News and updates

Anaemia in rabbits is defined as a decrease in haemoglobin concentration [Hb] and/or haematocrit (HCT).

Ticking all the right boxes. The clinical history tick boxes on the production animal and equine sample submission forms are about more than providing clinical history to the lab for the sake of interpretation.

Lolitrem B intoxication (perennial rye grass staggers) Perennial ryegrass can become infected with an endophytic fungus which produces tremorgenic compounds , the most important of which is Lolitrem B.

Urolith Analysis. There is a new submission process! Your clinic will need to create an account with the Minnesota Urolith Centre (online) and fill out all the information.

Mast Cell Tumour Staining. Mast cell granules often stain poorly with rapid stains such as Diff Quik. 

Anticoagulant Toxicity.  Any species can be affected but it is most common in dogs.

Bile acid testing in companion animals. Bile acids are manufactured by the liver and secreted into the GI tract via the bile. 

Sandra Forsyth, Clinical Pathologist for SVS Laboratories, offers some recommendations on when you should take samples in relation to medications. (Article first published in VetScript, New Zealand Veterinary Association, Sep. 2020)

In pigs, what samples do I need for the most common disease investigations?

Interpretation of In-clinic results. Do you have in-clinic results that you would like interpreted?

Go to Test Services and CPD & Resource Centre for more articles and info

BVD Beef Herd Programme

About 80% of beef herds have been exposed to BVD

Very few farms have conducted any monitoring

Most beef farms are in the dark on their status

BVD is having major effects on beef farming profitability through:

  • Increased empty rates
  • Increased time from calving to pregnancy
  • Sickness and poor growth in young stock

Use the SVS Labs BVD Beef Programme at the time of pregnancy scanning.

Click here for Information leaflet 

Bulk Milk Sampling

The national survey of the bulk milk samples as part of response to M. bovis is underway. This is placing a great strain on the systems and resources and does take an understandable priority. We are still getting the samples for our BVD Testing Programme but we are seeing a delay of up to 2 weeks in the timing of these.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this and are doing all we can to turn the testing around as quickly as possible once we have the samples.

Thank you very much for your support and understanding in this matter.

Click here for SVS Laboratories BVD Bulk Milk Monitoring Programme Form