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About Us – veterinary laboratory under the microscope is an internationally renowned specialist diagnostic veterinary laboratory. Our expertise is in faecal screening for pathogenic and non-pathogenic internal parasites.

So what does this actually mean? Well, in very simple terms, you send us your animal’s poo and our analysts screen it for worms. Owners have told us that acting quickly on our recommendations may have saved their animals’ lives.

Our reputation has been built on hundreds of word of mouth recommendations for being cost-effective, fast, friendly, highly reliable and professional. Clients who use us once come back – again and again.

We know from the great feedback from our clients that the most important aspect of our first class service is excellent communication. Our experienced and dedicated team is always happy to discuss any aspect of your animal’s worm count and results.

In other words: we love to talk to you. Our clients and their animals really, really matter to us. As animal owners ourselves we know how much part of the family they become, and therefore how important they are.

Our Animal Health Advisers, registered with the Animal Medicines Training and Regulatory Authority (AMTRA), will also discuss appropriate remedial action for your animal. It is all part of our service for you.


Meet the team

Michaela Murray ESQP, MBSP, MRMS

Laboratory Director and Senior Analyst. Michaela is qualified and registered by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate to prescribe and advise on Veterinary medicines within the legal categories of NFA-VPS and POM-VPS for companion animals and equines.  She is a member of the British Society for Parasitologists, the Royal Microscopical Society and a registered Animal Medicines Training and Regulatory Authority (AMTRA) Animal Health Advisor. Michaela trained as a ‘worm counter’ in 1999 and has worked both in Germany and the Netherlands as well as in the UK. She founded Veterinary Laboratory in 2008.

Sue Shipley

Biomedical Scientist and Analyst. Sue joined the team in March 2014, bringing 37 years’ laboratory expertise as a Senior Biomedical Scientist in pathology. Her specialist activity as part of the team is pathogenic parasitology. Sue is also our internal quality auditor and is an experienced NVQ trainer and assessor. When not in the lab, Sue can usually be found surrounded by her horse, dog and many chickens (all worm counted).


Lesley Irwing

Analyst. Lesley originally trained and worked as an accountant. Having accumulated a wealth of hands-on experience with horses, rabbits and reptiles over many years, Lesley saw the light and re-trained as an analyst. She joined in 2013. In her leisure time, Lesley breeds and shows champion Bengal cats (also worm counted.)


Charlotte Murray BSc (Hons)

Analyst. Charlie’s passion for parasitology began while she was still at school, undertaking work experience at a veterinary practice. In 2012 she graduated from university with a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, and now conducts on-site testing ‘in the field’. She is currently working on a specialist research project.


David Murray MSc FRSA

Business Development. David heads our back-office team. With over 30 years’ management experience in the public and private sectors, he has overall responsibility for business administration, corporate analysis and development, running the website and all our other internet social media sites – as well as making the tea. David has not yet been worm counted!

Lynn Haswell MICFS

Administrator. Lynn is a qualified Farm Secretary. Her keen eye for detail ensures that everything runs smoothly and keeps us all from descending into chaos.