Dairy analysis

The dairy laboratory is a practice- and research-oriented service unit of the Clinic for Ruminants that cooperates closely with veterinarians, veterinary services and agriculture. The main responsibility of the dairy laboratory is to examine, analyse and scientifically evaluate dairy samples collected from Austrian farms.

By referencing clinical findings and parameters from practice in the event of positive results, comprehensive veterinary consultancy is provided to remedy problems encountered on the farm. With this practice-oriented service the dairy laboratory of the Clinic for Ruminants provides an important contribution to maintaining udder health and to producing safe food of the highest quality. 

We test your dairy samples
∙ Bacteriological testing (BU) of quarter milk samples from cows and half milk samples from sheep and goats (including cytological status, pathogen differentiation and antibiogram). (Note: The costs are covered depending on the province to varying degrees by local veterinary services)
∙ Cell count assessment in dairy
To determine the cell count, 20 ml milk are necessary, costs per sample: € 2.50,-
∙ Interpretation of results and treatment plan upon request

We conduct farm visits
To assess and maintain udder health and for mastitis prevention.
Visiting and administration costs vary between € 150 - 200. 

We help with farm remediation measures
The dairy laboratory of the Clinic for Ruminants analyses more than 7,000 dairy samples every year.  If a sample is contaminated, the respective farm is immediately notified and upon consultation with the attending farm veterinarian, treatment and remediation plans are developed. 

Why is udder health so important?
Only healthy animals supply healthy food. Mastitis is one of the most frequent diseases in dairy cattle and may result in large financial losses for agricultural farms. Maintaining animal health  - here specifically udder health –is the highest priority for our livestock herds. The combination of veterinary-clinical expertise of the dairy laboratory at the Clinic for Ruminants and analytical expertise makes an important contribution to this central issue.

Your samples are the foundation for our research
Submitted dairy samples are the foundation for our research in the field of udder health. In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies and Austrian veterinary services new treatment options are being developed 

We cooperate with competent partners
Services provided by the dairy laboratory of the Clinic for Ruminants are integrated into a comprehensive network. Cooperation initiatives with organisations, interest groups, veterinarians and veterinary services as well as the pharmaceutical industry ensure success in line with the overall objective of "animal health".

Mastitis diagnosis for patients free of charge

During the clinical examination aseptic milk samples are collected from all lactating cows to be tested in the dairy laboratory of the Clinic for their bacteriological status. Through this service – which for animal owners is free of charge – existing pathogens can be detected and by using an antibiogram they can be treated with the most appropriate antibiotics.

Blood testing

Morphological and clinical-chemical testing of blood samples including the assessment of specific parameters such as specific enzymes that indicate liver disease or trace mineral status is conducted in cooperation with the central laboratory of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. The blood test helps to confirm a suspected diagnosis (such as liver disease or a mineral metabolism disorder).

Urine analysis

Urinary tract diseases (kidney, ureter, bladder, urethra) can be diagnosed with physical and chemical urine testing. A suspected ketosis can be confirmed by determining ketone bodies in the urine. Pathogens that can for example cause a bladder infection can be detected with urine analysis. An antibiogram is used to determine the best suitable antibiotic for treatment.

Stool analysis for endoparasites

Stool analysis (in cooperation with the Institute of Parasitology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna) is used to determine and combat endoparasites such as lung worms, tapeworms and roundworms and liver flukes.