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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 […]

Omicron update: delays likely for some testing

Following our previous communication regarding laboratory service throughout this Omicron outbreak, we have some updates for you. Turn-around timesAs we are a critical service, staff who are close contacts can return to work once they’ve provided a negative RAT test, which will help reduce the impact from positive household members.  We do however currently have […]

Cutaneous feline mycobacterial infections

ROB FAIRLEY Cutaneous mycobacterial infections are common in cats in New Zealand and a variety of different mycobacteria may cause cutaneous lesions. A study from the University of Melbourne several years ago, identified at least three different mycobacteria from lesions in cats from New Zealand. The most common was Mycobacterium lepraemurium, the classic cause of […]

All that glitters is not gold

CATHY HARVEY Clinical history: A six-month-old, female kitten was brought into a veterinary clinic with abdominal pain, lethargy and vomiting.  In-clinic bloodwork and urinalysis were consistent with acute renal failure: BUN / urea >50 mmol/L (ref. 6.6-12.6), creatinine 992 umol/L (ref. 67-150), phosphate >5.81 mmol/L (ref. 1.07-2.22) and USG 1.012. Treatment was not elected and […]

Consumable of the month

Do you order laboratory consumable items from us online or via our order form?  If you need just one blood tube or swab, or enough for a herd, we’ve got you covered. Our featured consumable item this month are dry sterile swabs. These new sterile dry swabs are perfect for molecular/PCR  testing.  You can use […]

Nothing like a party on the slide!  

KATHRYN JENKINS In a recent cytology smear from a cystic oral mass in a cat, we observed several clumps of large, polygonal, sky blue, keratinised squamous epithelial cells. There are a few scattered erythrocytes in the background for size comparison (see image below). An interesting finding were the mixed bacteria adherent to the squames, including […]

Ovine WormFEC programme

The feedback received so far regarding this programme has been outstanding!  “Wonderful – the only way forward to deal with anthelmintic resistance.” “A great initiative and combination of IP and resources to provide a much needed tool for NZ farmers.” The WormFEC Programme is provided by AgResearch in association with Beef & Lamb New Zealand […]

New faces in town

Gribbles Veterinary is very pleased to welcome two new, but not new staff back into our network. Firstly let us introduce Miriam Reddy (right). Miriam is the new Laboratory Manager for our Auckland laboratory.  Miriam worked for Gribbles previously as a senior scientist in haematology, and after a few years in the UK she has […]

Easter & ANZAC day

All of our laboratories will be closed the ENTIRE of the Easter long weekend. Please avoid sending samples via overnight courier on Thursday 14 April, as they will not be delivered to the laboratory until Tuesday and will likely be unsuitable for testing on receipt. We will also be closed on Monday 25 April for […]

A new one-day online event for you

Our friends at the Lincoln Institute have organised another couple of complimentary, one-day, online events in March and April – Veterinary workforce challenges in 2022 – what’s new & what to do? COVID has taken its toll. Not only has it led to a dramatic increase in the demand for veterinary services, your fundamental process […]

Lymph node biopsy – excise, don’t incise  

MICHAEL HARDCASTLE We frequently receive incisional biopsies (e.g. wedge, Tru-cut or punch biopsies) of enlarged lymph nodes. Unfortunately these can be unsatisfactory for multiple reasons and excisional samples (i.e. removal of the entire node) are preferred. The main issues with incisional biopsies relate to sample distortion. Since lymphocytes are fragile and lymph nodes have a […]