The presence of certain bacteria in ready-to-use boar semen can detrimentally affect semen quality over time. Consequently, the use of contaminated semen may result in poor fertility (returns to oestrus) and endometritis (vaginal discharges) in recipient females.

Most bacteria found in contaminated ready-to-use boar semen belong to the Enterobacteriaceae family. Among them, Serratia marcescens is probably the most important due to its strong spermicidal effect and its resistance to most antimicrobials used in semen extenders.

The detection of Serratia marcescens in boar semen or laboratory equipment is usually performed using bacteriological culture procedures. However, these techniques are time consuming (48–96 hours) and detect only living bacteria.

During the past few years, PCR technology has been used to quickly and accurately detect the presence of various bacterial species in a wide variety of samples, including semen.
PCR assays are also very sensitive and detect both living and dead organisms.

At Biovet, we have developed a real-time PCR assay (qPCR) that can detect the presence of Serratia marcescens in various samples quickly (< 24 hours) and accurately (< 10 cfu/mL).

Samples may include fresh or extended semen, as well as environmental samples.

The minimum sample volume required is 10 mL.

The test is performed every day from Monday to Friday.

Results are available within 24 hours after the receipt of samples.

Please feel free to contact us for further information.

Dr. René Lallier, President of Biovet, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jules Lallier, BBA, MHK as Sales Manager.

Mr. Lallier started at Biovet in the summer of 2005 in various positions (customer service, receiving samples, etc.). After graduating from HEC with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, he left St-Hyacinthe in 2011 to study at the University of Ottawa. After a few years working in the sports field in Montréal, he returned to Biovet in March 2015 to take a sales representative position in the Companion Animal and Bovine sector. We are confident that his expertise paired with his professionalism will prove to be valuable assets in his new position.

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Biovet is proud to announce that its Agri-Food Microbiology Laboratory has been certified by the Canadian Standards Council (SCC) as “Conforms with requirements of CAN-P-1587, CAN-P-4E (ISO/IEC 17025)”. This concerns a National Standard Method for Salmonella Enteritidis Culture and Isolation from Poultry Environmental Samples, approved by the CFIA.

Biovet operates a laboratory accredited by CFIA and SCC offering a full range of veterinary and agri-food analysis services. Our laboratories are open 6 days and operate 7 days a week. Moreover, we have an efficient pickup service providing the transport of samples in Quebec as soon as possible, even in rural areas.

For further information, please contact us.

1 CFIA : Canadian Food Inspection Agency
2 See our Scope of Accreditation on our Website (Agri-Food section).

Biovet now offers IMPROVED Digestive Profiles for canine and feline with two additional pathogens.* « These real-time PCR tests for the detection of the main infectious agents of the digestive tract of the dog and the cat are performed in our laboratories enabling us to get fast results.

Each element of these profiles can be ordered individually. In addition, these new profiles can be combined with parasitology to detect even more infectious agents!

The profiles:

Canine Digestive Profile:

* C. perfringens toxA
Campylobacter jejuni
* Canine Circovirus
Canine enteric coronavirus
Canine Parvovirus Type 2
Cryptosporidium spp
Giardia spp
Salmonella spp


Feline Digestive Profile

* C.perfringens toxA
Campylobacter jejuni
Cryptosporidium spp
Feline Coronavirus
Feline panleukopenia virus
Giardia spp
Salmonella spp
* Rotavirus A
Toxoplasma gondii
Tritrichomonas blagburni

Sample: 5 grams of cooled fresh feces.
IMPORTANT: avoid contact of feces with litter.

Turn-around-time: 48-72 hours after receipt of samples, Monday to Friday..

For further information, contact us.