The Toxicology Diagnostic laboratory is responsible for providing a highly specialized veterinary diagnostic service in South Africa. Our main function is to screen samples for toxic substances, investigate unknown causes of livestock poisoning, and interpret laboratory results in a meaningful manner and advice clients. In addition, this laboratory strives to make quick diagnoses so that the affected animals can be treated as soon as possible. The test results are always interpreted holistically in light of the clinical signs and post mortem findings, i.e. a multidisciplinary approach is followed. The diagnostic tests provided by our laboratory are listed in
Table 1. This table gives information regarding the specific test, type and volume of samples required and turnaround time.
TABLE 1: Toxicology Diagnostic services
TYPE OF SAMPLES
TURN AROUND TIME
Liver; Kidney 50g (Fresh or in formalin)
Rib bones 200g
Note: Formalin samples only suitable for digestion methods. All other samples must be maintained fresh by keeping them on ice or frozen.
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