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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 […]

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Great feedback!

We received some really great feedback from a client last week regarding our improved cumulative trace element reports. The client said “they were WICKED and provide a great talking point with farmers”. Have you also found the cumulative reports great for discussing options with your farmers?  For details of the new reports, check out this […]

Expired swabs and tubes

Just a reminder that transport media swabs and blood tubes, especially EDTA and citrate, should only be used within their expiry dates.  Using them past this time can negatively impact on sample integrity and results.  We’ve recently received a few swabs that have been sent in expired transport media. Transport media swabs should only be […]

Case of the month

We present two haematology cases with similar findings. Case 1 An 11-year-old Labrador presented with generalised splenic enlargement, pale mucous membranes, decreased appetite and a small amount of weight loss. CBC revealed a marked leukocytosis and moderate non-regenerative anaemia, with haemoglobin 79 g/L, HCT 0.25 L/L and WBC 242 x109L.  Neutrophils were only slightly increased […]

Pathologist’s corner

Jenni Donald began her working life as a Microbiologist in the dairy and veterinary vaccine industry then returned to Massey University to complete her veterinary degree in 1990. After graduating she spent 3 years in small animal practice then went back to Massey and completed a combined PhD/residency in pathology. After completion of the PhD […]

Quality assurance

. . . for clinic analysers As one of the growing number of clinics who have installed their own analyser, you will be aware of the need for quality control (QC) of your test results in order to feel confident in your analyser and the service you are providing to your clients.  It is likely […]

Calf diarrhoea diagnostics

BERNIE VAATSTRA … the three P’s of broad-spectrum investigation. Calf diarrhoea is a frustrating and economically important disease responsible for more than half of all calf losses to weaning. Outbreaks are often multifactorial, involving interactions between infectious agents, calf and dam nutrition, environment, husbandry, and calf immunity. Successful treatment and prevention therefore require knowledge of […]

Labour weekend opening hours

Our laboratories will be closed for the day on Monday October 28 for Labour day, but will be open normal hours on Saturday 26 October. Please note: · We do not recommend you courier your samples to the laboratory overnight on Saturday October 26 as they will not be delivered to us until the following Tuesday.  […]

Imagine a job in a land of experiences

Have you ever considered a move to a land of experiences like New Zealand, where you’ll have rich lifestyle experiences alongside quality career development experience? At Gribbles Veterinary and in New Zealand, experience is everything. Gribbles Veterinary is New Zealand’s leading veterinary pathology provider with a team of 16 Veterinary Pathologists located in five veterinary […]

Tips for handling cytology and histology samples

The submission of good quality, highly cellular, well-labelled specimens together with a complete, concise and relevant history are paramount for an accurate cytological and histological interpretation. Cytology samples · Use microscope slides with frosted ends. · Use PENCIL to label ALL slides with animal name and location of sampling (ink may wash off during staining). · Label the […]