Contagious Equine Metritis qPCR

One day turnaround for CEM swabs

New qPCR Triple Test gives increased flexibility

The new qPCR triple test for CEM certification has been validated and included in the HBLB Code of Practice since the 2012 breeding season. JSC Equine Laboratory is pleased to be able to offer this new service straight away, giving fast, reliable results for all three of the major CEM organisms:

  • Taylorella equigenitalis (CEMO)
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Increased flexibility in planning

The new test means no more waiting for up to a week for swab results, allowing your clients more flexibility in planning their breeding activities. This is likely to be of particular benefit to owners of ‘walk-in’ mares and the AI industry.

Reliability from state-of-the-art technology

Our PCR laboratory utilises the new direct quantitative assay from leading technology company QIAGEN®. CEM organism-specific DNA and RNA is amplified to produce measurable quantities for reliable detection and offers several advantages over the traditional technique of CEM culture:

  • Fast results within 24 hours – samples received by 10 am are processed the same day.
  • Sensitivity: PCR can detect DNA from non-viable bacteria which means that you have more flexibility regarding the day you take samples. And there’s no need to worry if there’s a postal delay.
  • Accuracy: PCR can differentiate between pathological strains of organisms and environmental contaminants.

Combination packages

Triple CEM PCR can be combined with EVA and EIA serology, giving you comprehensive results in as little as 3 days.

Follow these simple steps to submit your sample:

  • Download the submission form and complete with your requirements.
  • Submerge swabs in Amies charcoal medium and package with submission form.
  • Post to JSC – We provide pre-paid postage labels… download or email for a supply.
  • JSC will run the CEM PCR on the day of receipt and email or fax through the Laboratory Certificate within 24 hours. A hard copy will follow by first class post.

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JSC Equine Laboratory is a VLA and BEVA Registered Laboratory, specialising in the equine industry. It offers a national service for equine diagnostic and fitness tests.

Download the PDF Brochure for this service