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Infectious Diseases

We run PCR and qPCR to detect a range of pathogens of cats and dogs.

Infectious Disease qPCRs

The turnaround time on infectious disease PCRs is typically 3 to 5 days. The results are sent by email within 5 working days of us receiving your samples. These times can be subject to change (e.g. for Bank holidays).

Please ensure that no cat litter is present. Samples should be kept refrigerated and sent directly to the laboratory.

*Faecal samples for Tritrichomonas foetus qPCR are less stable than many other sample types. To ensure the best results possible, samples should ideally be received in the laboratory within 3 days of sampling, although positive results have been obtained after lengthier delays.

Samples for Feline Coronavirus are also unstable, these should be submitted to the lab at the earliest opportunity, or if they are to be stored keep them at -80oC.

Care should be taken to mix blood efficiently as the efficacy of the tests will be reduced if clotting occurs. Samples should be submitted in a leak-proof secondary container within in a sealed, padded (Jiffy) bag with a submission form. If samples are being sent from EU countries, please include a copy of the facilitation letter. Please note, we cannot accept diagnostic samples from non-EU countries.

The delivery address for samples is:

Diagnostic Laboratories
Langford Vets
Churchill Building
Langford House

Please ensure that all the sample tubes are double wrapped and that absorbent material is included in the inner wrapping to minimise the risk of contamination.

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