Government of New Brunswick

Overview

The principal focus of the laboratory is the diagnostic testing of specimens from food-producing, fur-bearing and other agricultural animal species, including horses, in support of the Provincial Veterinary Service and the development of the livestock and poultry sectors in New Brunswick. However, since the laboratory provides the only comprehensive veterinary laboratory diagnostic service in the province, it also deals with specimens from a variety of other mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian species including wildlife, companion animals, exotic animals and zoo animals.

Eligibility

All laboratory samples must be submitted through veterinarians, along with a concise clinical history, and all results are reported to a veterinarian. Dairy, beef, swine, poultry, sheep, goat, fox, mink, and alternate livestock producers and horse owners are eligible for services. Services are also available to zoos, wildlife parks and agencies, and animal welfare enforcement agencies, as well as private veterinary practitioners.

Description

The Provincial Veterinary Laboratory has been in operation since 1943 with the mandate to provide high quality, efficient laboratory diagnostic service to support the provincial veterinary service, and the growth and development of New Brunswick's livestock and poultry industries.

The primary focus of the laboratory is diagnostic testing of specimens from food-producing, fur-bearing and other agricultural animal species, including horses. However, since the laboratory provides the only comprehensive veterinary laboratory diagnostic service in the province, it also deals with specimens from a variety of other mammal, bird, reptile and amphibian species including wildlife, companion animals, exotics, research animals and zoo animals.

The accurate laboratory diagnosis of disease problems helps veterinarians to institute effective treatment and prevention programs, and can often result in the prevention of losses for the livestock and poultry producer, as well as the prevention of animal suffering. The work of the Provincial Veterinary Laboratory Service also enables the government of New Brunswick and the livestock and poultry industries to do surveillance for diseases that may limit livestock production, affect trade, be of public health significance or affect consumer confidence, so that a response can be effected. Some of our active surveillance programs include bovine dairy herd milk culturing, monitoring egg-laying chicken flocks for Salmonella enteritidis, and monitoring flocks of chicks for Salmonella species. New and emerging disease problems, as well as important diseases such as rabies, infectious laryngotracheitis, tuberculosis, Hantavirus infection and Lyme disease have been detected through laboratory submissions.

The range of specimens tested at the Provincial Veterinary Laboratory includes carcasses, fresh and fixed tissues from live or dead animals, swabs, smears, feces, blood, urine, milk, various other body fluids, parasites, hair, skin scrapings and avian fluff samples.

Tests performed at the laboratory include necropsy, histopathology, cytopathology, hematology, clinical chemistry, urinalysis, culture for bacteria and fungi, bovine dairy herd milk culture, bacterial susceptibility, parasitology and limited avian serology (for Mycoplasma gallisepticum and Mycoplasma synoviae). Samples for most other serologic tests, as well as samples to be tested for viruses, Chlamydia, most toxins, and some nutrients are referred to other laboratories, primarily at the Atlantic Veterinary College.

The Provincial Veterinary Laboratory is open for business from Monday through Friday, 8:15 am to 4:30 pm, excluding statutory holidays. Fees are charged for services provided by the Provincial Veterinary Laboratory, as well as for testing referred to other laboratories. All specimens are submitted through veterinarians and all results are reported to the referring veterinarian.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:
http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/services/fees-frais/2014/2014AAF04Veterinary.pdf

Fees

Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
YYYY-MM-DD
Laboratory tests for equine, companion, zoo and exotic animal species
  Necropsy examinations (gross examinations only)2010-04-01
  Necropsy examinations for an animal weighing 50 kg or less, per examination (gross examinations only)42.302014-04-01
  Necropsy examinations for an animal weighing more than 50 kg (gross examinations only)84.502014-04-01
  Complete necropsy examination (rate varies depending upon number and type of tests required)2014-04-01
Microbiology 2014-04-01
  Bacteriology - single sample 16.752014-04-01
  Bacteriology - multiple samples from each carcass33.502014-04-01
  Bacterial susceptibility (per isolate) 16.752014-04-01
  Mycology cultures, per sample 16.752014-04-01
Parasitology (any single test) 16.752014-04-01
Clinical pathology (any single test) 2014-04-01
  Hematology (CBC only) 12.452014-04-01
  Hematology (CBC, Differential) 19.052014-04-01
  Hematology (CBC, Differential, Total Protein) 21.152014-04-01
  Hematology (Differential only) 12.452014-04-01
  Clinical Chemistry Profile (1-5 tests) 21.152014-04-01
  Clinical Chemistry Profile (6-10 tests) 33.452014-04-01
  Clinical Chemistry Profile (11-15 tests) 41.352014-04-01
  Cytology 21.152014-04-01
  Occult Blood 10.602014-04-01
  Fecal Chemistry (trypsin, fat, starch) 21.152014-04-01
  Urinalysis 22.052014-04-01
Histopathology tests 2014-04-01
  Single Tissue Sample33.452014-04-01
  Multiple Tissue Samples (from same animal) 66.852014-04-01
Virology, serology, endocrinology, toxicology, immunohistochemistry and any other tests, the fees charged by the reference laboratory actual/actuel2012-04-01
Shipping Fee for laboratory samples 2012-04-01
  For in province, for shipments less than or equal to 2.0kg. 13.752014-04-01
  For in province, for shipments greater than 2.0kg.32.002014-04-01
  Out of province actual/actuel2005-01-01
Laboratory tests for food, fur producing and wildlife animal species 2005-01-01
Necropsy examinations (gross examinations only) 2005-01-01
  Animal weighing 50 kg or less 22.052014-04-01
  Animal weighing more than 50 kg 44.002014-04-01
  Complete necropsy examination (rate varies depending upon number and type of tests required)2014-04-01
Microbiology tests 2014-04-01
  Bacteriology single sample 7.152014-04-01
  Bacteriology multiple samples from each carcass 14.252014-04-01
  Bacterial susceptibility (per isolate) 7.152014-04-01
  Bovine milk herd culture test (including CMT, culture and susceptibility) Maximum (contact laboratory for details)219.852014-04-01
  Salmonella cultures from environmental or fluff samples 14.252014-04-01
  Mycology cultures, per sample 7.152014-04-01
Parasitology (any single test) 7.152014-04-01
Clinical pathology tests 2014-04-01
  Hematology (CBC or differential only), per sample 6.752014-04-01
  Hematology (CBC and differential), per sample 7.602014-04-01
  Hematology (CBC, Differential, Total Protein) 8.52014-04-01
  Clinical Chemistry Profile (1 to 5 tests) 8.82014-04-01
  Clinical Chemistry Profile (6 to 10 tests)15.902014-04-01
  Clinical Chemistry Profile (11 to 15 tests) 20.702014-04-01
  Cytology8.802014-04-01
  Occult Blood6.752014-04-01
  Urinalysis8.802014-04-01
Histopathology 2014-04-01
  Histopathology, single sample14.102014-04-01
  Histopathology, multiple tissue samples from same animal 28.202014-04-01
Virology2014-04-01
  Electron Microscopy21.152014-04-01
  Fluorescent Antibody Test21.152014-04-01
  Virus Isolation21.152014-04-01
  Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)21.152014-04-01
  Virus Detection (Screening) for more than 5 animals (50% of cost)50% 2009-04-01
Serology2009-04-01
  Aleutian Disease (Plasmacytosis)(50% of cost)50% 2009-04-01
  Avian ELISA Testing (50% of cost)50% 2009-04-01
  Enzootic Bovine Leukosis actual/actuel2009-04-01
  Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG)(50% of cost)50% 2009-04-01
  Mycoplasma synoviae (MS)(50% of cost)50%2009-04-01
  PRRS (ELISA)actual/actuel2009-04-01
  Other Viral Agents (single or paired serum samples)(50% of cost) 50% 2009-04-01
  Leptospira (8 serovars)(50% of cost)50% 2009-04-01
  Other Infectious Agents (single or paired serum samples)(50% of cost)50% 2009-04-01
Toxicology2009-04-01
  Heavy Metals (e.g., Cd, Cu, Pb, Hg, Se, Zn)(50% of cost)50% 2009-04-01
  Mycotoxinsactual/actuel2009-04-01
  Other Toxins (50% of cost)50% 2009-04-01
ENDOCRINOLOGYactual/actuel2009-04-01
IMMUNOHISTOCHEMISTRY (50% of cost)50% 2009-04-01
CLINICAL CHEMISTRY2009-04-01
  Bovine Metabolic Profileactual/actuel2009-04-01
OTHER TESTSactual/actuel2009-04-01
Contact Information Email Location
Fredericton