In the past few months, we have developed several real-time PCR (qPCR) tests in multiplex format. Multiplex tests can detect multiple agents in the same reaction. With current equipment, we are limited to a maximum of 4 agents per multiplex test. One of the main advantages of multiplex testing is to reduce the cost of […]


Biovet is proud to announce that its serology laboratory has been certified by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Antibody Test Kit, ELISA method (SOP-SE-036). This is the ELISA method required by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to establish health certificates to export swine to certain […]


First commercial ELISA kit for detecting APP13 antibodies * Swinecheck APP13 major advantage is its excellent sensitivity. Porcine pleuropneumonia (PPP), caused by Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (APP), leads to high economic losses in affected swine herds worldwide. A remarkable feature of APP is that its virulence greatly varies depending on the isolates. This results in clinical situations […]


Several cases of polioencephalomyelitis caused by Porcine sapelovirus (PSV) have been recently reported in Québec herds. Porcine sapelovirus (PSV) is an RNA virus in the family Picornaviridae. PSV is closely related to members of the Enterovirus genus and was previously known as porcine enterovirus 8 (PEV-8). Domestic and wild swine are the only known hosts […]


We want to inform you that we will soon offer a new real-time PCR (qPCR) test for detection of the PRRS virus. Like our previous qPCR, this test was developed in-house. The new test will still detect and differentiate type 1 (European) and 2 (North American) PRRS viruses in the same reaction. Although only type […]


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 […]


Biovet now offers a new duplex qPCR assay for the simultaneous detection of porcine Circovirus type 2 (PCV2) and type 3 (PCV3). In 2016, a new Circovirus (PCV3) was identified in the USA in cases of Porcine Dermatitis and Nephropathy Syndrome (PDNS) and abortions in sows as well as multisystemic histiolymphocytic inflammation in piglets. In […]


Biovet is proud to announce the availability of new real time PCR assays (qPCR) allowing detection, differentiation and quantification of Group A, B and C Rotaviruses. Rotaviruses are important agents of diarrhea in multiple species, including pigs. At least 4 Rotavirus groups (A, B, C, H) have been identified in this species. Their significance varies […]


Some weeks ago we informed you of the availability of a real time PCR allowing differentiating wild strains of PRRSV from MLV and ATP vaccine-like strains (BI). Since then we have improved the test which can now also identify Fostera vaccine-like strains (Zoetis). Please note that the samples have to be examined first with the […]


PRRSV surveillance partially relies on PCR testing of samples such as serum or oral fluids. In herds where vaccination is used, it is important to differentiate vaccine strains from wild-type strains. Up to now, it was necessary to sequence the strains, which extended the response times and significantly increased costs. Moreover, sequencing requires relative high […]