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.
Please find attached a copy of our July 2013 Laboratory Newsletter which contains news on our new histopathology service, and guide to the new tests that have been introduced in the last 12 months.
Liphook Equine Hospital Newsletter July 2013
A few horses have been identified with neurological equine herpes virus this year in the west of the country. Sporadic cases are not uncommon in the UK so this in itself is not that unusual. However, the proximity (in both time and location) to a major equestrian event has raised the profile of these cases and consequently there will be an article in tomorrow’s Horse and Hound discussing equine herpes virus. The cases that have been identified in the west have been isolated and all appropriate measures have been taken to control any disease spread.
An article in this week’s Horse and Hound aims to provide a balanced discussion of the exceedingly complicated issues surrounding equine herpes virus but above all we would advise you not to panic and to call us if you would like to discuss the situation on your yard specifically. Although the disease can be very serious and should not be taken lightly, the risk to horses in our area currently is thankfully very low.
Naturally, many people are keen to provide as much protection as possible for their horses and are asking about vaccination. Currently the vaccine for equine herpes virus is not available but importation of further vaccine stocks is planned so vaccination may become an option in the near future. The vaccine is designed to prevent abortion in broodmares but can be used to reduce the risk of the other forms of the disease i.e. respiratory infection and neurological signs (the latter being the most serious). The vaccine does not offer complete protection to the individual but may reduce the severity of disease and reduces the amount of virus that is spread if a horse becomes infected and thereby reduces the risk to other horses. The vaccine is very safe so in situations where there are broodmares or large numbers of horses coming and going then the costs may be outweighed by the potential benefits. Other than cost, there is a suggestion that vaccination may (and this is a very controversial point) increase the risk of neurological disease if the horse is already infected. As there have not been any outbreaks in our area this is not a concern currently.
Please see below for our latest newsletter:
March 2013 Laboratory Newsletter
Please see below for our latest Laboratory Newsletter:
Laboratory Newsletter February 2013
Please find attached our latest Laboratory Newsletter containing information on a new ‘Weight Control’ diet available via veterinary surgeons, an update on TRH stimulation tests, our new slimline car packs and new members of staff.
Copies of the Newsletter will be arriving by post to our veterinary practices in the next few days, but please feel free to download the newsleter from the link below in the meantime.
Laboratory Newsletter Autumn 2012
At BEVA Congress 2012, we launched our “No nonsense guide to equine clinical pathology“.
Each chapter has been uploaded onto the Liphook Equine Hospital website for you to browse at your convenience as a paper-free copy when you are out and about.
A hard copy can be ordered from email@example.com
We will be operating a normal laboratory service on Saturday 25th August 2012 and an emergency service will be available during the remaining bank holiday period.
For further details please download: August Bank Holiday Laboratory Service Details
The Laboratory publishes quarterly newsletters that discuss recent advances in clinical pathology, internal medicine and other topics that are relevant to the equine practitioner.
SPRING LABORATORY NEWSLETTER
We will be operating a normal laboratory service on Saturday 5th May 2012 and Saturday 6th June 2012 and an emergency out of hour’s service will be available during these weekends. Please contact the hospital on 01428 727727 if you require this emergency service over this period.
Laboratory Bank Holiday Service