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Get parasite control wrapped up for 2018!
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Get parasite control wrapped up for 2018!

with our early bird offer on counts and tests

Get parasite control wrapped up for the year ahead! For a limited time only we’re offering fantastic early bird discounts on our 4count and 4count PLUS packs of worm counts and tests.

New Year New Start? We're recruiting for an Assistant Lab Technician
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New Year New Start? We're recruiting for an Assistant Lab Technician

We're recruiting for an Assistant Lab Technician

Are you practical, hardworking and interested in animal health? We’re looking for a reliable person with an eye for detail to join our friendly laboratory team. No previous experience is necessary as full job training will be given, just a willingness to learn and a proactive and enthusiastic approach to work is required.

Opening times over Christmas & New Year 2017
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Opening times over Christmas & New Year 2017

Christmas & New Year 2017

If you are sending samples in for testing, please note that our last full day in the lab before Christmas will be Friday 22nd December. We'll then be operating with skeleton staff in the lab & office on the days there is a post to ensure all lab work is completed and results are returned - namely Saturday 23rd December, Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of December, reopening fully on the 2nd of January 2018.

Treat & Resistance Test for Encysted small redworm
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Treat & Resistance Test for Encysted small redworm

This winter

We are again offering our popular winter resistance test, available at a reduced price of £5 December - February inclusive, aiming to target the treatment of small redworm. The winter 2017/18 offer encourages horse owners to conduct a worm egg count, treat for the potentially fatal encysted stages of small redworm and to test any positive horses again to ensure that their worming programmes are working.

Winter Parasite Control
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Winter Parasite Control

Worm for encysted redworm, test for resistant worms

Regular worm counts monitor adult redworm and roundworm burdens and the EquiSal saliva test detects tapeworm. There is however one dangerous parasitic stage of the small redworm that we can’t test for (yet!). Instead we need to treat for this and we can also use this opportunity to test to ensure our worming has been effective.

Are your worming drugs working?
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Are your worming drugs working?

There’s a simple way to find out.

It’s easy to keep on worming our horses in the belief that the drugs are killing the parasites and all is well. But how do we know they are working? What if some worms have become resistant and are slowly breeding a population of parasites on your grazing land that are untouchable by chemicals? The good news is that we can test to see how effective the drugs have been and Westgate Labs is stepping in to make this as easy as possible for horse owners.

Autumn Parasite control
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Autumn Parasite control

time to test for tapeworm, redworm and roundworm

Autumn is traditionally a time for proactive parasite control in horses. We are told it's tapeworm time and have also traditionally given a dose for encysted redworm at this time. But wait!

Looks can be deceptive!
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Looks can be deceptive!

Calculating weight estimates in horses

Being able to accurately assess the weight of an animal is important for many reasons, particularly for calculating medication quantities such as wormers and in aiding dietary management. But unless you have ready access to a weighbridge this is sometimes easier said than done especially as research shows weight estimates by eye can vary as much as 30%.

New look website
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New look website

same great service for our customers

Help, it all looks different! Here at Westgate Labs we’ve been really busy updating our systems to enable us to bring you the very best service for your animals’ worm control.

Westgate worm count kits voted product of the year finalist 2016
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Westgate worm count kits voted product of the year finalist 2016

voted product of the year finalist 2016

The end of 2016 heralded great news for us here at Westgate Labs! We were overjoyed to open the January issue of Your Horse Magazine to find that their lovely readers had voted our worm egg count kit into the top ten products of the year in their 2016 gear guide.