The biochemistry department is fully equipped to meet the diagnostic requirements of the equine veterinary profession. Automated analysers provide fast, accurate, quality-controlled biochemistry and endocrinology results with reference ranges.

The laboratory offers individual tests including quantitative IgG and protein electrophoresis, as well as comprehensive profiles, including liver and kidney, which can be tailored to meet your needs. Results are normally available on the same day if the sample is received by 12 noon.

The NEH laboratory are pleased to offer progesterone, ACTH* and insulin levels. These tests are run on an Immulite 2000, which provides accurate, same day results.

For further information, please contact the laboratory.


Sample Submission Documents

At the Newmarket Equine Hospital Laboratory, we work hard to give high quality results to aid diagnosis. In order to help us minimise non-diagnostic submissions here are a few helpful tips:


  • Genital swabs for CEM need to arrive at the laboratory with 48 hours of being taken, be aware that delays in postage e.g. over the weekend could mean the swab arrives too late for culture. In this case guaranteed next day delivery or courier is advised.
  • When submitting EDTA blood it may be useful to provide a blood smear in case the cells are degenerated by the time they reach the laboratory.
  • Faecal pathogens are often shed intermittently, therefore we suggest that submitting a pooled sample collected over 3 days will produce more reliable results.
  • When submitting fluids for cytological examination it is preferable to send them in an EDTA tube. If culture is also needed a plain sterile container is required.
  • When submitting a sample for ACTH or Glucose the samples should be chilled within 3 hours of being taken. The plasma needs to be separated by centrifugation or gravity. The plasma should then be sent to the laboratory with icepacks as soon as possible.

Links for submission forms:

Multiple samples

Haematology & Biochemistry




The laboratory’s haematology analysers carry equine veterinary software and provide fast and accurate results on EDTA bloods. Results may reveal abnormalities suggesting anaemia, haemoconcentration, bacterial or viral infections and parasitic or allergic conditions. Results are normally available on the same day if the sample is received by 12 noon.

For further information, please contact the laboratory.



The laboratory offers fast and accurate screening for EVA and EIA by ELISA. These tests are run daily at the height of the breeding season and run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday thereafter.

For further information, please contact the laboratory.



The laboratory test for a range of bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens. Swabs taken for culture should be taken into Amies charcoal transport medium (ACTM). In the case of genital swabs the sample should arrive at the laboratory within 48 hours of being taken. Faecal and fluid samples should be collected in sterile containers. Blood culture media is available on request.

Genital swabs are routinely cultured for Taylorella equigenitalis, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. All Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates will be typed by the Quellung method to ascertain pathogenicity. PCR testing is available giving results for Taylorella equigenitalis, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa within 24 hours of receipt. Both culture and PCR methods are registered with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Laboratory Registration scheme and official BEVA certificates are issued promptly.

Routine bacteriology samples such as swabs and body fluids will be cultured under aerobic, microaerophilic and anaerobic conditions as appropriate. Antibiotic sensitivity testing is performed where potential pathogens are isolated. Results are generally ready in 48 hours of receipt of sample. Cytology will be carried out on appropriate samples such as tracheal washes, joint fluids and cervical smears.

For further information, please contact the laboratory.

A state-of-the-art on-site facility

A team of highly qualified and experienced staff operate Newmarket Equine Hospital Laboratory, a state-of-the-art on-site facility equipped with the latest technology, specifically designed to meet the diagnostic requirements of the equine veterinary profession.

The laboratory participates in a number of internal and external quality assurance schemes and is registered with the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) for CEM testing by both culture and PCR.

The Laboratory provides a fast, accurate and reliable service which is available to veterinary professional across the U.K. and Europe. Samples are also welcomed directly from the clients provided they have previously contacted the laboratory to confirm details of the sample and test required.

Details of the comprehensive range of tests on offer are available on this website, downloadable submission forms and postage labels are accessible in the Documents tab. If you require a price list, please contact the laboratory and one will be promptly emailed to you.

Interpretation of results by the clinician is offered free of charge. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our vets for further discussion, alternatively contact Mark Hillyer BVSc PhD DipECEIM MRCVS (European specialist in equine internal medicine) via the referrals office for detailed clinical interpretation.

Visitors & Vet Students

NEH welcomes visitors to the hospital. For veterinary students we offer hospital based externships, or the opportunity to ‘see practice’


Newmarket Equine Hospital hosts CPD courses for veterinarians, ranging from core skills courses for recent graduates, through to advanced courses


NEH is the largest and most modern equine hospital in Europe. Completed in September 2008, the hospital is a purpose