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What's New at the AHL


Sept 25, 2015

Small Poultrybackyard chickens Flock Disease Surveillance Project

Do you have small flock poultry clients?  OMAFRA and U of Guelph, through the Animal Health Lab and the Ontario Animal Health Network are starting a small flock disease surveillance project October 1st. Non-quota, non-commercial poultry owners can submit cases through their veterinarian at the rate of $25 per case.  In exchange, the owner will need to complete a survey. 



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Sept 2, 2015

On Friday September 4, and Saturday, September 5th over 4,000 new undergraduate students will be moving into student residences on campus.  This will cause congestion on roads and parking lots around the University.  The Animal Health Laboratory is still open to clients dropping off samples.  Please tell the volunteers directing traffic that you are an AHL client and they will let you on to roads leading to the AHL that are otherwise closed.  Here are some notes to keep in mind.

* Gordon Street will be closed during move-in from Stone Road to College Avenue.

* The following University-owned roads will be impassible - please regard them as closed with the exception of move-in  and AHL related traffic: McGilvray Road, South Ring Road, East Ring Road and Dundas Lane.


August 4, 2015

The summer temperatures are on the  rise, and so are parasite burdens in pasture. Did you know AHL has a robust parasitology laboratory, and we provide full service parasite detection?  We offer excellent turn around times, and competitive rates on all parasite tests.  Need help choosing a test?  Give us a call at the lab, or check out the recent AHL newsletter article on choosing a parasitology test, as well as shipping and collection tips: How to choose an equine parasitology test (pp. 20).


July 29, 2015


Dear AHL clients,

            With this week’s anticipated heat wave please ensure that your specimens are packaged with as many ice packs as possible.  Although the specimens arrive first thing in the morning, they do spend a considerable amount of time on a hot truck and in a warehouse.  In that time, blood specimens can become hemolyzed and unsuitable for testing.  Styrofoam cooler boxes are also recommended whenever possible in these hot conditions. 

            Please note that August 1-3 is a long weekend, and while we are open to receive specimens, couriers will not be delivering until Tuesday morning.  Please avoid shipping specimens on Friday July 31st.


Thank you,

Client Services AHL


June 29, 2015

The Animal Health Lab Guelph will be open only for receiving of samples (9AM to 5PM) on Wednesday July 1st.  Emergency post mortem services are available in Guelph - please call ahead to discuss with the pathologist. AHL Kemptville will be closed. Couriers will not be delivering on Wednesday - Please make note of this when shipping to the lab this week -Happy Canada Day!


June 26, 2015

We are very pleased to announce that the Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) website is now live! Please check it out at: or click on the OAHN logo in the upper right hand corner.

More details are below. 

The Ontario Animal Health Network has released its new website, which provides a home for animal health information for veterinarians, producers and owners. features a sign-in area for veterinarians, where they can access veterinary reports to keep on top of animal health patterns in Ontario. For producers, there are resources, producer reports, and species-specific information. In addition, the website features podcasts, contact information and helpful links and videos for vets, producers, pet owners, and industry experts.

June 16, 2015 


To our valued clients, 


Major renovations at AHL-Kemptville will begin today June 16 lasting up to 1 week. During this time there may be short delays in postmortem turnaround time. While the contractors do not anticipate causing major interruptions there may be transient restrictions on client access to the loading dock while heavy equipment is in use. The renovations should be completed by June 23. 


Dr. Andrew Brooks


Animal Health Laboratory
79 Shearer Street
Kemptville, Ontario K0G 1J0



June 9, 2015

Happy World Accreditation Day!  The Animal Health Laboratory is proud to be accredited as an ISO 17025 and AAVLD laboratory, adhering to some of the highest quality programs in the laboratory business.  The AHL is one of 3 labs in Canada with AAVLD accreditation, and the only lab in Ontario with this title.  

What does this mean for you as a practitioner?  AAVLD, similar to other formal accreditation programs in the veterinary world, require stringent quality assurance programs, documentation of these programs, and frequent audits.  Assuring accuracy and quality is part of our daily life!  For example, calibration processes are carried out daily on our machines, and servicing is regularly scheduled for each machine.  Even our pipettes are professionally calibrated!  We also develop and validate new tests throughout the year, and are equipped with "flexible scope" in many areas, meaning that our quality program is trusted, so we can add appropriate tests. 


May 27, 2015

Our June 2015 newsletter is now available online. Please find it in our Publications section.


Apr 30, 2015

To our valued clients - as April 30th is our year end, we start May 1 2015 with an updated Fee Schedule.

You should have received a hard copy of our Fee Schedule in the mail to your clinic. 
If you have not or require more - please email your request to 
I invite you to our website
where our Fee Schedule is available (new prices will show after May 4th).
If you do not have the user name and password, please email and we can provide it. 
You can also see our Fee Schedule in our LIMS if you routinely logon to look at results - this is current as of May 1st. 
Thanks in advance for your continued support.
If there are any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Jim Fairles


Apr 8, 2015

Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N2 has been confirmed in a turkey farm in southwestern Ontario. Eight farms have been quarantined and CFIA is dealing with containing the outbreak.
This virus causes high mortality in turkeys, but is not a threat to human heath or to food safety.

The AHL, as an AIV Network lab, is involved in testing samples, and is taking strict biocontainment measures.


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