News and updates

Investigating Equine Muscular Storage Diseases.  Recommended protocol for New Zealand Equids. 

Device-ve testing. By Sandra Forsyth. Serum amyloid A is useful for detecting and monitoring acute inflammation in horses. However, the arrival of handheld devices in New Zealand means veterinarians need to take care when interpreting results. (Device-ve testing First published Vetscript 44 Issue 2 p 50-1, Apr 2021)

Folate and Cobalamin in the diagnosis of chronic CI disease in Cats and Dogs. Serum cobalamin and folate analysis can be useful in the work-up of patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disease.

Hypocalcaemia in Cats and Dogs. Hypocalcaemia is diagnosed based on a low total serum calcium concentration.  However, a low serum calcium doesn’t necessarily indicate that a true hypocalcaemia is present.


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SVS Laboratories are open as per normal through the lock-down period!

18 August 2020

Dear Clients

All of us at SVS Labs hope this message finds you well.

With the escalation of the Alert Level around Covid-19 we have understandably fielded enquiries as to whether we will be operating or not. MPI have confirmed that due to our surveillance role we are deemed to be an essential service. Our colleagues in SVS Supplies are able to tell us that courier systems will remain in place. We do note there has been a reduction to an overnight service in the Coromandel.

Like many of you we have taken the advised steps to reduce the density of people within the laboratory. We have some people working from home and have implemented measures such as split shifts. We have been testing our IT and phone systems for these steps and everything is good to go.

These steps have us as confident as we possibly can be that we will be able to provide an uninterrupted level of service to you. While there are likely to be some curve balls thrown that challenge us in that aim rest assured, we retain a strong focus on and pride in delivering the best service possible.

We will provide prompt information on any other developments that impact on how we work together.

We sincerely encourage you to continue to make contact with any questions you have, and we look forward to seeing you on the other side.

Take care and regards

Richard Campbell


SVS Laboratories


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



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