The Microbiology Unit provides a vigilant eye for disease and disease trends. We seek to maintain a strong and positive working relationship with
the veterinary profession for the good of all involved in racing and breeding. Qualified staff, with a deep understanding of the needs of the horse industry, and utilising
the latest in diagnostic technology, provide a seven day a week service to assist in the diagnosis, management and prevention of a wide variety of
bacteriological, parasitic and mycological diseases.
The Microbiology Unit analyses over 30,000 samples each year. These include analysis of biological material in
addition to food and environmental elements, in order to provide a complete picture of the welfare of the horse. Independent advice and
confidentiality, except in the case of notifiable diseases, are the cornerstones of the aftercare service that is provided by the team.
Another important function of the Microbiology Unit is the monitoring of trends and disease patterns. Experienced staff provide a seven
day a week service with the ability to help diagnose problems. Where threats arise, it is the duty of the Centre, voluntarily undertaken,
to make the equine industry aware of the danger. Where there is a serious outbreak of disease, the Microbiology Unit works to isolate the
causal agent and to assist in the management of the situation.