Never underestimate the importance of a blood smear

ROBYN WINTERS Blood cells begin to degenerate as soon as they leave the body, and continue to do so in the sample tube. Blood cells from different species degenerate at different rates. For example, bovine and rabbit blood cells degenerate particularly quickly, but horse‚Äôs cells do not. By the time we receive the bloods in […]

New Territory Manager, South Island

Gribbles Veterinary is very pleased to welcome Dan Lacey, the new South Island Territory Manager to our team. Dan joins us from a background in Dairy and Food manufacturing, having worked in production, technical and plant manager roles for Fonterra and other large New Zealand companies. With experience in training and personnel development, Dan enjoys […]

The winners and a mini-survey

During the NZVA conference in June, we ran a competition for those who participated in a short survey or signed up for our fabulous eResults. Thank you to everyone who visited our stand and participated, we appreciate your feedback.  The winners of the three daily draws for three sets of Jabra Elite 4 Active Noise […]

Matariki long weekend

All of our laboratories will be closed on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June to celebrate Matariki – the start of a new lunar year. We will reopen on Monday morning ready for the new week.

Feline pyothorax

BERNIE VAATSTRA Clinical history: A two-year-old, domestic shorthair cat died on arrival at the veterinary clinic. The owner reported the cat had been unwell and produced brown, syrupy urine the previous day. Concern was raised about the possibility of malicious poisoning, since there had been a spate of suspicious cat deaths in the neighbourhood. The […]

Salmonella – a head’s up

Many of our laboratories are reporting increased numbers of Salmonella isolates over the past month or more (from companion animals especially). MPI have advised us there is a cluster they are currently monitoring. The increase is occurring nationwide, but of note is a higher than normal occurrence in dogs from the upper North Island.  Serovars […]

2022 Price book

A revised 2022 version of our price book was emailed out to our distribution list last week.  The new price book comes into effect on 1 July, 2022. We have made all efforts to limit price rises this year, however the impact of COVID has increased the price of reagents, services and referred testing from all […]

A pain in the . . .

AMY WEEDEN Perianal tumours are fairly common in dogs. Distinguishing between the two neoplasms, which are specific to this anatomic location, is often straightforward. However, if this is not the case, there are some clinical and cytologic differences that will usually provide a definitive diagnosis. Circumanal gland tumours are also known as perianal gland tumours […]

Queen’s birthday

All of our laboratories will be closed on Monday June 6 for the Queen’s birthday public holiday. We will however be open normal working hours on Saturday June 4. Enjoy your long weekend and safe travels if you’re heading away.

Omicron update: delays likely for some testing

Following our previous communication regarding laboratory service throughout this Omicron outbreak, we have some updates for you. Turn-around timesAs we are a critical service, staff who are close contacts can return to work once they’ve provided a negative RAT test, which will help reduce the impact from positive household members.  We do however currently have […]