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Quality Assurance Unit - Scheme Details

PT Number
Scheme title
Small Animal Microbiology
Suitable testing methods

Various culture and isolation methods and these may include additional confirmatory tests.

Participants will be given clinical information about the sample, as would happen with most usual sample submissions to a laboratory. Using normal routine procedures the participants will make their choice of tests to try to determine the organisms present.

Reporting format

Please record any pathogen found in the Intended Pathogen box. Sensitivity tests should be carried out on the pathogen. Antibiotics to which the pathogen is sensitive should be recorded.  Where other organisms are isolated, these can be entered in the other organisms found boxes but sensitivity tests should not be carried out on these organisms.

The final report will be issued electronically. These will show the intended pathogen and other organisms isolated, as well as the results from all other participants.

Results to be returned within
21 days
Number of samples in each distribution


Sample Type

Simulated clinical specimen 0.1mL freeze dried sample in glass vial. Samples may contain pathogenic and non pathogenic organisms. The organisms will be either reference or field strains.

Packaging and transport details

UN3373 – Biological substance category B. Courier delivery required which will incur additional charges. Please contact the QA unit for details.

Number of distributions per year
Accreditation status
ISO/IEC 17043: 2010 Conformity assessment General requirements for proficiency testing.
Date scheme started

This scheme will contain the most common sample types likely to be encountered in a laboratory dealing with submissions from companion animal (mostly canine and feline) clinical practice. The most commonly isolated organisms will be included.  From time to time less common organisms will also be included.

In some laboratories, Veterinary comments on laboratory results can be part of the reporting process, especially when deciding whether or not an organism is considered a pathogen and the implications for diagnosis and any suggested treatment.

In the case of this PT scheme, Veterinarians are able to make their comments in the comments box on the result entry sheets, however these comments are not considered as part of the PT scheme and will not be assessed.

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