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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 […]

FE report 23-Jan-20

You can download this week’s report here. Thank you to everyone who submitted spore counts for this report. Note: Zero counts will not register on the regional graphs, but have been included in the overall data. If you would like to contribute data for this report, please send your facial eczema spore counts through to […]

Case of the month

CATHY HARVEY Clinical history: Three-week-old puppies developed clear nasal and ocular discharge, but were still relatively bright and eating. The puppies were from the first litter of a dam that had one vaccination at 6 months of age. Two of the puppies faded and died over the weekend, and the other two were presented for […]

FE report 16-Jan-20

Thank you to those who submitted spore counts for this report. You can download this week’s report here. Note: Zero counts will not register on the regional graphs, but have been included in the overall data. If you would like to contribute data for this report, please send your facial eczema spore counts through to […]

Facial eczema reporting

Happy New Year!  The facial eczema season is upon us again.  We will be collating the first report of the 2020 FE season next week – Thursday 16 January 2020 – and then every following Thursday until the end of the season.Please email your spore count to faciale.monitor@gribbles.co.nz no later than 2pm eachThursday.  This enables all the […]

Christmas / New Year opening hours

Our laboratories will be open right up until Christmas day, and are only closed on the statutory holidays.  We will be open normal business hours for the remainder of the working days during the festive season with the exception noted below.* CHRISTMAS WEEK Monday Dec 23 – OPEN Tuesday Dec 24 – OPEN Wednesday Dec 25 – […]

Case of the month

MICHAEL HARDCASTLE Clinical history: A three-year-old Collie cross had a two and a half year history of pruritic skin and ear disease. This included a dominant sternal rash that had been treated with a range of systemic medications, topical medications and dietary manipulation, but had never resolved; it crusted or flared intermittently. At presentation there […]

Another trip around the sun

Well another interesting year is just about at an end and we thank you for your support over this period. One of the factors that makes providing our services so satisfying is the rapport we build with our clients. This rapport encourages feedback, which in turn helps steer our improvements and innovations. The feedback from […]

No to needles!

We have recently had several clinics sending us samples with used needles in the bags. One of our staff members was stabbed in the finger with a needle that was sent uncapped in the same bag as blood tubes. Please DO NOT send used needles with your samples to our laboratories – it is an […]

Teat spraying with iodine

JOHN GILL Does teat spraying with an iodine based product increase serum iodine in dairy cattle? Fortunately this question was asked and answered by veterinarian Martha Camps of Vetora, Te Awamutu recently. Martha selected a dairy farm that did not currently supplement with or use any iodine based products.  Six cows were selected at random, […]

Salmonella serotyping

Salmonella sp. isolates from animal samples have, until recently, been routinely referred to the enteric reference laboratory at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) for serotyping and phage typing. This service has been funded by the Ministry of Health and was free of charge. As of 1 November 2019, the Ministry of Health […]