Production Animals

ACE Laboratory Services offers a wide range of diagnostic testing for the production industry.

Clinical Microbiology

ACE Laboratory Services is NATA accredited for veterinary microbiological testing; the laboratory participates in external proficiency testing for veterinary microbiology as well as completing in house quality control.

A full veterinary microbiology service is available for companion animals, horses, production animals and wildlife. ACE uses traditional microbiology techniques as well as PCR and mass spectrometry for the identification of bacteria.

Environmental monitoring and Herd Health screening.

At ACE we can work with producers to establish environmental monitoring programs to identify areas of improvement. Programs can involve regular sampling from animals or the farm environment which gives farmers and or vets the ability to trend results over time.

Molecular Biology

ACE Laboratory Services uses both traditional PCR and real-time PCR; currently both commercially available test kits and in house developed test are being used. The test we currently offer inlcude:

  • C. hepaticus (Spotty Liver)
  • M. gallisepticum, M. synoviae (MgMs)
  • Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV)
  • Salmonella Tyhpimurium
  • Pasturella mutlocida (Fowl Cholera) – spp and typing
  • Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (APP) – spp and typing (serovars)
  • Brachyspira spp
  • Brachyspira typing – B.hyodysenteriae/pilosicoli
  • E.coli Toxin PCR
  • Erysipelothrix spp/rhusiopathiae
  • G. parasuis (H.parasuis / Glassers Disease)
  • Lawsonia intracellularis (Ileitis)
  • Mycoplasma spp
  • M. hyopneumoniae
  • M. hyorhinis
  • M. hyosynoviae
  • P. multocida spp and typing (LPS groups)
  • Porcine Parvo virus (PPV)
  • Porcine Circovirus 2 (PCV2) – Pos/Neg and Quantitation
  •  Bluetongue Virus (BTV) – OIE method
  • Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV) (Pestivirus)
  • Campylobacter fetus venerealis ISCfe Insertion sequence
  • Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) – (Bovine herpes virus)
  • Johne’s Disease (JD) – M. paratuberculosis
  • Leptospira spp/pomona/hardjo
  • Ruminant Abortion package – (Salmonella spp., L. monocytogenes, C. burnetii, Chlamydophila spp., Leptospira pathogenes, Bovine Herpesvirus 4 (BHV-4), C.fetus, A. phagocytophilum)
  • Ruminant Respiratory package – Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Coronavirus spp., Parainfluenza (P13), M. haemolytica, Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR), H. somni, P. multocida, M. bovis)
  • Tritrichomonas foetus
  • Streptococcus equi (Strangles)
  • Lawsonia intracellularis (Ileitis)
  • Campylobacter spp multiplex – Campylobacter coli, lari and jejuni
  • Erysipelothrix spp/rhusiopathiae
  • Mycoplasma Spp
  • Salmonella Typhimurium
  • Salmonella spp

ACE is enrolled to participate in international proficiency testing and completes internal quality control to ensure high standards are kept and ensuring ACE’s results are comparable on an international level.


ACE Laboratory Services offers routine serology testing using commercial diagnostic ELISA kits, RSAT, HI and in-house developed tests.  If a specific serology test is required, but not commercially available, we can be contracted to develop serology tests. We are currently offering the following testing:

  • Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) RSAT
  • Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) RSAT
  • Salmonella pullorum (SP) RSAT
  • Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV) antibody HI
  • Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV) ELISA
  • Egg Drop Syndrome (EDS) antibody HI
  • Egg Drop Syndrome (EDS) ELISA
  • Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) antibody ELISA
  • Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD) antibody ELISA
  • Chicken Anaemia Virus (CAV) Antibody ELISA
  • Avian Encephalomyelitis Virus (AEV) ELISA
  • Fowl Adenovirus (FAV) ELISA
  • ILT Antibody ELISA
  • Pasteurella Multocida ELISA
  • Mycoplasma gallisepticum (MG) ELISA
  • Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) ELISA
  • MG / MS Combination ELISA
  • Salmonella SE/ST ELISA Grp B&D
  • Salmonella Group B ELISA
  • Salmonella Group D ELISA
  • Avian Influenza ELISA
  • Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae ELISA
  • APP (Apx IV)
  • APP Screening ELISA
  • Ileitis ELISA
  • G. parasuis ELISA
  • B. ovis CFT
  • B. ovis ELISA
  • Bovine JD ELISA
  • Caprine JD ELISA
  • Toxoplasma
  • Campylobacter SAT (C. fetus fetus and C. jejuni)
  • Pestivirus Antigen Capture ELISA
  • BVD Antibody
  • Bovine Pregnancy (PAG) ELISA
  • Akabane ELISA
  • Chlamydia ELISA
  • Chlamydia CFT

If you require a large volume of test completed, please contact the laboratory for a quote.We participate in external national and international proficiency testing whilst continuing to perform internal quality control testing.

Other Diagnostic Services

At ACE Laboratory Services we offer a variety of other diagnostic testing for the production industry including:

Biochemistry and Haematology

We currently offer several packages for biochemistry and haematology for production animals, however our testing capabilities are not limited to these packages and we are able to custom design a package suited to your requirements.

Our standard packages include:

Package nameTests included
Complete Avian body functionTotal Protein, Albumin, Globulin, Glucose, Urea, Uric acid, AST, CK, GLDH, Bile Acids, Calcium, cholesterol, amylase and full hematology: PCV, WCC & differential and assessment of RBC & WBC morphology.
Basic Avian body functionPCV, Plasma, Protein, Uric acid, CK and WCC differential
Sick Pig ProfileTotal protein, Albumin, Globulin, A/G ratio, Creatinine, Urea, Total bilirubin, GGT, GLDH, CK, B-OH Butyrate, Magnesium, Phosphate, Fibrinogen and Haemogram
Metabolic Profile (Cattle)Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphate, B-OH Butyrate, CK
Downer CowCalcium, Magnesium, Phosphate, Urea, Creatinine, AST, CK Fibrinogen and Haemogram
Sick Ruminant ProfileTotal protein, Albumin, Globulin, A/G, CK, Calcium, Creatinine, Urea, Total Bilirubin, GGT, GLDH, B-OH Butyrate, Phosphate, Fibrinogen and Haemogram

Parasitology / Faecal Packages

We perform a large variety of parasitology testing in house, this testing includes but is not limited to:

  • Faecal egg counts
  • Fluke Counts
  • Coccidia counts
  • Cryptosporidium

We also offer testing packages for faecal samples including:

  • Canine Scour packages
  • Feline Scour packages
  • Calf Scour packages
  • Piglet Scour package

Histopathology / Cytology

The histopathology and cytology samples are looked at by our board-certified pathologist who has extensive experience in veterinary pathology.

For an extensive list of the testing offered by ACE Laboratory Services please contact the laboratory for a price list.