Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC

Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC

Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 30 June 2012

Laboratories Management Team

Dr Peter Graham
Managing Director

Paul Sandland
Finance Director

Diane Saffery
Commercial Manager

What we do

DLS is a first referral veterinary laboratory. We provide histology, pathology, haematology, chemistry and microbiology services to veterinary practices. DSL provides secondary referral services with our key area of expertise being endocrinology. DSL also provides precise assays which support the dosage regimes and patient monitoring of DVP's key products, Vetoryl and Felimazole.

Operational Structure

The Laboratories, employing 73 people, are run by an operational board of two senior managers and are supported by the Group Financial Controller who also sits on this board. DLS is located in Poulton-le-Fylde, Leeds and Swanscombe, and DSL is located at Sawston. Samples are received on a daily basis via post, couriers and our own collection service. Where the science allows, a same day or next day results service is provided.

Our Market

DLS's customers are UK commercial veterinary practices. We have historically provided support to companion animal practices; in the last two years we have introduced an increased range of farm animal and equine services. DSL provides some first level support similar to DLS to UK veterinary practices; their major area of specialisation is in very precise endocrine assays which it supplies directly to veterinary practices and other first referral laboratories.Dechra-van-livery.jpg

Key Strengths

We offer a high quality service with a very experienced team of veterinary pathologists who provide a fully interpreted results service on all samples received.


We have rebranded NationWide Laboratories to Dechra Laboratory Services and Cambridge Specialist Laboratories to Dechra Specialist Laboratories; the objective is to better integrate the businesses. We have implemented a changeover from externally provided logistics to an internal Group solution, utilising the NVS distribution structure to collect samples from veterinary clinics. This initiative reduces costs and improves customer service. We are at an advanced stage of the implementation of a new Laboratories information management, accounting and customer relationship software package, with a go-live targeted prior to the end of the 2012 calendar year. The new system will significantly enhance the Laboratories customer service offering.

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