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Veterinary Serum & Tissue

Lab tests

Minerals play a substantial role in animal health and nutrition. Macro minerals (or major nutrients) are required in larger amounts (e.g. Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium) and micro (or trace elements) minerals are required in smaller amounts but are still essential for the animal's health and development (e.g. Selenium, Copper, Cobalt). The nutritional quality of pasture, forage and diet plays a major role in the health and reproduction of animals. 

Mineral deficiencies / excesses can be encountered in animals resulting in loss of production, poor health, reduced growth rate, possible death and loss of profit. It is also important to remember that many minerals can act antagonistically against the absorption of other minerals.

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How to Send Samples

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Please submit to the appropriate Veterinary Centre using a  Farm Animal submission form. For English and Welsh clients please submit to Edinburgh Veterinary Centre. Contact and address details of Veterinary Centres

Veterinary serum and tissue tests offered include:

  • Serum - Cu (minimum 0.5ml Sample)
  • Serum Zn - (Minimum 0.5ml Sample, no Rubber Components or Gel)
  • Blood - Cu (Minimum 5ml sample)
  • Serum / Blood - SE (Minimum 5ml Sample)
  • Tissue - SE (Minimum 5g Sample)
  • Tissue - Cu (Minimum 5g Sample)
  • Tissue - Pb (Minimum 5g Sample)
  • Bone - Ca:Mg Ratio
  • Bone - ASH, Ca, P
  • Serum - Pepsinogen (Minimum 0.5ml Sample)
  • Serum - Vitamin A (Minimum 0.5ml Sample)
  • Serum - Vitamin E (Minimum 0.5ml Sample)
  • Tissue - Vitamin A (Minimum 1g Sample)
  • Tissue - Vitamin E (Minimum 1g Sample)
  • Calculus Analysis (Dry Calculus)
  • Tissue - Hg (Minimum 5g Sample)
  • Tissue - As (Minimum 5g Sample)


Analytical Services Department

Central Analytical Laboratory

Address: SRUC Veterinary Services, Pentland Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian, EH26 0PZ

Telephone: 0131 535 3170

Fax: 0131 535 3171


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