September 1, 2021

Sci-Tech has added further PCR tests to its livestock disease screening services to combat the emerging disease Porcine Circovirus-3. This extension to service and capability has been made possible due to recent developments at the division’s Craven Arms site.

‘The ability to test onsite is important for our customers, who want to source the majority of their animal disease prevention and screening requirements from one laboratory,’ said David Petrie-Dolphin, Business Development Manager at Sci-Tech. ‘We are one of the only laboratories in the UK that performs PCR detection for PCV-3, so it makes sense for customers to screen for this at the same time they are screening for PCV-2 and other infectious diseases in their pig herds.’

Sci-Tech’s PCR screening services include quantification and serotyping for groups A, B and D for PCV-2, and detection for PCV-3. Several sample types are tested, including tissues, swabs and bodily fluids. PCV-3 can cause Postweaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome (PMWS), resulting in symptoms including wasting, paleness, and respiratory distress. It has also been associated with reproductive failure, multisystemic inflammation, and Porcine Dermatitis and Nephropathy Syndrome (PDNS).

‘It is important to screen for PCV to identify and treat infection quickly before it impacts your herd,’ continued David. ‘As PCV-3 is particularly virulent compared with its earlier and more established PCV-2 strain, we worked closely with vets and farmers in developing these tests. We want to make sure all our customers are confident in the productivity of their herds as well as being proactive in safeguarding the welfare of their animals.’

For more details on our serology and PCR screening services, contact us.