Did you know that Liphook Equine Hospital Laboratory now have reference intervals for the TRH stimulation test so it can be used throughout the year?
Historically, data from Liphook Equine Hospital showed that there was a seasonal influence on TRH stimulation results and that seasonal cut-offs were needed to use the test in the Autumn. Whilst that information was not available, vets were unable to use the TRH stimulation test from July to November.
Recently, Amanda Adams of the University of Kentucky performed TRH stimulation tests on normal horses every month of the year and calculated seasonal reference intervals so that the test can now be interpreted with accuracy throughout the year. Therefore, if you have equivocal ACTH results and clinical suspicions of equine Cushing’s disease (PPID), then the TRH stimulation test can be used regardless of the time of year.
If you would like the Laboratory to supply your veterinary practice with TRH and the instructions for the test, then please contact the laboratory by phone 01428 729509 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Spring, Professor Andy Durham attended the International Equine Endocrinology Summit in Florida, USA. Attached below is a summary of the most practical and clinically relevant information for vets in practice that was presented at the meeting:
Newsletter from the International Equine Endocrinology Summit
As always, please do feel free to contact one of our medicine specialists, Andy, Victoria or Jamie if this information provokes any questions with regards to testing and managing EMS and PPID in your practice.
Liphook Equine Laboratory are proud to announce that we are the first and only laboratory internationally to offer a highly sensitive and specific qPCR designed to detect all recognised equine dermatophyte species (ringworm).
Apart from being more accurate, we also guarantee a result within 24 hours rather than the normal 2 weeks for a culture.
Liphook Equine Hospital Laboratory are delighted to launch a new same day test for the diagnosis of ringworm in horses. We are the first and only laboratory internationally to offer highly sensitive and specific qPCR designed to detect al recognised dermatophyte species known to affect horses.
Please see our latest Laboratory Newsletter for more details and feel free to contact our medicine specialists Andy, Victoria and Jamie for more information – 01428 727200, email@example.com
We have recently launched adiponectin as a additional option when testing for EMS. Adiponectin is a beneficial fat-derived hormone that normally improves insulin sensitivity. Obese and laminitis-prone horses/ponies often have low adiponectin levels and this has been shown to be a good predictor of future laminitis risk.
Horses and ponies don’t need to be fasted prior to sampling, just take a blood sample in a red-top plain tube whenever you decide to test your patient. Just remember to separate the serum, and send to the Laboratory in a chiller pack – please contact the laboratory and we can send these packs free of charge – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to download our recent guide to Adiponectin testing for more information on this popular, practical, and useful EMS test.
We have introduced serum iron as a inflammatory marker to a number of our profiles, since it is a sensitive and specific marker of inflammation in horses and outperforms fibrinogen. Please see our Autumn Newsletter for further information.
Please see below for our latest newsletter:
Laboratory Newsletter Spring 2016
Liphook Equine Hospital are pleased to announce that our CT scanner is up and running. Please see the link below for more information:
Liphook Equine Hospital – CT Scanner