Lab Services

Laboratory Services will be closed for Canada Day, Friday July 1st, 2022.

During the period of Monday, June 27th to Thursday June 30th, 2022 water sample drop off times will be affected.

Please Note:

  • Monday June 27th, 2022: All water samples accepted until 3pm.
  • Tuesday June 28th, 2022: All water samples accepted until 3pm.
  • Wednesday June 29th, 2022: Water samples must be received no later than 1 pm. Bacteria water samples with color will not be accepted.
  • Water samples will not be accepted on Thursday June 30th, 2022.

Laboratory Services will resume normal business hours on Monday July 4th, 2022

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

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.


HOLIDAY CLOSURE NOTICE

Laboratory Services will be closed for Good Friday, April 15th, 2022 and Easter Monday, April 18th, 2022.

During the period of Monday, April 11th to Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 water sample drop off times will be affected.

Please Note:

  • Monday April 11th, 2022: All water samples accepted until 3pm
  • Tuesday April 12th, 2022: Bacteria water samples that have color must be received no later than 3 pm.
  • Wednesday April 13th, 2022: All remaining Bacteria water samples must be received no later than 1 pm.
  • Water samples will not be accepted on Thursday April 14th, 2022.

Laboratory Services will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022.

Lab Contacts

The laboratories are located in Truro.

Animal and Plant & Dairy Labs

Mailing:
PO Box 890 (Harlow Bldg.)
Truro, NS
B2N 5G6

Civic:
Harlow Institute
(Dalhousie Agricultural Campus)
176 College Road
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia
B2N 2P3

Tel: (902) 893-7444
Fax: (902) 893-4193
Email: Janice Beaton


Pathology Lab

Mailing:
PO Box 890 (Hancock Bldg.)
Truro, NS
B2N 5G6

Civic:
Hancock Veterinary Building
(Dalhousie Agricultural Campus)
65 River Road
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia
B2N 2P3

Tel: (902) 893-6540
Fax: (902) 895-6684
Email: AnimalHealthLab@novascotia.ca