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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 […]

Histology delays this week

Due to high demand across our network and resourcing issues due to the current COVID Alert Levels around the country, the turn-around-times for histology processing may be delayed by 1-2 days this week. We anticipate this resolving somewhat once Auckland moves into Level 2, and completely resolving once the entire country is back in Alert […]

Managing Salmonella on NZ farms

MSD Animal Health is running a roadshow for veterinary staff featuring speakers from MPI, MSD Animal Health, and the fabulous Lisa Hulme-Moir from Gribbles Veterinary. Salmonella is a significant disease of sheep and cattle and case reports in cattle are increasing. Join us to learn more about how Salmonella is affecting farms nationwide and how […]

Free equine ACTH testing

In conjunction with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, we are very happy to be able to offer free equine ACTH testing during March and April this year. A voucher MUST be downloaded from www.talkaboutlaminitis.co.nz/laminitis-tests prior to submitting your sample, and a copy of the voucher MUST accompany your sample. NO VOUCHER, NO FREE TESTING! For more […]

We’re now majority-owned by NZ’ers!

We are pleased to share that our parent company Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG) is now majority owned by New Zealanders. You may recall that in November last year APHG was jointly acquired by NZ Super and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Earlier this month Māori investment fund Te Pūia Tāpapa (TPT) purchased about 4 percent […]

COVID Alert levels 2 & 3

During this period of increased alertness, as essential services, our laboratories are all continuing to operate ‘business as usual’. There may be slight delays to some testing in Auckland as staff are required to work from home where possible while in Level 3. We will keep you updated if there any changes to our service. […]

How to package samples

… correctly! Imagine several liquid bovine faecal samples in zip-lock bags, sent in another plastic bag via NZ Couriers to one of our laboratories.  What is the worst-case scenario you come up with? Some of you may have seen our Facebook post in January regarding a very inappropriately packaged faecal sample received at one of […]

How long do I wait?

MICHAEL HARDCASTLE It is very common for clinicians to call the laboratory asking how long they should wait before sampling a skin problem that has already been treated empirically with glucocorticoids. If one consults standard texts on veterinary dermatology, these generally contain recommendations to wait because “anti-inflammatory agents can dramatically affect the histologic appearance of […]

We need your blood!

We are updating the feline and canine reference intervals for our new state-of-the-art haematology analysers. In addition, we are working on reference intervals for new assays in development and new methods for existing assays. In order to achieve these goals, we need your help. What we require: 1x EDTA blood and 1x serum (ideally a […]

Sampling tips for large animal vets

ROB FAIRLEY Here are some tips from our pathologists that may be useful during sample collection or out in the field. 1. For PCR, dry swabs are preferred over transport media swabs. We have had success with transport media swabs but the material you collect on the swab is diluted by the media and there is […]

Case of the month

KATHRYN JENKINS Did you know you can submit up to six slides per site, for each cytology case? Cytology tip: Increasing the number of sites sampled from each lesion, increases the diagnostic power for a more accurate interpretation. In many cases, increasing the sample number taken, improves the chances of a diagnostic sample (often we […]