below focus on the essential autumn trace elements – copper and selenium – but you can add to these or change them using other trace element tests […]

Case of the month

MICHAEL HARDCASTLE Clinical history: A sixteen year old Domestic Short Hair cat presented with a two-week history of severely crusted, erythematous and painful skin around the nail beds of both forelimbs and the caudolateral aspects of the pinnae. (Figures 1-3). The cat’s skin was otherwise unremarkable, and the only other clinical findings were lean body […]

April newsletter

In this issue we feature: Reference interval study updateANZAC weekend hoursNewsletter sign-upAquatic testingCase of the monthAutumn essentials promotionHisto cassettes Read full version here>>