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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 […]

Land of the giants

SUNAO FUJITA Clinical history: A 16-year-old, thoroughbred gelding presented with a slow growing mass in the left ventral thoracic/axillar region, extending into deep tissue (Figure 1). The mass was firm and non-mobile and had been present for six months, but had not changed in size. Cytology: The smears were of high cellularity, predominantly composed of […]

Paws, claws & udder things: August 2022

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Move over coronavirus!  

KAREN BAILEY Move over Corona – monkeypox is the hot new zoonosis in town! New Zealand recently recorded its first human cases of monkeypox in the latest zoonotic outbreak to hit the headlines. Following are a few facts about monkeypox and how it manifests in animals and humans. Monkeypox belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in […]

Free-T4 testing – worth the wait!  

Equilibrium dialysis (ED) is considered the gold standard methodology when measuring Free-T4 in dogs and cats. Recent reports indicate that alternative methods for measuring Free-T4  may not offer any significant advantage over measuring TT4 alone, especially in dogs with non-thyroidal illness.* Despite recent logistical issues and increased costs, Gribbles Veterinary will continue to offer this […]

A mini-survey

During the NZVA conference in June, we ran a competition for those who participated in a short survey or signed up for our fabulous eResults. Thank you to everyone who visited our stand and participated, we appreciate your feedback.  The winners of the three daily draws for three sets of Jabra Elite 4 Active Noise […]

Sampling in abortion investigations

CRISTINA GANS Getting a diagnosis in an abortion outbreak can be challenging. Less than 50% of abortions investigated result in a diagnosis. A variety of tests are available at Gribbles Veterinary (including PCR, histology, microbiology and serology) which enhances our ability to obtain a diagnosis. However, this can also be confusing in terms of sample […]

A monster of a tumour . . .

CRISTINA GANS Clinical history: A five-year-old, female Rottweiler/ Labrador cross presented for a routine ovariohysterectomy. During the surgery a 5cm mass was identified in the left ovary. The entire uterus and both ovaries were submitted for histopathology. Post-mortem findings: After formalin fixation of the tissue, incision into the ovarian mass, revealed a mixture of tissues […]

Changes in our price book

As well as pricing changes this year, we have added a significant number of tests and removed one. Most of the tests added in to our price book are not often requested, but we’ve aimed to provide you with a better overview of the services we can offer.  Note, many of these tests are marked […]

Never underestimate the importance of a blood smear

ROBYN WINTERS Blood cells begin to degenerate as soon as they leave the body, and continue to do so in the sample tube. Blood cells from different species degenerate at different rates. For example, bovine and rabbit blood cells degenerate particularly quickly, but horse’s cells do not. By the time we receive the bloods in […]

New Territory Manager, South Island

Gribbles Veterinary is very pleased to welcome Dan Lacey, the new South Island Territory Manager to our team. Dan joins us from a background in Dairy and Food manufacturing, having worked in production, technical and plant manager roles for Fonterra and other large New Zealand companies. With experience in training and personnel development, Dan enjoys […]