Virbac has launched the Speed Reader, a laser-induced fluorescent reader that measures the concentration of biomarkers in serum and plasma.

Speed Reader can test for T4, Cortisol, CPSE, Progesterone and cCRP. Virbac highlights that it is the only in-clinic diagnostic biomarker test for CPSE, to screen dogs for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, of which 80% of intact male dogs over the age of 5 years old are at risk of developing (1,2).

Virbac says the Speed Reader gives practices an opportunity to increase in-clinic diagnostic testing, reduce their reliance on external laboratories, deliver immediate results and improve profitability.

Offered with an intuitive touch screen user interface and integrated printer, Speed Reader tests can be performed in as little as 15 minutes using a simple step-by-step procedure displayed on the touch screen. 

Andrew Connolly, Head of Marketing – Companion Animals at Virbac said: "The Speed Reader biomarker range is a fantastic addition to Virbac’s diagnostic portfolio.

"Not only does Speed Reader offer practices improved in-clinic diagnostic testing, but having listened to customer feedback we are also offering Speed Reader with transparent, straightforward pricing and without complex commitment contracts."

For more information, speak to your Virbac Territory Manager.


  1. Lowseth LA, Gerlach RF, Gillett NA, Muggenburg BA. Age-related changes in the prostate and testes of the beagle dog. Vet Pathol. 1990 Sep; 27(5):347-53.
  2. Mukaratirwa S, Chitura T. Canine subclinical prostatic disease: histological prevalence and validity of digital rectal examination as a screening test. J S Afr Vet Assoc. 2007; 78:66-8.

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