We offer an in-house laboratory service performing some routine tests for diagnosis and monitoring of conditions, these include:
Haematology, biochemistry and electrolytes
The study of the morphology and physiology of blood is referred to as haematology. The diagnosis of anaemia, bacterial and viral infections can be supported through the use of haematological assessment.
Biochemical serum analysis
This can aid diagnosis of various pathologies such as liver disease, renal malfunction, weight loss and increased muscle enzymes in tying up and myopathy cases.
Culture and sensitivity
In order to assess type and severity of infection in tissue or bodily fluid a growth medium can be used to culture bacterial or fungal growth. Cultures are considered positive when growth occurs and in these cases an antibiotic sensitivity test may be carried out in order to determine the most effective treatment for the infection.
Semen can be evaluated microscopically in order to assess fertility. Factors considered are motility, morphology, volume and sperm count.
Skin scrapes/hair plucks
Microscopic examination for the presence of ectoparasites and dermatophytes can be carried out on skin scrapings and hair plucks in order to aid diagnosis and determine an etiology of skin lesions.
Worm egg counts
Worm egg counts can be carried out routinely in order to utilise targeted worming programmes, meaning horses can be wormed as required rather than on a standardised programme. Nematode eggs and larvae can be identified. Parasitic burden can cause weight loss and recurrent colic. It is also possible to test faecal samples for the presence of sand.
Joint (synovial) tap and peritoneal fluid analysis
In cases where infection is suspected in a joint or tendon sheath it is possible to obtain fluid using an aseptic technique in order to either determine or rule out septicity. It is also possible to analyse peritoneal fluid in the same way for peritonitis cases or as a diagnostic aid in colics.
Pathological changes in patient urine can be diagnosed using standard urinalysis. This can determine pH, protein content, bilirubin, glucose, the presence of pigments and bilirubin.
More complex tests such as; Endocrinology (Equine Metabolic Syndrome, Cushing’s, PPID), EHV, histopathology, cytology and microbiology are sent to external laboratories, which can take several days depending the type of test carried out.