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Catriona Ritchie joins Axiom farm animal diagnostics service

11th July 2018

Catriona Ritchie has joined Axiom as a Farm Animal Veterinary Advisor.

A Glasgow veterinary graduate, Catriona also has an MSc in Livestock Health & Production. She spent three years in mixed practice before the next 14 years in Veterinary Investigation Officer and disease surveillance centre manager roles in north and north east Scotland for SAC Consulting Veterinary Services. For the last three years she has been working in farm animal practice whilst also doing short term VIO contracts and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of farm animal diagnostics, disease investigation and surveillance, plus cattle and sheep health schemes.

Axiom Veterinary Laboratories offers a comprehensive service for all practices’ farm animal diagnostics needs. This service is supported by the experience and expertise of several ex Veterinary Investigation Officers, who can assist farm vets with decision making over sampling for both clinical and pathology cases and to discuss results arising from such sampling. It is backed up by a free courier service to most parts of England and Wales, allowing samples to be transported to the laboratory rapidly and efficiently.  Tests are competitively priced, the laboratory having automated serology and PCR testing as well as microbiology, parasitology, biochemistry and haematology testing facilities.

The company’s comprehensive histopathology service is provided by sister laboratory, Finn Pathologists by experienced ex APHA and SAC farm animal diagnostic histopathologists. Since starting in December 2013 with a handful of practices in Cornwall, there are now around 300 practices using the company’s farm animal diagnostics services.

Martyn Carpenter, Director of Laboratories at Axiom commented: “Catriona brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her roles at SAC which has significantly enhanced our service, both in terms of quality of veterinary advice and also in innovative ideas for diagnostic testing.  She has made an immediate impact with our clients and on Axiom’s farm animal diagnostic service’s reputation.”