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Who are we?
St David’s Laboratory Services Ltd is a relatively new Avian Serology Laboratory which opened in August 2011 and is based at Dungannon, County Tyrone. We offer a valuable support service to poultry vets and poultry producers across the UK and Ireland.
What we do
The laboratory carries out a range of services including avian serology, PCR and water testing.
Initially the laboratory processed approximately 200,000 tests per year which has now increased to over 500,000.
On 22nd November 2012 St David’s Laboratory Services Ltd was granted ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Accreditation is a formal recognition of the laboratory’s competence to perform specific tests (serological testing of poultry blood samples) by UKAS. This was granted after the laboratory had been assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate its competence, impartiality and performance capability. Please click on the following link to view the UKAS Schedule (No.7617).
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WaterFor full potable (drinking quality water) i.e. Borehole you are required to take a 20ml sample. If taking from a tap or stopcock, remember, if it has not been opened for some time there will be a build up of bacteria present that can affect your results. Therefore, clean around the tap or stopcock, heat if possible or wipe with alcohol wipe. Allow the water to run for 1-2 minutes. Fill a sterile container to within 1cm of top. Label container and send to laboratory immediately for testing, packaged correctly to avoid any leakages. Clean around the end drinker line or nipple with an alcohol wipe. Remove bung from end of line, pipe or nipple. Run water into a bucket for 1-2 minutes and discard. Fill up sample container and then send to the laboratory immediately.
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SerologyWhen taking your blood samples, they should ideally be at least 2ml (i.e 3/4 full) to enable adequate separation of serum back at the laboratory. Allow samples to clot at room temperature. Ensure that the lids are fitted securely. All PCR, Water and blood samples submitted to the laboratory must be labelled correctly and match the details on the accompanying submission form.
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Margaret Hardy DVet Med MRCVS
UKAS is recognised by government, to assess against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these evaluators. UKAS accreditation means the evaluator can demonstrate to its customer that it has been successful at meeting the requirements of international accreditation standards. Visit the UKAS website for more information.
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) aims to promote sustainable economic growth and the development of the countryside. The Department assists the competitive development of the agri-food, fishing and forestry sectors of the Northern Ireland economy, having regard for the need of the consumers, the welfare of animals and the conservation and enhancement of the environment.
20 Roskeen Road,
Tel: 028 87722907
Fax: 02887 725097