Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in animals and humans is a concern. The zoonotic transmission from various animal species is a concern for animal care staff. Be sure to rule out any suspicious infection with the bundled MRSA test, which includes: MRSA culture MRSA PCR Aerobic Sensitivity Microbiome studies have opened a new door to the research of diabetes and possibilities for its treatment. At VRL, we've put together bundle parameters to specifically address the need for your diabetes research. VRL also offers a series of alternatives to help you in your diabetes research, whether for screening purposes or for determining the effect of your research in the [...]
Dennis Pitts, newly appointed president of VRL Laboratories, announced record-breaking growth in the first 9 months of 2019. According to Mr. Pitts, VRL has seen growth trends of nearly 28% in both non-human and rodent testing divisions. He credits this growth to VRL’s increased presence in the marketplace including developing new products like a sample collection method along with services geared to meet the ever-changing customer needs of quick turnaround times combined with convenience. According to Pitts, “as an independent laboratory, we strive to maintain the high-standards necessary in our business in providing objective analytical data. This goes beyond just having degreed personnel with the right certifications and [...]
Ron Berger, founder and president of VRL Laboratories recently named Dennis Pitts to succeed him. Mr. Berger will step into the Chairman’s role and leave day-to-day operations to Pitts while focusing on related business activities. Pitts, currently Director of Business Development and Marketing joined VRL two years ago after working with VRL as an outside consultant focusing on sales and growth strategies. Berger commented that, “Pitts’ scientific background combined with his marketing expertise has given VRL a strong vision for moving forward in the competitive area of animal diagnostic testing.” Pitts had stints as Director of Business Development at SNBL USA and Non-human Primate Manager at [...]
Many systems now utilize exhaust filters from entire rack systems to capture particulates from animal cages. VRL would like you to know that with our Rodent Rack Plenum Testing (RRPT) we can detect any potential harmful organisms present on your filter. All this without the need for sentinel animals! Not only that, but you can be confident in the diagnostic testing services performed, and the results provided. Plenum testing offers all these advantages: Commit your research institution to the 3 R’s; Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement Sound Data to add to your Health Monitoring Program Ease of Sample Collection & Fast Results Talk with one of our scientists to see how RRPT can benefit [...]
We’re happy to announce that VRL will be attending this years AALAS Meeting in Denver, Colorado! The meeting will be held at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. Denver, CO., U.S. from October 13-17, 2019. Stop by Booth #315 to learn why VRL has become a proven leader of diagnostic testing services worldwide. Learn more about the meeting here.
You don’t have to be a big fish to conquer an ocean of challenges.Safeguard your aquatic colonies and your research from unwanted harmful viruses and bacteria. Get your Zebrafish the health checkup they need from one of the world’s leading experts in animal health monitoring at VRL Laboratories. VRL offers all these advantages: Real-time PCR advantage Comprehensive microbiology Knowledgeable experts in aquatics Necropsy and pathology services available Environmental water testing And remember, VRL does more than just provide you with a test result, we can help you with preventative and QC designs, understanding results and investigating the core issue. Contact us to learn more.
New viruses have recently been discovered, affecting both rats and mice. Both can lead to disease and death in immunodeficient rodents. Don’t compromise your research due to new, prevalent viruses. Mouse Kidney Parvovirus (aka Murine Chappapovirus) is a recently discovered parvovirus, divergent from MMV and MPV, affecting the kidneys of immunocompromised mice. MKPV has a prevalence of >5% in research institutions, with a higher prevalence in wild mice. Clinical manifestations include elevated creatinine and BUN, kidney fibrosis and necrosis. MKPV Is transmitted via direct contact, bedding, feces and urine. Several sample types are acceptable for testing: fecal pellets, environmental samples, mouse tissues, cell lines and tumors. Rat Polyoma virus is [...]
The World Health Organization has recently declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. What does this mean for you? It means that if you’re importing non-human primates from Africa or elsewhere, you may be subject to new regulations. If these new regulations require testing for Ebola, VRL is there for you. VRL can test for the following Ebola species: Filovirus-EBOLA (Reston) Filovirus-Ebola (Sudan) Filovirus-Ebola (Zaire) Filovirus-Ebola (Zaire/Sudan/Reston) Filovirus-Ebola (Zaire/Sudan/Reston) & Marburg (Musokie) We also have a PCR test, Filovirus-RT-PCR Contact VRL today for your Ebola testing needs, and learn more about Ebola here.
We would like to introduce Erin McCalla, as our newest Sales Manager. Erin comes to us with 9 years of experience in Sales and Laboratory Animal Research. Erin has an extensive knowledge base from starting her career as an Animal Care Technician and working her way up through the industry with stops along the way in CDC Quarantine, Veterinary Services, Colony Management, and Client Relations/Sales. Erin possesses leadership, problem solving, and communication skills that we know will be instrumental in assisting you with all of your current and future projects. She will be attending National AALAS in October, so please stop by and get to know her [...]
VRL Laboratories will be attending the 2019 CALAS/ACSAL Annual Symposium May 25-28, at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Booth #41. We’ll also be attending the 2019 FELASA 14th Congress June 10-13, at the Prague Congress Centre, Booth #B36. Stop by our booth to learn how VRL provides the best diagnostic services available.