Lab Services

Important Notice: Laboratory Services Holiday Hours

Please note that Laboratory Services will be closing at noon on Friday, December 22nd, 2017, and will remain closed on December 25th & December 26th, 2017 and will be closed again on January 1st, 2018.

Water sample drop off times will be affected during this period.

Week of Dec 18th to Dec 22nd, 2017:
Bacteria and mineral water samples will be accepted on Monday, Dec 18th and Tuesday Dec 19th from 8:30am to 3:00pm & Wednesday Dec 20th from 8:30am to 1:00pm
Please Note: Bacteria water samples with colour must be submitted by 3pm, Tuesday, Dec 19th, they will not be accepted on Wednesday Dec 20th, 2017.

Week of Dec 25th to Dec 29th, 2017:
Bacteria and mineral water samples will be accepted Wednesday, Dec 27th, from 8:30 am to 3:00pm & Thursday, Dec 28th 8:30am to 1:00pm
Please Note: Bacteria water samples with colour must be submitted by 3pm, Wednesday, Dec 27th, they will not be accepted on Thursday, Dec 28th.

Laboratory Services will resume normal testing operations for all samples on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018.

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 Analytical 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:


Analytical Lab

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


Pathology Lab

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


Dairy Lab

Responsible for testing: dairy products and related materials.