Note: CataKlear™ replaces LipoClear which has been discontinued:
Gross elevations of serum or plasma lipoproteins (lipaemia) cause turbidity in the sample which can interfere with the accuracy of the assay of some analytes which use colorimetric methods. CataKlear™ is a lipid clearing reagent.
The removal of this interfering lipaemia can be achieved by several techniques which include ultracentrifugation (the best method) and solvent extraction. However, these methods have practical disadvantages, including large sample requirements, the use of a high-speed centrifuge or the use of toxic solvents.
CataKlear™ Lipid Clearing agent has been developed to solve this problem without interfering with the accuracy of most tests.
CataKlear™ is a stable, liquid colloidal nanoparticle dispersion of selectively sized silicone oxides, various surfactants and buffering components. The lipid components in serum/plasma are released through the activity of the surfactants and attach to the silicone oxide nanoparticles. Upon centrifugation, these lipid-silicone oxide nanoparticles are deposited on the bottom of the centrifuge tube leaving the clear, lipid-free serum/plasma layer ready for decanting and testing.
CataKlear™ is supplied in packs of 10 or 40 integral plug-topped, graduated micro-centrifuge tubes, each pre-filled with 50µl of CataKlear™ solution.
Shelf-life & Storage
CataKlear can be stored between 2-25°C. This means refrigerated or at room temperature (not in direct sunlight). If stored in the fridge please bring to room temperature before use. In addition, theShelf-life can be up to 3 years depending on the batch manufactured at the time of sale.
Lipaemic serum is the sample of choice, although lithium heparin plasma samples can also be used. However, the user should be aware of the tests this anti-coagulant can affect.
Firstly, remove one CataKlear™ tube from the pack and check reagent level is approximately half-way between the bottom of the tube and the 0.1ml graduation.
Pipette 0.5ml sample into tube, mix well and cap the tube. Let stand for 10 minutes at room temperature.
Centrifuge the tube at speeds of 2,000G or more for up to 15 mins until the sample has been cleared of lipaemia and the fat has been deposited in a tight button on the bottom of the tube.
Please Note: It is advisable for each user to establish their own procedure because centrifuges’ maximum speeds can vary.
Carefully remove supernatant and place in a separate tube ready for testing.
Finally, all results should be multiplied by the dilution factor of 1.1.
Limitations and Quality Control
Research has shown that CataKlear™ is unlikely to interfere with the assay of the following analytes: Albumin, ALP, ALT, Amylase, Creatinine, Phosphate and Urea. Details of a study are available on request. However, because users will be using a wide variety of reagents and analysers, we strongly recommend that each laboratory establish performance characteristics of CataKlear™ with their own analytical system. Please see below:
Firstly, pipette 0.5ml of a commercial Control Serum into a CataKlear™ tube and process in the normal way. Run your tests on non-treated and treated portions of Control Serum and compare results. After that, you will be able to determine if CataKlear™ is likely to affect the accuracy of any of your tests.
Precautions and Safety
Avoid contact of reagent with skin and eyes. If contact occurs, wash affected area with copious amounts of cold water. Above all, if you have any queries regarding the use of CataKlear™ Lipid Clearing Agent please telephone our Technical Services Dept. on 01798 874567.
Our protect all non-woven 3 ply face masks are manufactured in the UK.
The face masks come in boxes of 50 and are CE Certified. These 3 ply single-use face masks are manufactured to EN 14683 Type IIR standards and are constructed of three layers which have been tested to a bacterial filtration efficiency of 98%.
Helps to stop the spread of infections
These surgical masks help to stop the spread of saliva or respiratory secretions exhaled by the person wearing it, making them a great option to help stop the spread of viruses and potentially harmful bacteria.
Type IIR Surgical Mask with Ear Loop – Box of 50
Manufactured to EN 14683 Type IIR standards
Bacterial filtration efficiency of 98%
Integrated nose clip and elasticated earloops for comfortable wear
Helps to stop the spread of infections
Please be aware not all face masks sold conform to EN 14683 Type IIR standards which are tested to a bacterial filtration efficiency of 98% with fluid resistance to 120mm Hg.
G9 High Level Surface Disinfectant Cleaner unique formula protects your animal environments whilst ensuring safety to staff and animals. This surface disinfectant provides the latest biocide technology to ensure unparalleled microbial efficacy in line with the latest ECHA European Veterinary Test Protocol Standards.
A Surface Disinfectant Cleaner which is extremely economical in use and dilutes at:
• 1:200 for General Use • 1:100 for High-Risk Areas
G9 Surface Disinfectant Cleaner is tested to the latest ECHA European Veterinary Test Standards by Independent Accredited Test Laboratories against the following spores, mycobacteria, virus, fungi, yeasts and bacteria.
G9 Surface Disinfectant Cleaner can be used on most surfaces; it is safe to use, economical and effective. G9 Surface Disinfectant Cleaner does not require rinsing after use and can be allowed to dry. This product is available un-fragranced and in Cherry, Lemon and Lavender.
Decon 90 is the leading surface active cleaning agent and/or radioactive decontaminant for laboratory, medical and industrial applications and is available in 1-Litre and 5-Litre sizes. Decon 90 cleaning agent is supplied in high-density polyethene containers, with tamper evident screw-on caps.
This laboratory cleaner is supplied as a liquid concentrate for dilution with water (2% to 5% solution of Decon 90 with water) and is used for both manual cleaning and use in ultrasonic cleaning baths. Problem contaminates can be treated by increasing the solution strength.
Method of Use
• The items which need cleaning must be immersed fully into the solution and left to soak for a minimum of 2 hours. Depending on the degree and tenacity of the soiling, the item can be left to soak for up to a maximum of 24 hours.
• By heating the solution 40°C to 50°C can reduce the cleaning time or alternatively use an ultrasonic cleaning bath.
• To ensure removal of all traces of contamination/cleaning agent, it is recommended that three agitated rinses in water *** are carried out and any cleaned items are rinsed thoroughly and dried.
For decontaminating/cleaning ceramics, glassware, rubbers, plastics, stainless steel and ferrous metals. As Decon 90 is ALKALINE, it is NOT suitable for use on non-ferrous metals, notably aluminium and zinc, or on polycarbonate.
Appearance and Properties
• Milky white, non-viscous liquid with a faint odour.
An emulsion of anionic and non-ionic surface active agents, stabilising agents, non-phosphate detergent builders, alkalis and sequestering agents, in an aqueous base. Decon 90 does NOT contain Phosphates, Enzymes, EDTA/NTA or Chlorine Bleaches.
5 Years – stored correctly at an ambient temperature, out of direct sunlight, sealed in the container in which it is supplied and away from strong acids and aluminium.
Decon 90 is Manufactured by Decon Laboratories Limited UK
* Ready Biodegradability by OECD 301E (ISO method 7827 – 1986 (E)) ** Decon 90 satisfies the criteria in BS EN 1040 1997 for bacterial activity. *** For critical applications, use demineralised water throughout.
UriStain™ – for the Microscopic Examination of Urine Sediment
UriStain™ is a urine sediment stain, intended for staining centrifuged urine sediment and used for the examination of WBCs, RBCs, bacteria, yeast and casts. The stain contains various dyes that aid in differentiating the abnormal cellular elements found in urine. UriStain is a ‘one solution’ modification of the Sternheimer and Malvin procedure which compares directly to the Sedi-Stain product.
Sediment Stain – A Valuable Diagnostic Technique
Microscopic examination of urinary sediment is a rapid, easy-to-perform diagnostic procedure that can provide important information to the clinician. Aside from taking an actual tissue biopsy of the kidney, it is widely recognised that the microscopic findings of the urinary sediment are a reliable and valuable diagnostic technique which will give a clear indicator of intrinsic renal disease.
Unlike the original formulation of urine staining methods which involved filtration, UriStain requires no filtration and has a long shelf-life. Standardising your collection, evaluation techniques and reporting procedures is of the highest importance.
This stain is made from certified dyes which include: Ammonium Oxalate, Safranin, Crystal Violet, Ethanol and Deionized water. Our UriStain™ is available in 15ml dropper bottles and is priced very competitively.
Other items required, include the standard microbiological supplies and equipment such as…
Vetlab Supplies’ large histology pots are made of tough polypropylene and are supplied with strong plastic leak-proof lids. These pots have a wide-mouth and base, which makes them ideal for containing and transporting large tissue samples for histopathology. Not only do we supply large histology pots, but we also supply small and medium volumes. In addition, we also supply veterinary ID labels with your order, free of charge.
Clear Polypropylene with Green Tops
Our histology pots are particularly useful for allowing large tumours to be completely removed; then safely fixed and transported. A complete tumour allows the pathologist to provide a more accurate diagnosis and prognosis.
Histology Pots – Volumes and Specifications
Outside measurements are taken from the base to the top of the lid
20ml – Height 4.2 cm – Diameter 3.5cm
40ml – Height 4 cm – Diameter 5cm
60ml – Height 7.5cm – Diameter 5cm
120ml – Height 8cm – Diameter 5.5cm
250ml – Height 6cm – Diameter 9.5cm
500ml – Height 11cm – Diameter 9cm
1000ml – Height 14cm – Diameter 11cm
ALSO AVAILABLE: 5 Litre White Round Histology Bucket with Push Lid. Height 19.4cm – Diameter 23.6cm
These Specimen/Histology Buckets have a push lid, plastic handle and a tamper-evident security tab. The bucket will hold a total weight of 141.0g with a brimful capacity of 5700ml. These buckets are ideal for collecting larger samples and can be easily stored as they are stackable. Finally, our Neutral Buffered Formalin 10% is available in 1 and 5-litre sizes.
Histology Tissue Preparation Kit – Great Value!
FREE HISTOLOGY PREP KIT (worth £5.00) with every histology purchase over £20.00
OvaTube is the ideal in-clinic parasite detection test kit which is suitable for companion and small animals and has been developed for use in veterinary hospitals, practices and reference laboratories. In a situation where an animal has internal parasites or a particular parasite, the concentration flotation technique is recommended. Particularly the centrifugal technique, for the maximum yield of ova and oocysts.
Worm Egg Detection Method For Companion And Small Animals
The basic principle uses a flotation solution of special Specific Gravity in which the faecal sample is mixed and poured into a centrifuge tube. This can then be incubated vertically on the bench for up to 10-15 minutes. However, it is proven that if the tube is centrifuged at slow speed for a few minutes, the accuracy is greatly improved. Importantly, centrifugation forces heavy debris to the bottom of the tube; allows flotation of the ova and prevents debris from obscuring the final microscopic examination. OvaTube together with our ready-made Vetlab Flotation Solution is ideal for performing both techniques.
OvaTube – The Perfect In-Clinic Solution: fast easy and clean
The StatSpin OvaTube is the first centrifugation method that is easy and fast without any mess, with a simple coring tool to obtain a sample. Just add the sample to the tube and mix with standard flotation fluid. Centrifuge in either a fixed angle or horizontal centrifuge, remove the tube, add a coverslip, and twist. In just a few minutes results are ready to read. OvaTube can also be used without a centrifuge…read on for further information.
Follow the instructions carefully, then stand the OvaTube vertically in a rack for 10 -15 minutes.
Centrifugal flotation is recommended by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) as the preferred method for routine screening of faecal samples for the detection of parasite ova. In addition, it is recommended that faecal examinations should be performed 2 – 4 times during the first year of life and 1 – 2 times per year in adult pets.
Plastic disposable transfer pipettes offer a quick, cheap method of transferring or dispensing small volumes of liquids. Our standard transfer pipette has an integral plastic bulb for fast, easy filling and dispensing and a 1ml stem graduated in increments of approximately 0.25ml. In addition, we also supply a larger 3ml transfer pipette and both sizes are supplied in boxes of 500.
Fine Tip Pipettes
We also supply a similar 1ml, ungraduated transfer pipette with a very fine tip which is ideal for very small volumes of sample or liquids. The fine tip pipettes are supplied in boxes of 400 and all of our products are extremely competitively priced.
These disposable pipette tips are for use with hand-held automatic, air-displacement pipettors. We supply Finntip 1-5ml white tips, 200-1000µl blue tips and 5-200µl yellow tips. These tips are principally for use with Finn Pipettors, however, they can also be used with other makes of similar pipettor. We are always happy to send samples, ensuring the tips are the correct fit before you make a purchase.