Wellington regional anniversary day

Our Palmerston North laboratory will be closed on Monday January 24 for the regional anniversary day. They will however be operating normal hours on Saturday January 22. If you are a Palmy client located outside this region and you have a query, please call 0800 GRIBBLES and select an option for one of our other […]

Courier network overloaded – expect delays!

We received an update from New Zealand couriers today regarding issues they are experiencing across New Zealand, but especially in the Auckland region. The NZC network is close to maximum capacity and is experiencing delays which they forecast to last until the end of Christmas.  They are aiming for but can’t guarantee an overnight service. […]

Festive season opening hours

Like COVID, Christmas is just around the corner.  So here is a reminder of our opening hours over the Christmas and New Year weekends. Our opening hours over the festive season are as follows: > Christmas – CLOSED from Saturday 25 December to Tuesday 28 December, opening again with normal working hours on Wednesday 29 […]

Summer’s here, is facial eczema?

Summer is upon us and it is never too early to ensure plans are in place to protect the herd. To be effective, preventative measures need to be in place before Pithomyces chartarum spores are found. We offer diagnostic testing to assist with monitoring facial eczema (FE) risk, minimising the incidence of disease, checking your […]

It mite be something interesting

REBECCA ALLAN A recent case submitted to the Christchurch laboratory had us itching to reach a diagnosis. Clinical history: The patient was a 10-year-old Gypsy x Welsh Cob with longstanding inflammation of the pasterns. The veterinarian had taken skin scrapes and submitted smears to the laboratory for cytology. Laboratory findings: Examination of smears revealed a […]

*NEW* – Faecal egg count reduction test

RACHEL WHITEHEAD Anthelmintic resistance is a growing issue, therefore investigation of potential resistance is an important tool in managing production-limiting effects on-farm. At Gribbles Veterinary we are committed to developing tools to promote vet + farmer communication. This season we are launching a new faecal egg count reduction test (FECRT) report, which will calculate anthelmintic […]

And that was ’21

JAMES RICHARDSON Another interesting and somewhat challenging year is coming to an end and we would like to thank you for your wonderful support throughout. Learning and continuing to work in different alert levels (or different colours) has been part of our daily lives again this year. Achieving this and still providing critical services, shows […]

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 this month is the ever trusty 70mL sample pottle. This sample container is suitable for so many sample types […]

Catching your breath

KATHRYN JENKINS Clinical history: A 3-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel presented with a 4-5 week history of respiratory disease.  Radiographs demonstrated a diffuse interstitial lung pattern.   Fluid samples from a tracheal wash, material from the endotracheal tube and a FNA from the lung were all submitted for cytologic examination. Laboratory results: Cytology of the […]

Slight delays with histo possible

For some time now we have been using digital pathology across our network for histopathology. Digital pathology involves converting stained histology sections on glass slides to digital pathology slides using digital scanners. A digital slide image is generated which allows for high resolution viewing, interpretation and image analysis of digital pathology slides.This week however, we have experienced a […]