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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.

Oct 20, 2014

We have updated submission forms!!  
Using these updated forms streamlines specimen reception data entry - please remove all old forms from circulation. 
They are available on our website or email, to have customized submission forms sent to your facility.

Oct 9, 2014

As part of the OABP (Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners) annual fall meeting, the Animal Health Lab is pleased to be hosting Ontario large animal technicians on November 20th, 2014.  AHL pathologists will be leading technicians  in a wetlab, teaching about performing field postmortems on ruminants, and lab diagnostics.  The OABP technician program is part of the OABP fall conference for veterinarians and technicians and features excellent speakers from across North America , including Dr. Eugene Janzen, clinician from the University of Calgary, Dr. Jim Reynolds of UC Davis, Dr. Bert VanNejenhuis, from the Netherlands, among others.  The technician program is in its second year, following a very well attended inaugural program in 2013.  AHL is proud to be a part of this excellent learning opportunity for technicians across Ontario.  See full program here.

Sept 25, 2014

Check out the Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) podcasts. Topics include neonatal piglet diarrhea, equine colitis and Johne's testing in small ruminants. They are designed to be quick and practical information for veterinarians in the field.  The episodes online currently feature some well-known OVC, OMAFRA and AHL colleagues- Murray Hazlett, Memo Arroyo, Cathy Bauman, Josepha DeLay, Bob Friendship and Alison Moore.  We would welcome your comments!  


Sept 25, 2014

The Disease Surveillance Plan - Staying ahead of the curve: 2nd annual stakeholder meeting for the Ontario Animal Health Network took place on September 10, 2014 in the Arboretum Centre, at the University of Guelph. For details on the agenda, attendees, and reports please visit the OMAFRA - U of G Partnership website.

August 25, 2014

Our September 2014 newsletter is now available online. Please find it in our Publications section.

Aug 8, 2014

AHL now offers a "specimen receipt confirmation" email or fax. When your submission is initially entered into our LIM system, it generates an automatic response that is emailed and/or faxed to you indicating the data and testing that has been entered on the case as well as the expected turnaround time. Please email us at if you would like this feature activated. Once activated, if you should happen to have questions or concerns about data entry or there are changes needed - please email with the case number and concern and we will investigate.

July 2, 2014

Dr. Melanie Barham, OVC 2007, joined the AHL today as our Animal Health Network Coordinator, under DSP, the Disease Surveillance Plan. Melanie will be our key contact as we organize our various species expert networks for Ontario.  Contact email

June 23, 2014

To our valued clients - as you may be aware, Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation comes into effect on July 1 2014.  Consequently, AHL requires your explicit consent to send you commercial electronic messages (CEMs) after that date. We will need your permission to send the AHL Newsletter and other correspondence, announcements etc.
If you have not already done so please email or visit our 'contact us' page to provide this consent and continue to receive AHL correspondence.

May 29, 2014

Our June 2014 newsletter is now available online. Please find it in our Publications section. 


May 21, 2014

Click here to see the 'Rabies Response Information Update' from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs.


May 16, 2014

May 1 2014 - It's the start of AHL's new fiscal year and we have an updated user guide and fee schedule. Tests available at the AHL can be easily viewed under the "Tests and User Guide / Tests available". Fees and user guide are available to client veterinarians and can be viewed with a user name and password. Please email to receive a user name and password for client access.  


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