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 items in September are Liver biopsy kits for use when taking liver biopsy samples for trace element testing.

Liver biopsy performed by a veterinarian remains Gribbles Veterinary’s sample of choice for liver trace element testing.  Whilst obtaining liver samples at slaughter is convenient, liver biopsy has several advantages including:

> The veterinarian is on farm, so can assess the animals, discuss issues with the farmer, and select the animals to be sampled.

> Accurate animal identification at the time of sampling.

> No extra fees from the meat works for sample collection.

> Time from collection to analysis is typically faster with biopsy samples.

> Clear traceability of samples from collection to reporting.*

> Biopsies are the most convenient liver sample to handle in the laboratory.

Factors that can affect sample suitability:

· Contamination of samples with other tissue types, e.g. adipose or connective tissue

· Presence of blood clots diluting the sample

· Sample desiccation in transport

· Insufficient sample size

This is where the Liver biopsy kit fits in. The tubes are the perfect size for sample transport, they prevent sample desiccation and it’s easy to see if the biopsy size is appropriate.

We often receive insufficient sample for testing. If copper, selenium, B12 and zinc are all required, then 250-300mg of tissue is sufficient. See guide below.

Kit contents:

Our FREE Liver biopsy kits contain 50 x 4mL snap-top tubes, labels and sampling tips and help ensure your samples are perfect every time.  They can be ordered online here.

So don’t waste valuable time with poor samples, use our free kits and get it right the first time.

* An important factor in our Quality Management System’s compliance with the international quality standard, ISO 17025.