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What's New at the AHL


Nov 24, 2016


For a pdf copy of the AHL Holiday hours click here 



Nov 23, 2016

Our December 2016 newsletter is now available online. Please find it in our Publications section.


Nov 17, 2016

AHL has just finished participating in a trial with CFIA and GlobalVetLink (EquusLink), and was the pilot laboratory in Canada for this exciting new service. We thank the CFIA for taking up this initiative.


You can learn more about EquusLINK here:

Advantages of this product include:

-  Faster form completion

-  Streamlined submission to the lab.

-  No more issues with missing information - information can be updated immediately by the veterinarian if an omission is accidentally made.

-  Streamlined transmission of test results to CFIA.

-  Embedded color photographs of horses rather than hand drawings

-  Electronic reporting of results.

-  All results stored for immediate retrieval and immediate use (no more mailing results)


We have found this tool to be beneficial in streamlining EIA submissions, and we look forward to bring this solution to our clients!  Traditional EIA submission forms will of course still be accepted.

(519) 824-4120 ext. 54530

Sept 13, 2016

Does your clinic do in-house bovine lab testing? AHL is currently offering any clinic in Ontario performing bovine in-house lab work (specifically milk bacteriology) an in-person consultation to review quality assurance practices within your clinic, and testing of split milk samples to strengthen your in-clinic testing.  This service is provided at no charge to the clinic until summer of 2017, and is funded through the Ontario Disease Surveillance Program (DSP).  Take advantage of this excellent service today but contacting Josie Given at 54320 or


Sept 1, 2016  

AHL  will be performing important security maintenance on the Labvantage Server Monday September 5th from 6:00am to 8:00am.

Remote access to our Labvantage LIMS will be unavailable during this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Have a great Labour Day weekend!

Jim Fairles

Client Services Veterinarian 


August 29, 2016

Honey bee pathogens detection at the AHL is now accredited

The Animal Health Laboratory (AHL) of Laboratory Services (LS), University of Guelph is

accredited for veterinary laboratory testing techniques (flexible scope) as listed on LS’ SCC

scope of accreditation

The PCR test methods for honey bee pathogens listed below are now under AHL flexible scope.

• Acute bee paralysis virus (ABPV)

• Black queen cell virus (BQCV)

• Chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV)

• Deformed wing virus (DWV)

• Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV)

• Kashmir bee virus (KBV)

• Sacbrood virus (SBV)

• Crithida mellificae

• Spiroplasma apis

• Spiroplasma melliferum

• Tropilaeps screening (T. clareae, T. koenigerum, T. mercedesae)

• Varroa destructor haplotyping


August 25, 2016

Our September 2016 newsletter is now available online. Please find it in our Publications section. 


July 21, 2016

To our valued clients,

The University of Guelph will be migrating from our current email provider Zimbra, to Microsoft Office 365.  The migration will occur from July 22 6:00 pm until Monday morning, July 25.  In order to expedite the transition during this migration we will not be logging into AHL email .  If you need to contact the laboratory over the weekend, we ask that you do so by phone or fax.  The number to call is 519-824-4120 ext. 54530, to fax information please use 519-827-0961. Thank you for your understanding, and if you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Dr. Grant Maxie
Director, AHL

Dr. Jim Fairles

Client Services Veterinarian


July 14, 2016

"The Ontario Animal Health Network is starting a listserv for veterinarians who practice on, or wish to receive information on small flock poultry.  Veterinarians will receive pertinent notifications on disease outbreaks, small flock resources, and a forum to discuss small flock issues.  If you are interested in receiving this information, please email to be added to this free list." 


July 6, 2016

Subject: Possible Canada Post strike and Purolator shipping delays


To our valued clients,

Due to the possibility of a Canada Post strike Purolator is currently advising that they cannot guarantee express/next day delivery.   We are recommending that until the Canada Post issue is resolved, non-urgent cases be shipped Monday-Wednesday to avoid the possibility of specimens being held up over the weekend.   Weather is also a factor, and with the increased temperatures this week we are advising that you include extra ice packs to avoid any over-heating/spoiling of specimens. 

Please note your tracking numbers prior to shipping so that you can follow your package to ensure delivery has taken place, and advise us of any issues.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter, we will keep you posted on any updates that we receive from Purolator.



Dr. Grant Maxie

Dr. Jim Fairles


June 13, 2016

AHL has traditionally offered a prepaid overnight courier service for Ontario clients through Purolator Courier. The good news! This is NOT changing. The method that is used to do this however IS changing.

The prepaid collect AHL courier account number is being retired on June 30th 2016 and is being replaced by the use of Purolator Express Return Labels. We will now be using these return labels for all prepaid Purolator Courier packages that are destined for AHL. Please email  to order your Purolator Express Return Labels!


For more information please see Labnote 46


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