for Companion, Equine and Exotic Animals

Our extensive general toxicology panel screens for over 30,000 drugs and poisons.


Our unique toxicology service provides affordable, flexible, rapid testing for toxins and toxic compounds using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). These techniques allow us to test for more than 30,000 substances with results often available in 3-5 working days.

A complete range of testing for further toxic agents is also available. Comprehensive advice on test selection, sampling and result interpretation for all cases from our clinical pathologists.

Our extensive general toxicology panel screens for over 30,000 drugs and poisons.

Learn more about our extensive toxicology screening. Contact our team at VPG Leeds on 0113 287 0175 or [email protected].

We also work closely with the Veterinary Poison Information Service (VPIS), for more information visit

Our services include

  • Extensive General Screen
  • Anti-coagulation
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • Ethylene Glycol
  • Xylitol
  • Equine Toxicology


  • We require a minimum volume of 2ml whole blood, 10ml plain urine, 10g fresh tissue, 10g feed or contaminated materials, 5ml stomach contents as applicable.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot process formalin fixed tissue or faeces. If insufficient sample is received, we may not be able to complete all the requested tests and the sensitivity of toxin/drug detection could be reduced.
  • For all samples for diagnostic and prepurchase toxicology it is essential that samples are labelled with the animal and owner names and the date of sample collection.
  • For cases where there is a possibility of legal action, samples should be sent by tracked mail or courier and accompanied with a Practice Chain of Evidence form. Please contact the Laboratory if this is required.

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Meet the Toxicology Team

Claire Crompton

Head of Pathology


Francesca Pitorri

Board Certified Clinical Pathologist

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