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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 field. when other organisms are isolated, these can be entered in the other organisms field.

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 10mg 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 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 add their comments in the comments field when reporting results, however these comments are not considered as part of the PT scheme and will not be assessed.

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