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What's New at the AHL


November 18, 2015

Dr. Brent Hoff presented on the Equine Canada National Disease Surveillance call today about a recent case of anaplasmosis diagnosed in a horse in Ontario.  The full story on the case is featured in the December AHL newsletter.

Be sure to stop by the AHL booth at the Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners conference tonight and Thursday.  Dr. Jim Fairles will be at the booth on Thursday to answer any of your lab questions.


November 11, 2015 

To our valued clients, The AHL LIMS system is now up and running on the main server.  
Ancillary functionality (eg submission receipt confirmation) is now functioning as well.
Sample testing and reporting continues. For those with web access, you should now be able to log into your accounts.
If there are any issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at or 519-824-4120 ext 54530 and we will investigate.



Jim Fairles


November 10, 2015


To our valued clients,

Due to the unforeseen events surrounding a University of Guelph network outage on Friday, we are in the process of rebuilding our servers. 
The IT team has been working around the clock to get the systems up and running since Friday and we thank you for your patience.
We are currently running LIMS on a backup server with less capacity. 
If you have web access, you may have had issues logging in yesterday and today - apologies as we get back up to full capacity.
Again, we thank you for your patience and we will inform you when the main servers are back on-line.
This is anticipated to be Wednesday.
Although the labs have continued testing, our reporting of results may be delayed as well.  

If you cannot login and/or need results - please do not hesitate to email or call 519-824-4120 ext 54530 and we can investigate.



Dr. J Fairles
Client Services Veterinarian 
Animal Health Laboratory 



November 9, 2015 

To our valued clients - an internet outage at the University of Guelph on Friday caused our LIMS to be affected as well. Our IT department is working as fast as possible to rectify the problem.

AHL continues to test and report in manual mode. As LIMS is offline we are unable to provide historic results. We will advise when LIMS is available again.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.




Jim Fairles

Client Services Veterinarian


Oct 26, 2015

This week involved a lot of meetings for the AHL team- the American Association of Veterinary Pathologists, and American Association of Veterinary Lab Diagnosticians meetings in Minneapolis and Providencce, RI respectively.  The following AHL team members made presentations: 

Dr. Grant Maxie
Dr. Durda Slavic
Dr. Melanie Barham

What is AAVLD?  AAVLD is an annual meeting for lab diagnosticians and US Animal Health Association members, where molecular techniques are shared, posters, and extension services.  The AAVLD is also an accrediting body, accrediting labs to some of the highest standards in the veterinary business.  The Animal Health Lab is proud to be one of 4 AAVLD accredited labs in Canada, and very proud to have Ontario testing and programming recognized internationally.  Dr. Maxie is the past president of AAVLD, and editor of the journal JVDI. Find out more here:

What does this mean for you as a client?  AAVLD accreditation and ACVP members means that as an AHL client, you receive a high level of attention to detail and quality control, while the staff and veterinarians seek to continually advance testing technology here in Ontario.


Oct 19, 2015

October 1st marked our 3rd annual stakeholder meeting for the Ontario Disease Surveillance Plan.  The meeting, aptly named, "Staying ahead of the curve", took place at the Arboretum Centre in Guelph, and had a record 94 participants.  Industry partners, producers, private veterinarians from the OAHN networks, as well as government, academic and laboratory veterinarians were present from each species group in Ontario.  The day was a facilitated discussion of what has been accomplished this year with OAHN and DSP, as well as planning for the 2015/2016 year ahead.   Veterinarians were invited to stay for an evening mixer and discussion over dinner. Thank you to all participants for taking time from their busy schedules to attend and ensure that the OAHN and DSP programs are right for your industry.

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. 



Click below for more details:


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. 

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