About Pathcare Vetlab

PathCare Vetlab has provided a veterinary diagnostic service to the veterinary surgeons, farmers, the livestock industry and wildlife veterinary surgeons in national and private game sanctuaries and parks since 1997.

Electronic Result Reporting

Pathcare Vetlab has developed innovative electronic result solutions that allow results to be retrieved from computers, tablets, and even mobile phones.

Companion Animals

Species include dogs, cats, horses and pet birds.

The test ranges focuses on health screens where haematology, chemistry, microbiology, parasitology and histology are important. Samples tested include blood, skin and other biopsies, urine and faecal samples.

Specialist examination on body fluids and fine needle aspirates (FNA) for infectious and neoplastic diseases.

Neoplasia (cancer) is of increased importance in companion animals and timeous diagnosis of tumours may improve life expectancy and quality of life for many of these animals.

Production Animals

Veterinarians, farmers and producers rely on accurate laboratory testing to assist them in making diagnostic and management decisions on animal, flock and herd health. As one of the leading veterinary laboratories in South Africa and Namibia PathCare Vetlab offers dependable services and accurate test results to assist clinicians and producers with the management of the diseased animals and management of the production unit.

Our Laboratory offers various testing solutions for inter alia the detection of Trichomonas and Campylobacter organisms by means of PCR testing. Trichomonas (Tritrichomonas foetus) is a microscopic organism often found in the reproductive tract of cattle. The protozoa may be found in individual carrier cows or more frequently in the prepuce of bulls. It is transmitted predominantly during the breeding season. Bulls most often transmit the disease to susceptible cows. This results in an infection developing in the uterus of cows causing cows not to conceive.

There is constant improvement of the accuracy of tests in human and animal laboratories. One of the most rapidly developing fields is in molecular diagnostics and specifically the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests. This test relies on detection of nucleic acids found in all living organisms. The nucleic acids DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid) contain the genetic information that is unique to a species (eg. human, animal, plant, parasite, bacterium and virus) and an individual member of the species.

The PCR is a technique that permits the analysis of any short segment of DNA (or RNA) by reproducing (amplifying) selected sections of the genetic material. These sequences are compared to the nucleotide segments from a known source and can be used to identify the origin with high accuracy. The PathCare PCR laboratory has developed tests to identify Tritrichomonas foetus and Campylobacter fetus subspecies venerealis and C. fetus subspecies fetus in sheath wash samples from bulls. The tests that were developed are validated against known ATCC (American Type Culture Collection) strains of the organisms.

PathCare VetLab also offers pregnancy confirmation tests on cattle to Veterinarians and Farmers. As most pregnancy losses occur during the early stages of pregnancy, with up to 17% embryonic deaths during the period of 28-56 days after breeding The milk pregnancy test is used to CONFIRM pregnancy after the initial pregnancy diagnosis was made by palpation or ultra-sound. This test can be used from 28 days after breeding.

PathCare Vetlab has a national footprint and submitting samples to our laboratory is just a phone call away. For a detailed service guide please contact our VetLab via this website. Experience our dedication and expertise and join the group of Veterinarians and clients that that depend on our services and tests.

Exotic Animals

A very wide range of animal samples can be tested. Samples are regularly received from carnivora including wild felidae such as lion and cheetah, primates including vervet monkeys and baboons, insect eaters (eg. hedgehogs), rodents (mice and rats = “pocket pets”), wild equidae (zebra), rhinoceros, elephants, buffalo and antelope species, marine and fresh water fish including koi and ornamental fish.

The tests done on these species are mostly microbiology, parasitology, histology and cytology.