Veterinary Clinical Pathologist Job Opportunity

Date: 19 / 12 / 2017

Are you an energetic, personable, talented Clinical Pathologist , motivated by high quality diagnostic work with an eye for innovation? If you are, we have a great position for you.

TDDS and our colleagues in the Veterinary Pathology Group (six laboratories including Bridge Pathology), now part of Europe-wide SYNLAB group,  offer a complete, expert, accessible, fast, innovative, private courier-based diagnostic service across the UK and Ireland. We are the UK benchmark for cytology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry, diagnostic PCR and toxicology. Our client base ranges from rural practices in Southern Ireland to all the privately owned referral centres in the UK.

The position is available at the Exeter Laboratory (TDDS) but a suitable candidate could have the choice of our laboratories in Hitchin (North of London) or Leeds.  Applicants should be board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, European College of Veterinary Pathologists or Royal College of Pathologists, although experienced applicants who are sitting their postgraduate examinations in the next year will also be considered.  Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience, CPD being encouraged, expected and accommodated.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and covering letter by email to Dr Andy Torrance at  For informal enquiries please contact Andy directly at Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

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Christmas Opening Hours 2017

Date: 30 / 11 / 2017

Friday 22nd December – Open 8.30am – 5.30pm

Saturday 23rd December - Open 8.30am – 12.30pm

Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve) – Closed

Monday 25th December (Christmas Day) – Closed

Tuesday 26thDecember (Boxing Day) – Closed

Wednesday 27th December – Open 8.30am – 5.30pm
TDDS courier network is operating

Thursday 28th December - Open 8.30am – 5.30pm
TDDS courier network is operating

Friday 29th December – Open 8.30am – 5.30pm

Saturday 30th December – Open 8.30am – 12.30pm

Sunday 31st December (New Year’s Eve) – Closed

Monday 1st January (New Year’s Day) - Closed

Tuesday 2nd January – Open 8.30am – 5.30pm
TDDS courier network is operating

Wednesday 3rd January – Open 8.30am – 5.30pm
TDDS courier network is operating


Christmas Batched run test schedule

qPCR - PCR’s will be run on Thursday 21st, Thursday 28th December and Tuesday 2nd January reported the next day. 

TgAB – Will be run on Wednesday 27th December, results available the same day. 

Sarcoptes – Will be run on Wednesday 27th December and Tuesday 2rd January, results available the same day.

Toxoplasma Titre – Will be run on Wednesday 27th December, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th, results available the next day.

Troponin – Will be run on Wednesday 27th and Tuesday 2nd January, results available the same day.

Aspergillus – Will be run on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th, results available after 48 hours.

All other tests will be run on their normal days, for more information on our test schedule please call 01392 247914

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VPG and SYNLAB Merger

Date: 06 / 11 / 2017

This is to let you know that TDDS as part of the Veterinary Pathology Group, has joined forces with SYNLAB.  SYNLAB is Europe’s leading laboratory diagnostics company operating in 37 different countries and delivering a range of services including human, veterinary, food and environmental testing. We are confident that this transaction will continue to support our focus on delivery of the highest quality service, whilst greatly increasing our resources.

In the UK, SYNLAB has partnerships with the NHS where it has long term contracts to deliver investment to develop new laboratories, equipment, IT infrastructure and process improvements. This includes Taunton, Yeovil, Southend and Basildon hospitals and The Christie, the specialist oncology hospital in Manchester. The Veterinary Pathology Group is their first investment in the Veterinary Market in the UK.  SYNLAB specialises in delivering top quality laboratory services and neither owns veterinary practices nor has plans to do so.

As a valued client of TDDS we thought it would be helpful to inform you of the ways in which this will support and enhance the services we offer you:

  • Continued provision of an accessible, competitive and independent laboratory service available to all Veterinary practices in the UK and Ireland.
  • Efficient courier networks to provide a seamless and fast service
  • Increased resourcing of our diagnostic innovation in the areas in which we already have a special reputation including histopathology, immunohistochemistry, cytology, immunocytochemistry, molecular diagnostics (PCR) and toxicology
  • Investigation and resourcing of innovation throughout the sphere of veterinary diagnostics , eg., genetic testing, to provide new and better diagnostic services for veterinary practice
  • Formalisation of our steadfast commitment to training expert pathologists by forming an academy for veterinary surgeons who want to become specialists in pathology
  • Investigation of areas of common interest in which sophisticated human facilities can be applied to veterinary patients eg., category III facilities for the investigation of TB
  • Founding of new local laboratories to better support our clients

Importantly, there will be no change in the day-to-day delivery of our service. The management team will remain as the current leaders of the Veterinary Pathology Group:  Andy Torrance, Tim Scase, Roger Powell, Nick Carmichael, Karen Scott, Lucy Gaffney, Oliver Coldrick, Emma Cake and Mark Diamond.

There are exciting times ahead for the Veterinary Pathology Group and SYNLAB and as ever to realise these goals we will depend upon your engagement and feedback.

With very best regards


Andy Torrance

Director TDDS, Veterinary Pathology Group and Co-Managing Director, SYNLAB Vet UK


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