Ruminating about hoofstock "issues"?  Try our ruminant fecal screening PCR panel - tests for most common GI pathogens in wild & domestic ruminants.

In over your head? Try our waterborne pathogens PCR panel - detection of 7 different environmental pathogens by real time PCR.

Something fishy going on in your tanks? Try our new Zebrafish screening PCR panel - tests for 6 different pathogen categories from one easy-to-collect sample.

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Zoologix performs environmental, zoo, wildlife and aquatic PCR tests for...

Aeromonas hydrophila

African swine fever

Aleutian disease

Amphibian panel

Aspergillus

Babesia

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

Baylisascaris procyonis

Borna virus

Borrelia burgdorferi

Campylobacter

Canine distemper

Canine parvovirus

Chytrid fungus

Citrobacter freundii

Classical swine fever

Clostridium

Coccidia

Coronaviruses

Coxiella burnetii

Cryptosporidium

Delftia acidovorans

E. coli O157:H7

E. coli panel

Edwardsiella

Encephalomyocarditis

Enterobacteraceae

Enterovirus

Epizootic hemorrhagic disease

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)

Feline panleukopenia

Ferret respiratory enteric coronavirus

Giardia

Helicobacter

Hepatitis E

Histoplasma

Japanese encephalitis

Johne's disease

Kangaroo herpesviruses

Klebsiella

Lawsonia intracellularis

Legionella

Leptospira

Listeria monocytogenes

Lyme disease

Macropodid (kangaroo) herpesviruses

Mink enteritis virus

Monkeypox

Mycobacteria in mammals, amphibians and fish

Mycoplasma mustelae

Mycoplasma species

Neospora caninum

Nipah virus

Pasteurella multocida

Porcine cytomegalovirus

Porcine lymphotropic herpesvirus

Porcine parvovirus

Pseudocapillaria tomentosa

Pseudoloma neurophilia

Pseudorabies

Q fever

Rabies

Ranavirus

Reovirus screen

Rickettsia

Rift Valley fever

Rotavirus

Salmonella

Sarcocystis neurona

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia

St. Louis encephalitis

Strep pneumoniae

Streptococcus pyogenes

Swine vesicular disease

Toxoplasma gondii

Treponema pallidum

Trichomonas/
Tritrichomonas

Trypanosoma cruzi

Trypanosoma evansi

Vaccinia

Vesicular stomatitis

Vibrio

West Nile virus

White nose syndrome

Yersinia enterocolitica

Yersinia pestis

Yersinia pseudotuberculosis


Zoologix PCR testing for zoo and wildlife species

ZOOLOGIX environmental, zoo and wildlife diagnostic testing

Why use PCR to detect infectious diseases?

Molecular diagnostic testing using PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) has revolutionized the way veterinarians, zoos, field biologists, environmental scientists and researchers maintain animal health and obtain disease data.

The sensitivity, specificity and speed with which pathogens and mutations are identified by PCR enable diagnostic, research and monitoring possibilities unavailable using other techniques. Molecular techniques represent a dramatically effective tool for the diagnosis of disease in animal populations and the detection of environmental pathogens in a wide variety of settings.

In PCR testing, nucleic acid -- DNA or RNA -- is isolated from a specimen, then amplified (after an extra reverse transcription step in the case of RNA) using highly specific primers complementary to known target sequences. Positive and negative controls are run simultaneously; internal controls monitor extraction and PCR efficiency. Each sample is run in duplicate aliquots to check repeatability. Amplification is visualized and recorded using state-of-the-art protocols and instrumentation.


How is molecular, PCR-based testing complementary to other kinds of testing?

  • Cross-reactivity reduces the specificity of many serological tests: a positive result can be caused by organisms other than the target. Molecular assays, on the other hand, are highly specific because they detect genetic sequence unique to the target pathogen. Even closely related pathogen strains can often be distinguished.
  • The influence of some sources of false positives is reduced in molecular testing, because while other testing methods detect antibodies to pathogens which may not still be present, molecular assays detect the genetic material of the pathogen itself -- a direct indication of presence of the pathogen in the sample.
  • Latent or early infections can often be detected by PCR before disease symptoms are apparent. Detection is not dependent on elevated antibody levels.
  • Animals with high titres of some viruses can actually exhibit very low antibody levels as their immune systems are challenged by an infection. This can result in false negative diagnoses if antibody testing alone is used.
  • PCR's exquisite sensitivity allows detection of a target pathogen in a sample even if present in very low titres, and even from very small sample volumes.
  • Many different sample types are appropriate for PCR testing - not just serum.  Check our assay datasheets for any test's sample requirements.

About Zoologix                                  
Zoologix serves animal care professionals with molecular diagnostic testing for infectious diseases that affect wildlife and domestic species. Other testing facilities perform PCR testing as a sideline. Because we specialize in PCR assays for infectious diseases of animals, our lab staff are adept at performing protocols designed to maintain specimen integrity and maximize assay specificity and sensitivity. We provide fast turnaround and competitive pricing in each of our assay categories.

Zoologix is owned and managed by board-certified scientists and seasoned laboratory managers with extensive experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, zoology, assay design, quality assurance and lab operations. Our objective is to provide to the veterinary, pharmaceutical, research, conservation and environmental science communities the fastest, highest quality molecular infectious disease testing available.

Client samples are stored at our lab for six months to facilitate any followup testing.

Contact information
Zoologix is headquartered in Chatsworth, in southern California. We are located near two major airports (LA International and Burbank), UCLA, USC, CalTech and other regional research centers.

Zoologix Inc.
9811 Owensmouth Avenue
Suite 4
Chatsworth CA 91311-3800
USA

Phone: 818-717-8880
Fax: 818-717-8881
Email: info@zoologix.com

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