New diagnostic test for Haemonchus contortus

Parasitic problems are becoming more and more common in Quebec herds, especially in sheep grazing, which results in high economic losses due to a very marked reduction in animal welfare. Even more worrying, conventional approaches based on intensive use of anthelmintics are no longer appropriate, following the appearance and spread of resistance to molecules of the family of ivermectins and benzimidazoles. [Read more]


New test for the detection of Ureaplasma diversum

We are pleased to announce that the Molecular Diagnostic laboratory is now offering the Ureaplasma diversum real-time PCR assay. U.diversum infections are mainly found in the reproductive tract of dairy cows, with or without granular vulvitis, and in aborted bovine fetuses. [Read more]


Equine endogenous ACTH test now available at the DS

We are very pleased to announce that the Clinical Pathology Laboratory of the Diagnostic Service is now offering the equine endogenous ACTH test. The test is offered at a lower cost compared to the referred test and results are available more quickly. The sample to be submitted is EDTA plasma separated by centrifugation and then transferred and frozen immediately in plastic tubes. [Read more]


Serotyping of Haemophilus parasuis, by multiplex PCR analysis

The laboratory of swine bacterial serology, under the supervision of Dr. Marcelo Gottschalk, now offers the serotyping of Haemophilus parasuis, by multiplex PCR analysis. The method is based on the detection of capsular genes, and can be performed on pure bacterial strains. The direct use of this PCR on swabs from different organs, blood, and cerebrospinal fluid will be evaluated in the near future. [Read more]


DIFIL-SNAP test at the parasitology lab: 4Hearts program

Do you know the advantages of the DIFIL test? The DIFIL test, unique to the laboratory of parasitology of the Diagnostic Service, makes it possible to highlight the microfilariae. The parasite is thus detected at an earlier stage of the disease and allows a diagnostic that would otherwise be falsely negative with the SNAP test. The SNAP test, widely used in clinics, only allows the detection of antigens related to adult female worms. It does not detect the microfilariae. [Read more]


New tests available- Levetiracetam/Zonisamide

Levetiracetam is a drug that belongs to the Pyrrolidine family used for the treatment of epileptic crises in small animals. It can be given in combination with Zonisamide, a sulfonamide anticonvulsant. Measurement of residual serum concentration following the use of these drugs optimizes the therapeutic effect or prevents unwanted side effects by allowing dose adjustment when needed. It thus ensures better monitoring by establishing the kinetics of the drug over a period of time. [Read more]


New expert in parasitology

We are pleased to announce that a new parasitologist, Dr. Christopher Fernandez-Prada, joined our team last August. Originally from Spain, Dr. Fernandez-Prada has made his veterinary studies at the University of Leon and graduated in 2008. He then continued his training in Spain and earned in 2013 a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences. [Read more]