|Sample Requirement||Turnaround Time|
Genital swabs (see below)
1-2 working days
Rossdales Laboratories is an approved testing laboratory for Taylorella equigenitalis, Klebsiella pneumonia and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, both by culture and qPCR, under the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) Codes of Practice scheme.
We offer a multiplex TKP PCR assay for the rapid detection of Taylorella equigenitalis, Klebsiella pneumonia and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. PCR positive Pseudomonas and Klebsiella samples may require subsequent culture (included within the PCR fee) and Klebsiella capsule typing if indicated (additional charge).
For mares there are two types of swab. A clitoral swab taken from two sites; the clitoral fossa and the clitoral sinuses, at any point during the reproduction cycle to demonstrate whether these sites are free from infection. An endometrial swab taken during oestrus from the lining of the uterus via the open cervix to demonstrate whether the uterus is free from infection.
Stallion swabs should be taken from three sites; the urethra, urethral fossa and penile sheath, plus pre-ejaculatory fluid when possible. Separate swabs should be used for each site.
Swabs should be submitted in Amies Charcoal Transport medium (which must be within the expiry date). The swabs should be labelled with the date and time they were taken along with the horse's name and the site of swabbing.
For more information please consult the HBLB Code of Practice.