Equine Laboratory

The Valley Equine Veterinary Centre has a large equipped equine laboratory to enable us to provide laboratory services to our patients without having to send samples away to an external laboratory. This enables us to treat your horses with more speed and accuracy 24 hours a day.

Our Equine Laboratory Services:

Blood analysis – CBC and biochemistry (Abaxis system)

we have a state of the art chemistry, electrolyte and blood gas analyser that delivers accurate results with precision reference laboratory quality results in 12 minutes. We can diagnose and treat patients confidently without having to wait for laboratory test results from an off-site testing facility.

Blood Lactate and Serum AA testing – StableLab:

Stablelab is a handheld equine blood test and is 50 times more sensitive at detecting infections than traditional tools. Stablelab identifies cases of infection that even the standard lab tests do not pick up on. The handheld Reader accurately quantifies Serum Amyloid A between 0-3000 µg/ml. SAA is a protein produced in response to infection. It can indicate the severity of an infection and how the body is coping with it. With Stablelab we can manage a case with greater clarity and confidence.

Hindgut Ulcer Faecal Test (Succeed) Symptoms:

gastroscopy and treatment response are no longer the only resources for veterinarians to diagnose digestive tract disease in horses. Instead, vets can start with the SUCCEED Equine Faecal Bldood Test, the first complete and accurate tool to detect ulcers and other conditions throughout the entire equine digestive tract. When the mucosal lining of the horse’s gastrointestinal tract is compromised by inflammation or ulceration, it will typically bleed or seep protein into the gut. The SUCCEED FBT detects that blood loss and protein in a fresh faecal sample which can confirm the presence of GI tract disease. Proprietary antibody technology in the FBT detects the presence of albumin and/or haemoglobin, proteins in blood, in a horse’s manure. Taken together, results for each test indicate the presence of gut damage and can help the veterinarian determine the general location.

Other tests we can undertake include:

Worm Egg Counts

Faecal pH

Video Microscope


Semen Analysis and Evaluation


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