AHL User's Guide and Fee Schedule - May 1, 2021

Front cover image of 2021 Fee Schedule

Includes test information, new tests, new test panels, and more!

Mobile friendly!

Available on-line at https://www.uoguelph.ca/ahl/

Test information is linked to LabNotes to facilitate test selection and interpretation of results.

New tests since May 2020:

  • Anaplasma marginale and A. centrale duplex qPCR
  • Renibacterium salmoninarum qPCR (Bacterial Kidney Disease)
  • Swine dystrophin genotyping
  • African Swine Fever PCR Surveillance
  • Rotavirus, group A,B,C – Sequencing
  • Avian metapneumovirus (AMPV) – ELISA
  • Ureaplasma culture, semen
  • Bacterial count, total viable in fish feces
  • Bovine comprehensive respiratory panel
  • Cryptosporidium species PCR
  • Bovine astrovirus – PCR
  • Hatchery - excess mortality - Salmonella culture
  • Hatchery, reactor - Salmonella culture
  • Whole Genome Sequencing
  • Campylobacter fetus sbsp venerealis – Bacterial culture
  • Salmonella Dublin – qPCR.

Online fee schedule

Please note: The fee schedule is available only to veterinarians, veterinary organizations, and researchers. We have changed the login and all clients must now have a unique username and password.

Please visit https://www.uoguelph.ca/ahl/user/register to register.  (Internal University of Guelph clients – please email ahlinfo@uoguelph.ca for set up.)

Questions? ahlinfo@uoguelph.ca (519) 824-4120 ext 54530.

AHL Specimen Reception update

We hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather.  Summer brings extra precautions when shipping parcels with perishable diagnostic specimens, so don’t forget those ice packs!

The vestibule at AHL Guelph is available from 7AM to 10PM every day for drop-off of submissions.

Please remember that samples dropped off must be packaged to prevent leakage similar to sending by courier!  And also remember to include a fully completed submission form!  We don’t like to play detective!

On our main AHL website page are 4 videos – a virtual tour of the lab and 3 videos related to filling out the submission form, packaging and splitting and preparing samples.  Please have a look!


Here are some pertinent points to consider during the summer months.  Although the couriers are somewhat more reliable now, there are still times when submissions can be delayed.  There will be concerns around critical temperature-sensitive testing unless extra precautions are taken.

From our Labnote 27: https://www.uoguelph.ca/ahl/submissions/ahl-labnote-27-submission-instructions

  • Separate serum from clot after complete blood clotting has taken place.
  • Always include a blood smear for all complete blood count (CBC) samples.
  • Use styrofoam insulating containers and freezer packs (Fig. 1).
  • Wrap samples in insulating material (e.g. paper).
  • Ship earlier in the week to avoid hold-overs on the weekend.

Figure 1. Styrofoam container, ice packs and packaging material for optimal transport of lab submissions.

          Packing materials for shipping specimens

Thanks very much for your patience and understanding.

ahlinfo@uoguelph.ca   (519) 824-4120 ext 54530.

Jim Fairles, Jennifer Zoethout, Client Services and Specimen Reception.