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New England Horse labs, an equine testing facility, is located in Worcester, Massachusetts.
New England Horse labs, an equine testing facility, is located in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Equine Veterinary Histopathology

For all of the equine veterinarians out there, here is an excellent website that can be used to search for various pathological conditions in the equine. If ever any of these conditions require surgery, remember, New England Horse Labs offers histopathology evaluations on any equine specimen. All specimens are diagnosed by a board certified veterinary pathologist and our fees are dramatically lower than what our major competitors charge.
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Coggins testing in Massachusetts

New England Horse Labs is one of only a few labs in New England that is licensed by APHIS-USDA to perform Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) testing. Testing is performed by the highly sensitive ELISA method which also means results in a half hour. Our prices remain at $5.95 per sample. Please visit our website for details.
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Positive CEM found in California

February, 2013 - The USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed that a Lusitano mare on a south-central California premises was positive for Taylorella equigenitalis, the bacterium that causes contagious equine metritis (CEM). The NVSL has also determined that the strain of the bacterium does not match any T. equigenitalis strains ever found in the United States, indicating this case is not related to any previous U.S. cases of CEM. The positive mare is now undergoing antibiotic treatment for T. equigenitalis.

A thorough epidemiologic and diagnostic investigation of this case is underway. The positive mare was imported as a foal from a country not known to be affected by CEM and no horses outside of California are currently known to have been exposed to the positive mare. All exposed horses identified in the investigation will complete a testing and treatment protocol to determine their CEM status. New England Horse Labs is the only laboratory within New England that is certified by the USDA-APHIS to perform CEM testing.
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NEHL reduces its EIA (Coggins) testing prices

New England Horse Labs has announced that they have reduced the price of their Coggins testing to $5.95 per test. This discounted rate is in effect immediately and will continue throughout the year. This price is for the highly sensitive and rapid ELISA testing method and not the more subjective, 24-hour AGID technique.
NEHL is a registered Lab for both the Global Vet Link as well as the USDA’s VSPS reporting system. For those who still use the government’s form 10-11, we will upload a copy of the signed report to your secure on-line site for easy access and printouts 24-7.
Cantact us today to see what others tests we can offer you!
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The Importance and Reasoning for Equine Fecal Egg Count Exams

The fecal egg count exam is an important tool veterinarians use to determine parasitic infections in horses. A fecal egg count exam is a simple, fairly inexpensive test that provides information about a horse’s health and if the present deworming program is effective.

When a veterinarian orders a fecal egg count exam, they are looking for intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites reproduce by laying eggs which pass through the horse’s gastrointestinal system via feces. If there are eggs in the feces, then there are living adult parasites somewhere within the horse’s intestines.

A typical fecal test will report on two important findings:

Are there any eggs in the feces?

If there are, what is the type of parasite laying the eggs (strongyle, roundworm, whipworm, tapeworm, pinworm) and how many eggs are there, reported as “eggs per gram” (or EPG).

Traditionally, a horse with more than 200 eggs per gram of feces would be considered a candidate for deworming treatment (although this range can vary between veterinarians). Some horses may require as few as two deworming cycles per year while others may require five or more. Appropriate deworming products to use may vary from horse to horse, farm to farm and veterinarian to veterinarian.

For reporting on fecal parasitic egg burden in equines, New England Horse Labs offers two types of fecal exams: Qualitative and Quantitative. In our experience, the qualitative (modified Wisconsin) analysis is more precise for finding and identifying eggs in low-burdened animals, thus, reducing the number of false-negatives. The quantitative (McMaster’s) analysis is valuable for establishing a baseline and for monitoring any patient on a deworming program.
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