Why Rainbow Equine Lab?

Rainbow Equine Lab was set-up to provide laboratory support to veterinary practices and trainers across the North. Our objective was to complete the range of services which the hospital provides and to provide better continuity of care for the vets, trainers and owners that rely on us. By combining the skills of experienced laboratory technicians with experts in equine internal medicine, reproduction and surgery we believe we can provide a service without equal in the region. We can, and do, receive samples from further afield.


Our aim is to provide you with results of a quality and accuracy that is unsurpassed and to get them to you faster. Our intention is not to be the biggest, but to be the best and to offer a more bespoke service. In addition to generating results, we provide interpretations and support from clinicians who are recognised experts in their respective fields and work in busy private equine practice. We know and understand equine practice and this is reflected in the service and advice you will receive. Testing is subject to both internal and external quality assurance procedures.


The laboratory is staffed from 8:30am to 6pm weekdays and from 9am to 5.30pm on Saturdays meaning there is always someone to answer any queries.  After hours you can contact the laboratory via the hospital number 01653 6595743. We are unique in offering a full laboratory service on Saturdays.


Our aim is not to be the cheapest but to be the most reliable and we will not compromise on the quality and the validity of the results we provide. We invest in the tests that are supported by published evidence or, where this is lacking across the board, credible unpublished validation data. That said, comparing like for like we will not be beaten on price. Laboratory supplies and standard postage are all provided free of charge. We reserve the right to adjust prices in line with changes made by external laboratories and suppliers.

Discount Structure

It is important to us that you are rewarded for your support and see value in laboratory testing. We therefore apply a turn-over based rebate scheme.


Results of routine analyses start to be reported from around 11am on the day of receipt with other results following thereafter. We aim for all routine haematology, biochemistry and endocrinology results to be reported by 2pm. Samples that you (or we) judge to be urgent are prioritised.

We are pleased to support charitable institutions and clinical research studies and do so on a not-for-profit basis.


Please contact us to discuss preferential pricing for bulk samples or bespoke pricing for specific profiles or requests.

Contact details

General laboratory enquiries:

Tel: 01653 919000 (laboratory direct line)

For information on our services please visit the Laboratory Services page.