Mycobacterial detection service


Using our proprietary phage-based detection systems we are able to accurately detect low levels of mycobacteria in diverse animal tissues and food substrates at high levels of sensitivity and specificity.

Our diagnostic services are operated through our microbiology laboratory at the University of Nottingham.

Mycobacterial Species

The technology is able to detect the majority of mycobacterial species and has been successfully applied to samples from multiple animal origins including cattle, sheep, camelids and other exotic species. While the majority of analyses are carried out to detect the presence of M. avium, M. bovis and M.paratuberculosis, if you suspect the presence of other mycobacterial species then please indicate this on the test request form and we will confirm whether we are able to detect this.

Ordering process

The mycobacterial detection service operates on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with results reported no later than 48 hours from sample receipt. In situations where more urgent results are required we are also able to offer our new 6-hour test if required.

The majority of investigations are carried out on milk and blood samples but other tissues can also be assessed if required.

In order to request sample testing please first register your contact details using the register button below. Once registered then click on the test request button and we will provide test request orms, instructions for sample collection and transportation labels

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