Sad news - death of Dr. Brent Hoff

We’re sad to announce the death of Dr. Brent Hoff following a short battle with cancer.  Brent was our long-term clinical pathologist/toxicologist with VLSB and the AHL, recently retired.  He will be missed by many.  “Arrangements entrusted to Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St., Guelph. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Habitat for Humanity would be appreciated.”  

New AHL Fee Schedule and User's Guide

It's May 1st and the beginning of another fiscal year at AHL. That brings a new AHL User's Guide and Fee Schedule and slight adjustments in fees.  You should be receiving a hard copy at your clinic shortly.  

Holiday Hours

The Animal Health Laboratory Guelph with be open with normal “Sunday” service from 9 to 5 on Good Friday April 14th for submission intake (drop off always available 24/7) and for emergency post mortem services. Normal Saturday service (limited clinical pathology and bacteriology plus emergency post mortem) and Sunday service (submission intake and emergency post mortem) will be available over the weekend.

Normal service resumes Monday April 17th.

20th anniversary of the AHL!

We’ve just celebrated 20 years of success since the move of the Vet Lab Services Branch of OMAFRA and merger with various of the diagnostic laboratories of the Ontario Veterinary College on April 1, 1997. We continue to be a fully accredited, full-service lab serving clients throughout Ontario and beyond, and look forward to continuing to provide quality service to our many clients.

Purolator has returned to normal service!

To our valued clients.

Thanks  for your patience as we worked through the Purolator service suspension.

We have assurances from  Purolator that they are now returning to normal service and will once again pick up parcels.

Please continue to use the Purolator return waybills that are generated and sent to clients by AHL

Purolator is not picking up samples today!

To our valued clients:

As you may be aware from the news , Purolator is not accepting parcel pickups today March 28 pending labour negotiations. We will have more clarity late Wednesday afternoon March 29.

For our clients that cannot hold packages and must send submissions – please use either Fedex or UPS and send collect (charge to receiver - AHL).

March 2017 Newsletter

Our March 2017 Newsletter is online, please find it in our Publications section.

specimen-receipt report

If you have not signed up already, please contact to set up the specimen-receipt report for your clinic.  This report is auto-emailed to your clinic as soon as cases are logged into our LIMS.  The report includes the AHL case #, samples received, submitter and invoicing information, owner/animal identifiers, case history, and tests ordered (including TAT).  This handy feature enables clients to verify that the correct information and tests have been logged for each case.

40-tube blood mailers

AHL now has 40-tube blood mailers available for purchase at $3/box.  Ensure the survival of your specimens by shipping them in a sturdy container! AHL now has larger histology containers to accommodate various tissue sizes, 125 mL-$2.00, 250 mL-$3.00, and 500 mL-$4.00, email to order!

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