The laboratory will be closed from Friday 21st December 2018 until Tuesday 2nd January 2019. No samples will be accepted during this period.

Equine biopsy samples received 18th - 21st December and small animal biopsy samples received 13th - 21st December will be reported on after 2nd January 2019. PSSM test requests received 14th - 21st December will be reported on after 2nd January 2019. Serum samples for HGA & MCPA received before 20th December will be reported within the 48-72 hour turnaround time however samples received after this date may not be reported until after 2nd January. Expedited plant samples must be received by us by 19th December in order to be reported within the turnaround time. All other plant samples and samples received after this time will be stored and run in January.

The Comparative Neuromuscular Diseases Laboratory was established in 2005 and has fast become one of the leading specialist veterinary neuromuscular disease laboratories in Europe. Using a variety of molecular and cellular techniques, the group's principal aims are to investigate the aetiology, pathogenesis and treatment of neuromuscular diseases in animals (particularly veterinary patients) and humans. In addition, the laboratory offers a comprehensive muscle and nerve histopathology biopsy service for veterinary surgeons across the UK and Europe.

The group is led by Professor Richard Piercy and has strong ties with other research groups and the clinical hospitals at the Royal Veterinary College and with the Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre and the Institute of Neurology at University College London.

A quad labelled immunohistochemistry image of horse semitendinosus muscle

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