Poulton (Head Office): 01253 899215

Established in 1983


North Western Laboratories Ltd. was established in 1983 as an independent veterinary laboratory providing diagnostic services for veterinary surgeons throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

In 2002 the laboratory became part of the Dechra Pharmaceuticals Group.



On 1st April 2003 North Western Laboratories Ltd changed its trading name to Nationwide Laboratories.  Nationwide Laboratories is a multi-disciplinary laboratory with a commitment to quality of service through proficiency testing and rigorous quality assessment and assurance.



In April 2007, NationWide Laboratories acquired Leeds Veterinary Laboratories Ltd. LV Labs in Leeds was established in 1986 offering a full range of veterinary services and brought experience and additional services to the business.

Both the Nationwide Laboratories site at Poulton and the Leeds site are UKAS accredited testing laboratories – 1733 & 2529

The laboratories offer over 1200 test options across the full range of clinical pathology disciplines and diagnostic services.



In April 2012 we changed our trading name to Dechra Laboratory Services

Our sister laboratory, Cambridge Specialist Laboratory Services was formed in 1998 by a small group of scientists and technicians with many years of experience in veterinary diagnostics and radioimmunoassay. They saw a demand for the provision of a unique level of analytical quality in the field of veterinary endocrinology.

In April 2012 Cambridge Specialist Laboratory Services changed their trading name to Dechra Specialist Laboratories.



In June 2013 we were divested by Dechra Pharmaceuticals and became NationWide Laboratories again this time as part of National Veterinary Services Ltd (NVSL) along with National Veterinary Services the largest UK veterinary wholesaler.

On 15th August 2013 NVSL was acquired by Paterson Companies Inc and became part of the Veterinary Division of Patterson.



Since then the labs business has gone from strength to strength and in April 2015 we were fortunate enough to be able to acquire Abbey Veterinary Services and CAPL making for a broader stronger service offering for NationWide Laboratories. CAPL brought enhanced Microbiology expertise whilst Abbey Veterinary Services gave the business greater depth in histology experience.