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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.


Jan 21, 2015

How do you measure infection in your practice?  How do you determine if antibiotics should be implemented, or stopped?  Serum amyloid A can be an effective tool to help answer the infection/inflammation question in horses.  This year at the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, a number of presentations focused on the use of this inflammatory marker in equine medicine. Drs. Brent Hoff and Kris Ruotsalo, AHL clinical pathologists, and Helen Kocmarek, Clinical Pathology Technical Supervisor, developed and validated the test for horses under AHSI funding.  Since 2010, biochemical profiles at the Animal Health Lab have included serum amyloid A.  We know you're busy, so here's a compilation of succinct information about how to use and interpret SAA in practice.  

Video shot at the 2014 AAEP conference (audio only can be listened to safely via bluetooth if driving).  This video showcases prominent US veterinarians discussing how they use SAA in their practice.  Discussion is lead by Dr. Nathan Slovis of Hagyard Equine Medical Centre.

Paper outlining use of serum amyloid A in practice

AHL newsletter providing information about SAA in the AHL Newsletter 2010

Article in "the Horse" speaking to SAA testing for your clients


Summary of Dr. Hoff's initial work on SAA


Jan 19, 2015

Practice submission tip: Remember that formalin freezes in the cold weather too!  Fixed tissues that have been frozen in formalin have significant artifact, decreasing diagnostic potential.  To prevent freezing when submitting samples to the lab, or carrying formalin jars in ambulatory vehicles, add 1 ml isopropyl alcohol (or any other alcohol on hand) for every 10 ml of formalin.   Whole blood and EDTA blood will also freeze, rendering samples unusable. Send only serum, and/or insulate EDTA tubes to protect from freezing.

Dec 16, 2014

Please see the AHL Christmas Hours for 2014 


Dec 15, 2014

The Ontario Animal Health Network now has a Twitter and Facebook page!  As veterinarians ourselves, we know how busy you are, and that it can be a challenge to stay up to date on animal health news, and find content for your Facebook page.  The OAHN pages are designed so you or your clinic staff can easily reshare content to your website, Facebook or Twitter accounts.  Up to date content on our site that you can share easily ensures that you are always on the cutting edge of animal health information for your clients!  News items will be feature multiple species and topics.  We would welcome your feedback!


Dec 4, 2014

Check out the new "OAHN Rabies podcast: What every veterinarian should know about rabies in Ontario".  There are two podcasts: one for small animal vets and one for all species.  This podcast is for veterinarians and their staff  in Ontario.  In this podcast Dr. Maureen Anderson, DACVIM, and the lead veterinarian for rabies at OMAFRA is interviewed.  We tell you what every vet should know about the new regulations and testing in Ontario, and offer a refresher on rabies as a disease.


Nov 25, 2014

AHL Specimen Reception is undergoing a re-design for 2014/15.  During construction please deliver specimens to the shipping/receiving area. Click here for more details including a map and photos.

Nov 5, 2014

Up to date Ebola virus information for veterinarians and their clients.

Many veterinarians have been asked about Ebola virus and how it may affect the general public and the pet population, following recent headlines.  We know all veterinarians strive to provide current, factually correct information about relevant topics.  The following compilation of links contain up to date information about Ebola virus and animals.  Feel free to repost or share on your clinic Facebook page, Twitter or newsletter.  

Canadian information: 

Dr. Scott Weese's blog post about Ebola and pets (Worms and Germs link)

Healthy Canadians - Government of Canada update

US information:
American Veterinary Medical Association official statement and fact page about Ebola: (AVMA link)
Center for Disease Control information about Ebola, and their webpage dedicated to Ebola and pets.

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