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 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.