Our Microbiology testing options offer practitioners fast and effective results. These services have been designed to match practitioners expectations in terms of quality and service, whilst at all times offering cost effectiveness for the practice and the practices clients.
Our comprehensive microbiology service is operated internally by our team of highly trained scientific officers, under the direction of our Head of Microbiology.
Renowned in the UK diagnostic industry for the speed and quality of diagnosis we provide, Axiom Veterinary Laboratories Ltd offer diagnostic referral solutions to practitioners across the UK, Ireland and Europe.
We offer testing options in the following areas within our
in-house Microbiology Department:
Faecal Analysis Culture for pathogens; Parasitology for coccidia, ova, Giardia, Cryptosporidium; Baermann’s testing for lung and heartworms; Screening for the toxins of Clostridium difficile and Clostridium perfringens etc,
Microscopy, culture and sensitivity, protein: creatinine ratio, dipstick analysis and myoglobin estimation.
Aerobic and anaerobic cultures, plus screening, where indicated, for Actinomyces and Nocardia spp., ESBL-producing coliform bacteria, VRE, etc. Additionally, all samples are routinely examined for Meticillin-resistant Staphylococci (including MRSA) and lipid-dependant Malassezia species.
Dermatology Examination of skin and hairs for ectoparasites and fungal arthrospores; Trichogram; Culture for dermatophyle fungi and , where indicated, Dermatophilus congloensis.
"The Microbiology Dept. at Axiom Veterinary Laboratories utilises the latest chromogenic agars for rapid presumptive identification of various pathogens. This image shows a chromogenic agar for identification of Salmonellae, which appear lavender on this agar (other, non-bacterial pathogens of the gastrointestinal tract, (e.g. Proteus spp.) show different coloured colonies. All potential Salmonellae are confirmed biochemically and serologically before reporting."
"All Staphylococcal isolates are screened to determine whether or not they may be Meticillin-resistant strains. A combination of tests are used, though, as a presumptive screening test, patented chromogenic agars are utilised."
"All multiple-antibiotic resistant coliforms are tested to determine whether they may be Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase (ESBL)-producing strains. This is performed by demonstrating expansion of the zone size to certain third- and fourth-generation Cephalosporins as a result of clavulanic acid augmentation."
For a full breakdown of the testing options we offer please click the Sample Requirements link and search for the testing option you are looking for. This link provides the sample required to perform the test and the day(s) on which the tests are run. Please note that these timings are based on samples arriving at our main facility in Devon.