We’ve got your aquatic testing covered

Gribbles Veterinary now have a wide range of salmon tests available across haematology, biochemistry, coagulation, serology, endocrinology and histology.

Over the past four years Gribbles Veterinary have been working with Cawthron Institute researchers on a project to determine the normal biochemistry and haematology reference intervals for NZ Chinook Salmon. This diagnostic work was conducted at our Christchurch laboratory by our highly skilled core laboratory team, led by Robyn Winters.

Now that this project has been published, salmonid vets and producers can use these reference intervals to compare against their moribund fish diagnostics. Gribbles Veterinary has a number of Pathologists with a special interest in fish across both anatomic pathology and clinical pathology. The Gribbles Christchurch team have subsequently started applying their aquatic diagnostic skills to a wider range of commercial aquaculture species.

The tests used in the study are all available on our new aquatic submission form.

We love to help and are always delighted to teach sample preparation skills and making the perfect blood smear. So if you would like a visit from us in the field please just contact us at Christchurch.vetlab@gribbles.co.nz.

Reference: Casanovas P et al. Comparative assessment of blood biochemistry and haematology normal ranges between Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) from seawater and freshwater farms. Aquaculture, 537: 2021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2021.736464