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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:

Casting a new light on bacteria

ALICE FRASER Non-aureus staphylococci (NAS) isolated from cultures of milk samples, are often reported as coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) – this was historically based on their ability to clot rabbit plasma, a key manual identification step in conventional bacteriologic methods for staphylococci. With the increased use of MALDI-TOF, which, as detailed previously,  increases the ability to […]

Newly identified microbes

ALICE FRASER With the advancement in technology in diagnostics, many of you may be aware that Gribbles now use Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionisation-time of flight (MALDI-TOF) equipment in microbiology. MALDI-TOF can be used for several different applications, but in microbiology we use it as a rapid method for identification of microorganisms using their species-specific protein […]

Horsing around

BERNIE VAATSTRA Clinical history An adult pony mare developed chronic progressive weight loss over the course of 9 months. Clinical examination revealed increased respiratory effort and a draining lesion of the right mandible with bony proliferation. Ultrasound examination and radiography of the lungs revealed multinodular soft tissue opacities throughout the lung fields. Biochemistry and haematology […]

Herd of 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 detected. For every clinical case of facial eczema you see, there will be at least 10 sub-clinically affected animals. Affected stock […]

Festive season opening hours

Our laboratories are open throughout the holiday season but are closed on all the public holidays. CHRISTMAS HOURS > Saturday 23 December – OPEN> Christmas day – CLOSED> Boxing day – CLOSED We will be open normal working hours 27-30 December. NEW YEAR HOURS > Saturday 30 December – OPEN> New Year’s day – CLOSED> […]

Got an itch?

GEOFF ORBELL The onset of spring often coincides with an increased number of dogs, cats and horses presenting with pruritus and secondary skin and ear infections due to atopic dermatitis or feline atopic skin syndrome (FASS). The diagnosis of atopic dermatitis is based on history, clinical presentation and ruling out other causes of pruritus including […]

Tumour on the dark side

SUNAO FUJITA Clinical history A 15-year-old spayed female, domestic short haired cat presented with a large granulomatous-type lesion on the right upper lip. Fine needle aspiration of the mass and biopsy were performed, and the smears and fixed tissue were sent to the laboratory for cytology and histopathology. Cytologic findings Large numbers of round to […]

Introducing your local laboratory managers

With the introduction of a new laboratory manager in our Dunedin laboratory in late September, we thought we’d take the time to reintroduce the entire laboratory management team. Auckland – Miriam Reddy Miriam has worked as laboratory scientist in medical and veterinary (haematology) laboratories in Auckland and the United Kingdom. She has worked in the […]

International recognition

Congratulations to Dr Emma Gulliver, a Pathologist at our laboratory in Auckland, who recently became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. “Emma has joined a distinct group of around 2200 global members of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), known as Diplomates” says General Manager James Richardson.  “The Diplomate is an […]

Canterbury anniversary day

Our Christchurch laboratory will be closed on Friday 17 November for the regional anniversary day holiday.  They will however be open normal business hours on Saturday 18 November. Please note: This closure may impact turn-around-times for histology cases throughout the country as much of our tissue processing is performed in our Christchurch laboratory. If you […]