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Case of the month

CATHY HARVEY Clinical history: A four-year-old spayed female Staffordshire bull terrier presented after a one-week history of anorexia with vomiting and diarrhoea.  She had been treated with antibiotics, anti-emetics, antacids and antiulcer medications. When the dog deteriorated (white gums and lethargic) further work-up was consented to by the owner. On abdominal ultrasound, there was free […]

Please help!

“I think my dog was poisoned” HANIA KLOBUKOWSKA We frequently get phone calls from veterinarians concerned about patients that have possibly been exposed to toxic substances, or who have unfortunately died under a guise of a poisoning suspicion. Popular crime and forensic programs on television give the impression that testing for toxins in these cases […]

VetAlert! ..or not?

Gribbles Veterinary offers veterinary clinic staff the option of requesting notification by text message when their urgent laboratory results are complete. The VetAlert service is provided free of charge and is particularly useful to large animal veterinarians working in the field, with little or no access to e-mail, allowing them to contact the clinic or […]

Autumn is here!

For production animal veterinarians, autumn is the time to remind farmer’s about the importance of trace element testing leading up to winter. Tissue and serum sampling in the autumn or at drying off, provides an opportunity to ensure trace elements and magnesium concentrations are appropriate heading into winter, and to assess any effects of sporidesmin […]

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 to qualifying animals during March and April this year. For more information on this offer and how you can manage PPID using PRASCEND®., please contact your local Boehringer Ingelheim Territory Manager on 0800 800 822. […]

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 […]