Biobest Laboratories Ltd



Antibody Detection

Determination of antibody levels in canine serum is of value both for diagnostic purposes, and for testing older animals to determine immune status and thus predict need for vaccination. We also offer rabies serology tests.

Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus, Canine Parainfluenza and Canine Herpesvirus.

Antibody titres to canine distemper, canine adenovirus canine parainfluenza and canine herpesvirus are determined by a virus neutralisation test. This is the most reliable assay for the detection of vaccinal status or antibodies due to infection.

Canine Parvovirus

We use the IIFT to determine the levels of antibodies to canine parvovirus in serum.


Antibodies to Neospora are detected in serum or plasma by indirect immunofluorescence (IIFT).


IgG or IgM antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii are detected in serum or plasma by indirect immunofluorescence.

Assessment of DHP vaccinal status

There is increasing concern in the veterinary world regarding the over-vaccination of dogs. The requirement for repeat distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus vaccination can be assessed by serology. Certificates are available on request.


We offer the Virbac CPSE ELISA, the first ELISA based test to screen, diagnose and monitor BPH.


Antibodies to lepto are detected using an IIFT test.

Virus Detection

Canine Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus can be detected from faecal samples by PCR.

Virus Isolation

Virus isolation can be performed for distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, herpesvirus and parainfluenza.

Canine Distemper Virus

We can detect CDV using PCR.


We can perform lepto PCR on urine samples.

Canine / Feline Diarrhoea PCR Panel

This new canine/feline package covers a total of 11 viruses, bacteria and parasites. The test uses new semi-automated tandem multiplex PCR technology. An initial limited multiplex amplification is split into individual reactions and 2nd amplification completed with new primers.
To allow efficient processing the panel is identical for dogs and cats, only certain components are relevant for each species. The full panel comprises:
Canine Coronavirus
•Feline Coronavirus
•Canine Distemper Virus
•Parvovirus/Panleucopaenia virus
•Campylobacter spp
•Clostridium perfringens alpha-toxin
•Cryptosporidium parvum and Cryptosporidium hominis
•Giardia lamblia
•Salmonella spp
•Toxoplasma gondii
•Tritrichomonas foetus