routine necropsy, bacterial swabs are taken from various areas of the
animal including the pharynx, caecum and genitals. Swabs are also taken
from any lesions or abnormalities discovered during the necropsy.
laboratory is run by a professional bacteriologist with decades of experience.
Using biochemical, agglutination and molecular biological techniques
all isolates are identified, and any pathogenic or unusual species of
bacteria are reported to our Clients.
that if an organism is isolated that has the potential to cause disease
in either the animals or the staff, then the client should be informed
in confidence, even if the organism is not listed on the FELASA guidelines.
management can only be improved by having access to all the available
information. Links to relevant references about the organism are also
routinely supplied so that the Client can decide what course of action
they believe is correct, and expert advice is always available.
A full range
of environmental bacteriology services is also available including the
screening of water, air, surfaces and consumables, including diet and
Diagnostics are able to examine samples from all species of
animals for evidence of ectoparasites and endoparasites. Ectoparasites
are looked for via direct examination of the fur and ears of rodent
species, or in the case of larger species, examination of ear swabs.
used to screen for endoparasites include microscopic examination of
fresh caecal and duodenal contents to look for live protozoa and helminths,
and anal imprints and faecal flotations to look for eggs and cysts.
If samples are sent to our consultant parasitologists for a second opinion,
all charges are covered by Surrey Diagnostics.