Laboratory Services

We use specialist laboratories that provide fast accurate results and advise to us within 24 hours. We feel that this give the best results available for our clients because we are getting the opinion of some of the country’s top veterinary pathologists and internal medicine experts.

These are some of the available tests that we can do to ensure your horse receives gold standard care:

  • Routine haematology and biochemistry blood screens
  • Performance profiling
  • Bacteriology, culture and sensitivity
  • Uterine swab analysis
  • Cytology (tracheal wash samples, fine needle aspirations from growths, etc)
  • Faecal worm egg counts

Routine Haematology and Biochemistry

We have rapid, accurate results within 24 hours. All haematology blood smears are read by specialists in this field which ensures the accuracy of white blood cells differential counts and assessment of their morphology.

Performance Profiling

Knowing an individual horse’s normal haematology values is very useful when investigating subtle performance problems. Often horses may still show values within the ‘normal’ range, however values may be high or low for that individual horse. Ideally, horses should have a blood screen every 4-6 months to allow a ‘normal’ for that individual to be established. This also allows comparisons between previous results to highlight any subclinical performance limiting problems, to assess fitness and the suitability of training levels.

Bacteriology, Culture and Sensitivity

This test allows us to identify the causal agents of the infection (bacterias or fungi) and suggests the appropriate treatment.

Uterine Swab Analysis

We routinely swab mares prior to insemination to ensure no inflammatory process or bacterial growth is present in the uterus. Uterine swabs are also very useful in the investigation of fertility problems as they allow identification of uterine infections and selection of the appropriate antibiotic treatment.

Cytology

Cytological analysis is looking at cells under the microscope. This is commonly used for example for tracheal wash samples (identifying the reasons for respiratory diseases - infection, RAO etc) or for final needle aspirates from various growths (identifying the identity of the growth and whether it’s benign or malignant - this will affect the treatment plan).

Faecal Worm Egg Counts

These are essential in any strategic worming programme. We perform these in house and can do them on individual basis or as part of our worming or health packages. All count results will be discussed with you and the appropriate wormer will be advised when applicable.

 

If you require any further information about availability of any laboratory testing, please contact us on 01304 364648.