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Our monthly client newsletter, Paws, Claws and Udder Things, includes information about emerging animal health issues, new tests and services, continuing professional development opportunities and tips for getting the most out of your local laboratory. To view and download back issues of Paws, Claws and Udder Things select from the volumes below: If you would […]

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 […]

Courier delays likely

Courier freight volumes are at an all time high across the country, due to the COVID situation. This is causing major delays in the larger regions like Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch. These delays will impact the time it takes for your samples to reach your local laboratory, as well as affecting our labs […]

Canterbury anniversary day

Our Christchurch laboratory and Fond Farewells will be closed on Friday November 12 for anniversary day, but will be open normal hours (9.00am- 12.00pm) on Saturday. Please note: Samples sent overnight on Thursday will need to be sent on ice and have a “Saturday” courier sticker on the package as they will not be delivered […]

November newsletter

This month we feature: – Relaxin for pregnancy detection– A tale of high drama– Facial eczema season approaching– New online shopping FAQs – Festive season opening hours– For a laugh!– Consumable of the month Read it all here>>

A tale of high drama

BERNIE VAATSTRA Loki is a lively two-year-old male neutered English Springer Spaniel with a strong interest in food of all kinds, edible or otherwise. On a Friday evening on returning from work, Loki’s owner noticed him behaving unusually. He barked sharply at the car he usually recognises and approached with a swaying, uncoordinated gait. Clinical […]

Facial eczema season approaching

For every clinical case of facial eczema you see, there will be at least ten sub-clinically affected animals. Infected stock will fail to thrive, have reduced milk production, poor fertility, lose weight and possibly die. Summer is just around the corner and it is never too early to ensure plans are in place to protect […]

Relaxin for pregnancy detection

AMY WEEDEN Gribbles Veterinary offers relaxin testing for the detection of pregnancy in both dogs and cats. This hormone is superior to progesterone measurement for pregnancy detection in both species. Progesterone cannot reliably distinguish between pregnancy and pseudopregnancy in dogs or cats, and similar levels of progesterone are produced in pregnancy and dioestrus in dogs. […]

New – online shopping FAQs!

We frequently get calls from clients who strike problems when shopping online for consumables. Passwords or usernames are forgotten, does the clinic actually have a user account for our website etc. So in the last few issues of our newsletter, we have provided some tips on what to do when your online shopping doesn’t quite […]

Let’s talk turkey

Ready to talk Christmas yet? Just in case you do want to know, it is just roughly even weeks until Christmas day. So get making your cakes and fruit mince for pies already! Too early?  Sorry, just skip this bit then! This year we will be closed ALL of Christmas and New Year weekends, including […]

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 blood film spreader slides. So if you really feel like upping your blood smear quality, this […]