Lab Services

Laboratory Services are closed for Remembrance Day on Friday, 11 November 2022.

From Monday, 7 November to Thursday, 10 November 2022, water sample drop off times will be affected:

  • Monday, 7 November 2022: All water samples accepted (samples must be received by 3pm)
  • Tuesday, 8 November 2022: All water samples accepted (samples must be received by 3pm)
  • Wednesday, 9 November 2022: Clear (colourless) bacteria water samples must be received by 1pm; samples with colour will not be accepted
  • Thursday, 10 November 2022: Water samples will not be accepted
  • Friday, 11 November 2022: Lab closed

Water testing resumes on Monday, 14 November 2022.

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.