Laboratory & Pharmacy


The hospital runs a commercial laboratory, available both in house and to referring vets from elsewhere. We offer same day analysis and reporting of most samples, including bloods, and microscope analysis of joint, respiratory and other fluid samples. This is also available at weekends and bank holidays by arrangement.

We run a wet chemistry analyzer for serum biochemistry, blood gas measurement, electrolytes and lactate, glucose and serum amyloid A measurement. We offer full differential haematology and urine analysis.

We also offer a secondary interpretation service for samples which have been analyzed elsewhere.

Lab Submission Form

To download the faecal egg count request form click the link below


To download the lab submission form click the link below


To download the Freepost Label click the link below


In house laboratory tests available at Cotts Equine Hospital

Tests Sample required
ACTH EDTA (refrigerate within 3 hours of collection, separate the plasma, send with frozen chiller pack)
Biochemistry (Glob, Alb, ALP, AST, Creat, CK, GGT, TBili, TP, Urea, LDH, SAA, TBA) Heparinised blood
Electrolytes (Na, K, C) Heparinised blood
Culture/ Culture and sensitivity
Cytology BAL, Trach wash, Urine, Synovial, Endometrium, Peritoneal, smear
Faecal worm egg count Faeces
Fibrinogen EDTA
Glucose, Lactate, Triglycerides EDTA (whole blood)
Haematology (WBC, LYM, MON, GRA, RBC, HGB, HCT, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, PLT, MPV) EDTA (whole blood)
Insulin Serum
Progesterone Serum
Urine analysis (dipstick) Urine


If you have any questions regarding laboratory tests please call the office on 01834 860871 or email


Repeat Prescriptions

Requests for repeat prescriptions can be made by email, phone or by completing the form opposite.

We follow strict legal guidelines when dispensing medications and require a minimum of 24 hours notice to enable time for the approval, ordering and preparation of these.

Prescriptions for online pharmacies etc. are available from this practice at a fee of £19.00 (incl. VAT).

You may obtain Prescription Only Medicines (POM-V) directly from our pharmacy or ask for a paper prescription to obtain these from another Veterinary Surgeon or pharmacy.

We will only prescribe medications for animals registered with us, and have been seen and/or already receiving treatment. To comply with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons regulations we cannot supply medications or a prescription without having seen the animal.

The general policy within this practice is to reassess patients within 6 months, or, at the Veterinary Surgeons own discretion. Reassessments may be carried out along side other routine work, i.e. vaccination or dentistry.

Providing your horse has been seen recently and once approved by the veterinary surgeon, your medications will be prepared. Collections can be from the main reception during normal office hours, or by Special Delivery posting i.e. from £8.50 for a small parcel.

Our post is collected daily at 4pm.