Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV)
Swans Veterinary Services provides specialised Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) testing and consultancy for veterinarians and producers throughout Australia. In 2006 we established the first commercially available laboratory for the diagnosis of animals Persistently Infected (PI) with the BVDV virus utilising easily harvested ear notch tissue.
Dr Enoch Bergman imported and set up the purpose built laboratory after failing to find anyone in Australia willing to offer the service. Whilst the initial goal was to provide testing for the Swans clientele, it soon became evident that the service would be useful to other veterinarians. Swans now consults to and tests for vets all over Australia in beef, dairy and the feedlotting industries and is Australia’s primary provider of BVDV ear notch testing.
In 2009 we began offering Bulk Milk Tank BVDV Antibody Testing. This assay has proven a powerful tool for many of our dairy veterinary clients. The Bulk Tank test can be used either to guide veterinarians and producers when setting up control programs in dairies or to provide ongoing surveillance for reintroduction to dairies.
We can provide purpose built testing kits for submission of samples to our laboratory including inexpensive freighting arrangements. Once samples arrive at our laboratory, ear notch samples are tested the following day, with results usually 24 to 48 hours after delivery. Bulk Milk Tank Antibody samples are tested and reported twice a week.
The laboratory was initially managed by Enoch and part time technicians. As the laboratory became busier, we were able to employ full time staff to manage the laboratory. Our laboratory staff are available daily in the lab for any queries for anything BVD related.
The Swans Veterinary Services BVDV Laboratory strives to continually improve upon the services we offer. We appreciate feedback from our existing clients and welcome new clients to try our service.
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