Providing bacteriology diagnostics to veterinary surgeons and research institutes, we use a combination of modern and classic techniques to identify exposure to a range of veterinary pathogens.

It is important to us that we make the right tests available to our clients, to give you confidence in using our results to inform your practice.

Our tests

  • Culture – Our team of microbiologists use a variety of specialist media and techniques to give veterinary surgeons the diagnosis they need to inform the clinical management. We use both general culture but also specific and selective culture to rapidly grow, isolate and identify pathogenic bacteria, fungi and yeast. Coupling this with our panel of antibiotic sensitivities and we believe we offer the comprehensive service.
  • qPCR – Translating our research into the genomes of several viruses into diagnostics tests. Our qPCR tests allow us to rapidly and sensitively detect DNA from the pathogen in clinical samples. Our research has shown that out Strangles (S.equi) qPCR has a sensitivity of 94% cf. 62% for culture.

But your sample’s journey doesn’t need to end there; within our state-of-the-art laboratory complex the serology labs sit surrounded by our world leading research groups.

Working with epidemiologists we can help you control and clear outbreaks of infectious diseases. If we isolate the pathogen we can also pass the strain to our researchers who characterise it. This lets us make decisions/recommendations across several areas:

  • Pathogenicity and mechanisms of disease
  • Disease epidemiology and evolution
  • Test Quality Assurance: Are the tests fit for purpose?

We regularly review the technology and science behind out tests to ensure they remain fit for purpose; it is also part of our ISO17025 Accreditation.

Contagious equine metritis

HBLB Codes of Practice

We work closely with the equine industry to support breeders and veterinary surgeons  prevent  and control disease in all breeds of horse and pony. We are one of the laboratories approved by the Horseracing Betting Levy Board (HBLB) for CEM testing and Certification.

For further details of pre-breeding testing please see the HBLB Codes of Practice

AHT Equine Infectious Disease Service

The Animal Health Trust (AHT) is extremely grateful to the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB), Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) and Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) for their continued combined contribution to the AHT’s Equine Infectious Disease Service, which in particular supports key staff within the Diagnostic Laboratory and Pathology Service and allows enhanced investigation and control of significant equine infectious diseases in the United Kingdom.