Free equine ACTH testing

In conjunction with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, we are very happy to be able to offer free equine ACTH testing during March and April this year. A voucher MUST be downloaded from www.talkaboutlaminitis.co.nz/laminitis-tests prior to submitting your sample, and a copy of the voucher MUST accompany your sample. NO VOUCHER, NO FREE TESTING! For more […]

We’re now majority-owned by NZ’ers!

We are pleased to share that our parent company Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) is now majority owned by New Zealanders. You may recall that in November last year APHG was jointly acquired by NZ Super and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Earlier this month Māori investment fund Te Pūia Tāpapa (TPT) purchased about 4 percent […]

COVID Alert levels 2 & 3

During this period of increased alertness, as essential services, our laboratories are all continuing to operate ‘business as usual’. There may be slight delays to some testing in Auckland as staff are required to work from home where possible while in Level 3. We will keep you updated if there any changes to our service. […]

How to package samples

… correctly! Imagine several liquid bovine faecal samples in zip-lock bags, sent in another plastic bag via NZ Couriers to one of our laboratories.  What is the worst-case scenario you come up with? Some of you may have seen our Facebook post in January regarding a very inappropriately packaged faecal sample received at one of […]

How long do I wait?

MICHAEL HARDCASTLE It is very common for clinicians to call the laboratory asking how long they should wait before sampling a skin problem that has already been treated empirically with glucocorticoids. If one consults standard texts on veterinary dermatology, these generally contain recommendations to wait because “anti-inflammatory agents can dramatically affect the histologic appearance of […]

We need your blood!

We are updating the feline and canine reference intervals for our new state-of-the-art haematology analysers. In addition, we are working on reference intervals for new assays in development and new methods for existing assays. In order to achieve these goals, we need your help. What we require: 1x EDTA blood and 1x serum (ideally a […]

Sampling tips for large animal vets

ROB FAIRLEY Here are some tips from our pathologists that may be useful during sample collection or out in the field. 1. For PCR, dry swabs are preferred over transport media swabs. We have had success with transport media swabs but the material you collect on the swab is diluted by the media and there is […]

Case of the month

KATHRYN JENKINS Did you know you can submit up to six slides per site, for each cytology case? Cytology tip: Increasing the number of sites sampled from each lesion, increases the diagnostic power for a more accurate interpretation. In many cases, increasing the sample number taken, improves the chances of a diagnostic sample (often we […]

Real-time facial eczema reports

Our new facial eczema online portal was rolled out in December and it’s been a huge success! This exciting new online tool makes submitting, saving, and tracking your facial eczema spore counts a breeze over the summer months. Filling out forms and emailing is so last year, simply enter your data directly into our portal […]

Waitangi Day laboratory closures

All of our laboratories will be closed on Monday 8 February as it is the deferred holiday for Waitangi day.  We will however still be open normal business hours on Saturday 6 February.If you have any questions or concerns, please just give your local laboratory a call on 0800 GRIBBLES. Enjoy your long weekend everyone, […]