Update from the Director

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The view from the Director’s office

Our June newsletter typically notifies clients of our updated annual AHL User’s Guide and Fee Schedule which is revised every year on May 1.  This year, you may notice significant fee increases which are a result of economic pressures that all businesses are experiencing in this post-pandemic period.  Supply and staffing costs have increased, requiring compensatory increases in some test fees.  If you have any specific concerns or challenges related to test pricing, please reach out to us - we would be happy to review test options that might better suit your needs.

This May, we said farewell to our long-serving AHL Client Services Veterinarian, Dr. Jim Fairles, who has retired.  You can view a photograph of Jim holding a commemorative cartoon with all of his favourite hobbies in our Staff highlights section.  Included in this section is a photograph and biography of AHL’s new Client Services Veterinarian, Dr. Tim Pasma.  Congratulations Jim and welcome Tim!

As in many previous years, we seem to have progressed rapidly through the spring season into full-blown summer.  I’m sure many of you are ready to finally experience a full complement of summer-time activities as we begin to view the pandemic in the rear-view mirror after three long years of restrictions. 

I hope that you are able to relax and enjoy the summer of 2023 with your families and friends.  We all deserve it.

Maria Spinato, Director

Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON