At Abbey we offer an extremely cost effective microbiology service, but, importantly, we do so without compromising the quality or turn-around time of the results.  Our reports carry interpretive comments, when appropriate, and, because microbiology testing can be run in conjunction with our well-established diagnostic histopathology and cytology service, the true significance of the isolates can often be determined.

All microbiology submissions are considered on a case-by case-basis, applying the principles of ‘systematic microbiology’, wherein cultures for those particular pathogens that may be associated with a specific site or clinical presentation are routinely sought at no additional cost to our clients.  We believe this provides the most comprehensive and cost effective microbiology service available. 

What do We offer?

Microbiological Culture

Routine culture of swabs, tissues, fluids, washes, etc ., for ALL organisms of veterinary importance, including the higher bacteria (Actinomyces, Nocardia, Streptomyces & Mycobacteria spp.), Mycoplasma, dermatophyte and other fungi (e.g. Aspergillus spp.), anaerobes,  lipophilic and lipid-dependent Malassezia spp., etc.  In a great number of instances (depending upon the site sampled and the history provided) all of this is included in the initial ‘culture & sensitivity’ request, thereby incurring no additional charges.








(1) Meticillin resistance screening in staph. isolates showing two putative MRSA (blue) and one MRSP (white).

(2 & 3) Positive D-test in a strain of Staphylococcus aureus, and negative D-test in a strain of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, both isolated from the a tissue biopsy from the same animal (canine).  This test detects the presence of a gene encoding for inducible resistance to clindamycin, and is performed on all staphylococal isolates.  A positive result suggests clindamycin should not be used for in-vivo therapy, despite apparent in-vitro susceptiblity to that agent








(4) Trichophyton mentagrophytes (obverse and reverse of colonies), a dermatophyte ('ringworm') fungus.

(5 & 6) ESBL screening in multi-resistant Escherichia coli (5) ESBL-negative strain and (6) CTX-M type ESBL-producing strain. Detection is based on clavulanate augmentation of suceptibility to third and fourth generation cephalsporins.

All isolates are routinely screened to determine whether they may be multi-antimicrobial resistant bacteria, such as meticillin-resistant staphylococci (of all species, including MRSA and MRSP), Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase (ESBL)-producing coliforms, Vancomycin-resistant enterococci etc.

We are also actively engaged in a number of studies, the findings of which are regularly presented at scientific meetings, or published in the scientific press.

Full urinalysis

Culture & direct sensitivity testing, microscopy, USG, dipstick analysis, myoglobin, cytology, calculus analysis, etc.

Full faecal analysis

Analysis for ova, cysts and parasites, enteric pathogens (Salmonella, Campylobacter, Yersinia spp., etc), Baermann’s examination for Metastronglye larvae, toxin testing in Clostridium spp. etc.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your specific testing requirements further, or to request our comprehensive, cost-effective price list.