The Microbiology Unit provides a world class, high quality and comprehensive service to its clients.

The Microbiology Unit incorporates a number of laboratories including:

  • Antibiotic Residues
  • Forensics
  • Hormone and growth promoter testing
  • Water testing
  • Trichinella analysis
  • Bacteriology
  • Parasitology
  • Mycology
  • BSE
  • Environmental monitoring service
  • Meat and bone meal
  • PCR

The Microbiology Unit also has extensive experience in product evaluations and registration trials for the pharmaceutical industry.

Qualified staff, utilising the latest in diagnostic technology, assist in the diagnosis, management and prevention of a wide variety of bacteriological, parasitic and mycological diseases.

The Microbiology Unit is accredited to ISO17025 for 39 tests at the present time and is also GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) compliant. This accreditation meets the specific and defined requirements of clients.

The Microbiology Unit participates in research activities and is also involved in education programmes both on a national and international stage.

Professor Tom Buckley, Head of the Microbiology Unit, is a Microbiologist with a Masters degree from University College Dublin. Tom spent a number of years at the Veterinary College of Ireland prior to being employed by the Irish Equine Centre. He has published a number of peer reviewed papers in internationally recognised journals, including the American Journal of Veterinary Research, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Comparative Haematology International, Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Irish Medical Journal, Irish Veterinary Journal, Equine Veterinary Journal, to name but a few. Tom is a regular contributor to various magazines and papers. He is a Faculty Associate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at University College Dublin, Visiting Lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Limerick.

Ms. Siobhan Stanbridge is the Chief Technologist of the Microbiology Unit and she has over 20 years experience in the area of both human and veterinary diagnostics. She previously worked in the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology before joining the IEC.

Ms. Aisling Treacy, BSc, Mr. Joe Hehir, BSc, and Ms. Kerrie Kavanagh, MSc, are senior technologists within the Microbiology Unit and have a range of experience in their relevant fields. Aisling and Joe previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry while Kerrie worked in the food industry.

All laboratory staff in the Microbiology Unit are experienced science graduates and hold a BSc degree or equivalent. All staff are trained to the highest possible standards.