OAHN Announces New Funding Through OMAFRA-University of Guelph Partnership

We are pleased to announce that the next OMAFRA-University of Guelph Partnership has been finalized, providing up to 10 years of funding to programs important to agriculture for Ontarians, which includes the Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN). OAHN will be continuing as a part of the partnership agreement, managed at the Animal Health Laboratory.

Canine Influenza in Ontario

Yesterday, it was announced that canine influenza had been verified in Ontario (see details here). If you are looking for testing, the Animal Health Lab offers the recommended PCR test (test name: Influenza A virus, matrix - PCR, test code: inflpcr, turn around time: 1-5 d).  We recommend submitting your samples in either virus transport medium, or in a red top tube with a small amo

Cold weather shipping reminder

It’s that time of year again when we need to start thinking about preventing samples from freezing. Specimens such as EDTA blood are rendered useless when frozen. Formalin will also freeze, which creates artifacts in fixed tissue. It can be difficult to protect samples shipped during the winter from severe cold. Even 10% neutral-buffered formalin will freeze in harsh winter weather conditions. To prevent formalin freezing, add 1 mL of ethanol per 10 mL of formalin.

BVD antigen ELISA update

The AHL through some recent cases and some discussion among other labs has noted that the BVDV Ag ELISA is not performing to specifications, i.e., false positives) 

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