The HBLB Codes of Practice on equine diseases recommend testing horses before breeding for three types of bacteria: the contagious equine metritis organism (CEMO), orTaylorella equigenitalis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Samples should be sent to a laboratory within the HBLB Registration Scheme for testing.
HBLB registration is only available to laboratories that successfully complete two Quality Assessment (QA) tests per year. The Veterinary Laboratories Agency of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) conducts the QA testing on HBLB's behalf.
HBLB's scheme for registration of laboratories for the purposes of testing for the CEMO, P. aeruginosa and K. pneumoniae runs annually from 1 December to 30 November. The register of approved laboratories is published on the Codes of Practice website.
For further information please contact the HBLB Equine Grants Team.