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That time of year . . .

GEOFF ORBELL It is the time of year when we are seeing a lot of foreign body reactions due to migrating grass awns through the lab at the moment. These are usually due to barley grass (Critesion spp.) of which there are six different species in New Zealand, but other grass species can also be […]

WormFEC programme

The WormFEC Programme is provided by AgResearch in association with Beef & Lamb New Zealand (Sheep Improvement Limited – SIL). This service provides breeding values for several parasite resistant traits, along with an overall index of resistance. A faecal egg count (FEC) index is calculated for individual sheep.  FEC data is registered with SIL along […]

Lab update – Omicron – 24 March

Following our previous update regarding our planning for continuity of laboratory service throughout this Omicron outbreak, we have some further updates for you. Courier servicesAs expected the national courier network in the larger centres is struggling to keep up with demand whilst managing a reduced workforce due to staff in isolation. Please be patient and expect […]

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 Chill Wrap ice pack sheets. > These sheets are an ice replacement product using Sodium polyacrylate super […]

Sample packing requirements – reminder

These faecal samples were recently sent to our laboratory packed inside a plastic bread bag and were leaking everywhere on receipt. They provide a good example of inappropriate/illegal sample packaging. Plastic bags tear easily, are prone to leakage, are awkward to extract samples from, do not meet the legal requirements for biological samples and are […]

NZ Couriers – Central Otago

NZ Couriers has advised us that due to staff shortages their Central Otago region is under a lot of pressure. Our parcels are generally regarded as ‘medical’ and are treated with priority, however, please be aware of potential delays if you are in this area. Courier Post is another option available for sending samples to […]

Otago anniversary day

Our Dunedin laboratory will be closed on Monday 21 March to celebrate the regional anniversary day. They will however still be open on Saturday 19 March with normal hours. If you submit samples to our Dunedin laboratory but are located outside this area, please just call us on 0800 GRIBBLES and select another laboratory to help […]

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 Gram’s stain reagents. If you already do staining in-clinic for cytology or haematology, why not take […]

An uncommon finding

SANDY WELTAN & CRISTINA GANS Clinical history Bella, a 10-year-old female entire Shih Tzu presented for evaluation of abdominal distension. Aside from this, Bella was well at home, with no changes in appetite, water intake, urination or defaecation noted. Fourteen months prior, Bella had a cystic mammary lump surgically removed. Unfortunately, histology had not been […]

Courier networks under immense pressure

With Omicron having an increasing impact around the country, including increased numbers of people now self isolating, courier services are being severely impacted. What does this mean for you? > Delivery times for your samples to get our laboratories could be longer, so testing and receipt of results will consequently be delayed. > Delivery time […]