Lab Services

The Department of Agriculture manages laboratories that analyze a range of animal, food and agricultural materials, including: individual animal and herd/flock health diagnoses; raw and processed milk and related dairy products; drinking, milk house and greenhouse water; soils; livestock feed; plant tissue; compost; and manure analyses. Our services are aimed primarily at agricultural producers and industry, but we are available to private companies, other government agencies, researchers and the public.

Our labs are located in two buildings. The Animal and Plant Lab is located at 176 College Road, while the Animal Health Lab is at 65 River Road. Dairy Lab functions are carried out in one of these two locations.

For more in-depth lab information including drop-off hours, fees and specifics on sampling:

Animal and Plant Lab

Responsible for testing: water, feed, soil, manure, compost, and fruit and vegetable crop tissues.

Animal Health Lab

Responsible for testing: livestock and other animals and post-mortem examinations.

Dairy Lab

Responsible for testing: dairy products and related materials.


Laboratory Services will be closed for Remembrance Day on Thursday November 11th, 2021.

During the period of Monday, November 8th to Monday November 15th, 2021 water sample drop off times will be affected.

Please Note:

  • Monday November 8th, 2021: Bacteria water samples must be received by 3 pm.
  • Tuesday November 9th, 2021: Clear (colorless) bacteria water samples must be received by 3 pm. Samples with color will not be accepted.
  • Wednesday November 10th, 2021: Water samples will not be accepted.
  • Thursday November 11th, 2021: Lab closed.
  • Friday November 12th, 2021: Water samples will not be accepted.

Water testing will resume on Monday, November 15th, 2021.

We apologize for the inconvenience.
Thank you for your cooperation.