We have our own in house laboratory where our qualified nurses can analyse a number of different samples.
Haematology and Biochemistry
Most blood samples for signs of infection/inflammation and to check organ parameters (liver and kidneys etc). Occasionally we may require more in depth testing, which is performed by an external laboratory.
Foal Anti-body Testing
It is important to ensure a newborn foal has received sufficient levels of anti-bodies from the mare’s colostrum in the first 12 hours after foaling. We stock ‘Snap’ tests, where a small amount of blood is taken from the foal and the test can be run on the yard in under 10 minutes. If the anti-body level is too low, we can instigate immediate, potentially life-saving treatment.
Parasites and Ring Worm
A microscope can be used to look at skin plucks and scrapes to test for parasites such as mites and lice. Ring worm is usually diagnosed by its clinical appearance, but cultures can be performed in the practice lab if required.
Worm Egg Counts
Due to the large volume of samples, we now send these tests to Westgate Labs to ensure quick analysis. Please still bring your samples to reception and a vet will ring you back with a result and discuss your worming plan.
Please talk to a vet if you are confused about when and how to perform a worm egg count and to discuss testing for tape worms.
These include samples for PPID (Equine Cushings Disease), Equine Metabolic Syndrome and reproductive hormones. Please note that due to the external laboratory requirements, we may suggest taking these samples on certain days or at a particular time of day.
We take blood, guttural pouch and nasal swab samples to test for Strangles, depending on the clinical situation. These are sent away and we usually have results within 48 hours.
Fluid and tissue samples are sent away for analysis and your results reported by a vet once returned. These may take time (sometimes over a week) to analyse. Occasionally we will also send other blood tests away for specific testing.