The Provincial Veterinary Laboratory at Helderfontein, Stellenbosch renders an extensive diagnostic service to the livestock, poultry, ostrich and aquaculture industries and a supporting service to other provincial and national Departments.
A wide spectrum of tests is conducted in the bacteriology, virology, parasitology and biochemistry sections of the laboratory. The laboratory has implemented a computerized laboratory information system (LIMS) that will greatly enhance the capturing and availability of data on all the functions performed. A satellite veterinary laboratory at Beaufort West also renders an extensive diagnostic service within the Karoo region.
The Provincial laboratory is in the process of obtaining ISO 17025 accreditation. This will facilitate international recognition and the maintenance of a high standard of service delivery.
Samples sent to the Veterinary Laboratory for testing must be accompanied by a registration form, which can be obtained at the laboratory, or downloaded below: