NECROPSY SERVICE CHANGES:
Starting July 3, 2017 through August 29, 2017 the necropsy service at the Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will be temporarily unavailable. The last day to submit a body for necropsy will be June 30th. We will resume full necropsy service beginning August 30, 2017.
During this period, we will continue to accept animals for brain removal for rabies testing and horse carcasses for special cremation.
We have implemented new antibiotic sensitivity testing (AST) panels for companion animals. Our new panels encompass a broader spectrum of drugs without increasing client costs. We now select one of two panels to test a bacteria based on the organism’s Gram Stain profile.
Tritrichomonas foetus causes serious reproductive failure in cattle. Asymptomatic carrier bulls are the reservoir of infection, and removal of positive animals from herds is the primary method of disease control. Infected animals are identified by testing culture media inoculated with preputial smegma for the presence of the organism. Most commonly, samples are inoculated into InPouchTM TF test kits (BIOMED, White City, OR). Incubated media is examined microscopically or by PCR to detect T. foetus organisms. The same manufacturer has released TF Transit TubesTM which are much more user friendly for both veterinarians and lab technicians. However, they are for only testing via PCR. Published experiments have demonstrated the importance of proper sample collection, processing and handling to ensure reliable detection of the organism. Storage and transport temperature greatly affects the organism’s ability to survive, and Arizona’s extreme summer temperatures must be considered when collecting and shipping samples. Temperatures exceeding 37oC (98.6oF) are detrimental and/or lethal to the organism. Veterinarians should have a cooler with ice packs available at the collection site, and samples should be shipped overnight on ice within 48 h of collection. Prior to shipment, interim samples should be kept refrigerated. Ice packs do not last for more than 24 h in the Arizona heat; 2 day or regular mail delivery does not accommodate sample quality. Use these guidelines for both culture and PCR test requests.
PRICES UPDATE 2016:
Equine Infectious Anemia Elisa is now only $10.00
Theres is discount break on Tritrichomas Foetus RT PCR depending on quantity
1 - 4 samples $40.00
5 - 9 samples $35.00
10-19 samples $25.00
20 or more $20.00