Centrifuge Consumables

Centrifuge Consumables and Accessories

75mm Capillary Tubes – Glass

Microhaematocrit (Mhct) or Packed Cell Volume (PCV) tests require the use of good quality capillary tubes manufactured with good quality glass. Capillary tubes are either plain or pre-coated with heparin, and are commonly used to extract small blood samples directly from the vein by using a Surgicutt lancet.  Our centrifuge consumables range includes both 40mm and 75mm capillary tubes. This type of tube is not only used for Packed Cell Volume tests, but also the extremely useful function of transporting small volumes of sample to other devices, such as microscope slides for making blood smears and Petri dishes for other tests.

Why Is The Quality Of Capillary Tubes So Important?

It is very important that capillary tubes are manufactured correctly using good quality material with a consistent bore diameter. Furthermore, the thickness of the wall must not only be strong enough to withstand centrifugal G-forces of up to 10,000 RMP but also thin enough to allow easy viewing of the reading. Finally, a good quality capillary tube should not break when pushed down into the sealant tray, and neither should the sealant plug become detached from the tube. See our Top Tips below.

Centrifuge Consumables Product Range

The length of your capillary tubes will depend on the make of your centrifuge. We supply the Marienfeld Superior Glass brand of 75mm capillary tubes which fit our VetSpin Duo centrifuge as well as other standard size centrifuges such as Hawksley and Centurion. Our StatSpin 40mm capillary tubes fit our VetSpin Micro range of benchtop mini centrifuges as well as the StatSpin VT. Our full range of centrifuge consumables and accessories includes quality sealant trays; microcentrifuge tubes, blood collection tubes; readers and our popular Vet-Tube racks (available in a range of bright colours) to hold your samples.

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Transport Swabs

Transport Swabs – Standard & Mini-tip

Amies Transport Medium, with or without Charcoal

Laboratory transport swabs for sample collection, preservation and transport prior to culture for bacteria and fungi. We supply swabs containing Amies Transport Medium with, or without Charcoal in either a Standard tip or Mini-tip size. This transport medium is useful for preserving fastidious organisms (e.g. C.E.M. organism, Campylobacter spp.) in transit to the laboratory prior to culture.  The charcoal additive is particularly useful in neutralising any toxic metabolic compounds produced by bacterial growth.

Plain Swabs – Standard & Mini-tip

(Without Transport Medium)

We also supply PLAIN swabs without transport medium. Offering both Standard (rayon tip) and Mini-tip (cotton tip) with a plasticised stick and supplied in individual polypropylene tubes. The rayon/cotton tip is non-toxic to most micro-organisms and gives superior performance.

Finally, all of our swabs are available in convenient pack sizes: units of 10, 50 or in larger units of 100.

Blood Collection Tubes

Veterinary Blood Collection Tubes

We supply a wide range of non-evacuated, mainly plastic blood collection tubes which are ideal for veterinary practices who are sampling companion animals using a syringe and needle.

These tubes cover a fill volume range from 0.5ml up to 2ml and are pre-filled with either different anticoagulants or clotting enhancement agents. Some of the range is pre-filled with special separation gel which forms a barrier between serum or plasma and cellular layers after centrifugation.

We offer a large range of screw-top, push-top and plug-top blood collection tubes along with 5ml plastic and glass bottles (no anticoagulant).

The Vet-Tube® Range 

(2ml Tubes with standard 1.3ml or 1.1ml fill for GEL)

Vet-Tube® is our premium range of blood collection tubes and are 2.0ml (full volume) in size. They are made from tough polypropylene and consist of 4 parts; a strong colour-coded plastic screw-top, a rubber gasket inside the top making it leak-proof, a strong polypropylene body and a small plastic doughnut-shaped ring (inside the tube). This doughnut generally aids blood mixing but particularly aids clot enhancement in serum tubes.

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Sample Containers

Laboratory Specimen Containers

(Universal Containers)

We supply a large range of laboratory sample containers for transportation, specimen storage and general use in the laboratory. Our universal containers are manufactured from tough polypropylene materials and are supplied with leak-proof screw-top lids. All of our containers are labelled for easy identification and are CE marked.

If you require a different or special type of sample container that you cannot find in our range, please contact us and we will do our very best to find the right product for you.

Our specimen containers can be used for collecting urine and faeces samples from animals for analysis as well as, body tissue along with various other samples for laboratory testing. In addition, our range also includes Bijou Vials which are ideal for research and small samples. Furthermore, we offer all of our product range in small pack sizes of 10, right up to larger pack sizes of 400 to suit both small and large veterinary practices and laboratories.

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Microscope Consumables

Microscope Consumables

Microscope Consumables – Top Quality & Great Value

Vetlab Supplies offer the full range of microscope consumables; including microscope slides, coverslips, slide mailers, lens cleaning tissues, histoclear, and immersion oil. We also supply a variety of microscope bulbs and slide storage boxes. If there are any products that you cannot see on our price list, please contact us, and we will do our very best to source them for you.

Microscope Slides, Plain & Frosted

We supply a range of different quality microscope slides of varying quality to suit personal preferences and budgets.

  • Our Marienfeld Superior Glass slides which are considered to be top of the range for quality and are supplied in both plain and twin frosted (76mm x 26mm).
  • The Vetlab Value Microscope Slides are an excellent mid-range quality and priced accordingly. The slides are pre-cleaned, 1mm-1.2mm thick with polished edges and clipped corners and are also available in both plain and twin frosted (76mm x 25.4mm).
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General Laboratory Consumables

Laboratory Consumables

The Vetlab range of general laboratory consumables includes biohazard bags, lint-free tissues and other day-to-day laboratory essentials. If there are any products that are not shown on our price list, we will do our very best to source them for you.

Biohazard Specimen Bags

Each Biohazard Bag is printed with the biohazard symbol and has a separate document pouch for documentation related to the sample, keeping it safe and easily accessible without having to open the pouch where the specimen is stored. Our biohazard specimen bags are high-quality resealable bags which are made from strong 200gsm polyethylene materials and as a result, they are designed for safe transportation of specimens along with their documentation.

Size = 6 x 5.5 + 8 inches

Biopsy Cassettes

These high-density acetal polymer biopsy cassettes are specially designed to hold the smallest biopsy specimens for processing, embedding and storage. The cassettes are made of acid and solvent resistant plastic. They have a stay-shut closure lid design and can be used without the need for foam or lens paper. Supplied in small pack sizes of 10 or larger packs of 50.

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StatSpin Products

StatSpin Consumables and Accessories

StatSpin 40mm Capillary Tubes

StatSpin 40mm capillary tubes are used for the determination of Haematocrit (Packed Cell Volume – PCV) tests. These capillary tubes are manufactured in high-quality glass and are available either in plain or pre-coated with heparin. The fill volume for these 40mm tubes is 9.4μl.

Capillaries are commonly used to extract small blood samples directly from the vein by using a Surgicutt lancet. Our centrifuge consumable range includes both 75mm and 40mm capillary tubes. This type of tube is not only used for Packed Cell Volume tests, but also the extremely useful function of transporting small volumes of sample to other devices, such as microscope slides for making blood smears and Petri dishes for other tests.

StatSpin Centrifuge Consumables

We also supply StatSpin sealant trays and the StatSpin reader card which is made from tough washable laminated plastic. The reader card has a sliding transparent tube holder to read 40mm capillary tubes by using the sliding per cent haematocrit scale provided on the card.

In addition, we also supply the StatSpin OvaTube for processing faecal samples. The StatSpin OvaTube is the first centrifugation method that is easy and fast without any mess. 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.

StatSpin Rotors

We offer both rotors for StatSpin VT centrifuge. The RT12, 2-Place Microtube Rotor and the RH12, 12-Place Microhaematocrit Rotor. These rotors are lightweight, precision fabricated and pre-balanced for reliable high-speed performance.

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Insight Urinalysis Reagent Strips – 10 Test

Insight Urinalysis Reagent Strips – 10 Test

Rapid Detection of Multiple Analytes in Urine

The Urinalysis Reagent Strips (Urine) are firm plastic strips onto which several separate reagent areas are affixed. The test is for the qualitative and semi-quantitative detection of one or more of the following analytes in urine: Ascorbic acid, Glucose, Bilirubin, Ketone (Acetoacetic acid), Specific Gravity, Blood, pH, Protein, Urobilinogen, Nitrite and Leukocytes.

Urinalysis Summary

Urine undergoes many changes during states of disease or dysfunction before blood composition is altered to a significant extent. Urinalysis is a useful procedure as an indicator of health or disease, and as such, is part of routine health screening. The Urinalysis Reagent Strips (Urine) can be used in general evaluation of health, and aids in the diagnosis and monitoring of metabolic or systemic diseases that affect kidney function, endocrine disorders and diseases or disorders of the urinary tract.

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Histology Pots, Pre-Filled

Pre-filled Histology Pots

(10% Neutral Buffered Formalin)

Vetlab’s pre-filled histology pots are made from impact-resistant polypropylene, giving you a safe and convenient solution for preserving and transporting critical tissue samples.

Because tissue samples begin to deteriorate as soon as they’re separated from their blood supply, it’s vital that fixation and preservation of internal microscopic structures happen immediately the sample is removed, whatever its size.

Our histology pots are easy to open, seal and label even with wet, gloved hands. Vetlab’s range of wide-mouthed pre-filled specimen containers maintains your tissue samples in the best possible condition; physically, chemically and biologically ready for laboratory examination.

Histology Tissue Preparation Kit – Great Value!

  • Surgical Scissors
  • Dissecting Needle
  • Medical Tweezers
  • Scalpel
Histology Tissue Preparation Kit

Fixing and Preserving Samples for the Best Results

Fixing and preserving your tissue samples in pre-filled histology pots with a 10% neutral buffered formaldehyde solution is the safe and sure way to stabilise key cellular structures for subsequent processing, embedding, sectioning and staining ready for microscopic investigation.

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Rapi-Diff & Other Ready to Use Stains and Reagents

We supply the very popular Rapi-Diff Stain Set along with the individual stains, A, B and C which can also be purchased separately from us. We also offer a selection of gram stain liquids which include: Acetone for use as a clearing agent, Giemsa, Leishman, Loffler’s Methylene Blue and New Methylene Blue.

We also supply: TB stains, Phosphate Buffered Saline pH 6.8 to support our Rapi-Diff 11 stain, Buffered Formalin, White Cell Counting Fluid and finally, the indispensable Potassium Hydroxide solution for the diagnosis of mites and ringworm in hair and skin samples. If there are any other particular stains that you cannot see in our price tab, please let us know and we will do our very best to source them for you.

Rapi-Diff Stain 11 Stain Set

Our Rapi-Diff II Stain Set which is useful for staining smears, especially blood smears is available in both 500ml and 250ml sets or single solutions. This triple set is for the rapid differential evaluation of haematology and cytological smears, and is directly comparable to DIFF-QUICK and the results are similar to Romanowsky stained smears.

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