About Us

VLSI was established in 2007 by Mark Diamond and Andrew Torrance (co-founders of Torrance Diamond Diagnostic Services) and Lucy Gaffney (a microbiologist and entrepreneur who founded DNA Ireland).
Together Torrance, Diamond and Gaffney have grown VLSI from it’s humble beginnings into Ireland’s leading commercial veterinary laboratory. 
On the 1st of November 2017, VLSI joined the SYNLAB Group.

VLSI Ltd is a veterinary diagnostics laboratory established  in Cork City in 2007 and dedicated to providing quality laboratory services to small and large animal practices across Ireland.
Our aim is to deliver a world class personalised service that truly helps and supports vets in their provision of animal medicine.
Our specialist areas are companion animals and exotic animals. Our competencies embrace all aspects of clinical pathology and are best displayed in how we shape our activities to meet the particular needs of our clients. We deliver not just timely results, but clear expert reports, (combining all aspects of clinical pathology), diagnoses and suggested treatments.

The laboratory is based at premises in  Cork City and is staffed by highly trained and experienced technical personnel. We aim to carry out routinely requested diagnostic testing in-house which will result in more accurate results with a faster turnaround time. The laboratory is fronted by Andy Torrance, recognised as a specialist by two American Colleges, Veterinary Internal Medicine and Pathology, the European college of Veterinary Clinical Pathology and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Since July 2001 he had co-founded 6 laboratories in the UK which provide an accessible, personal and expert diagnostic service to veterinary surgeons in practice. This venture with Irish colleagues is bringing the same diagnostic expertise and philosophy of service to Ireland.
A courier service is now well  established in Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Waterford collecting samples from local practices. Through our various logistical partners , we are now able to offer a courier service to any practice in the country.


Amy Browne, BSc Veterinary Science (Team Lead)
Sabrina Laatz, BSc Zoology

Biochemistry and Immunology

Rachael Neenan, MSc Molecular Cell Biology

Microbiology and Serology

Shane Murray, BSc Microbiology (Team Lead)
Cathal McCarthy, BSc Microbiology

Specimen Reception

Nichola Devlin, MSc Biochemistry 


Emma O'Brien, BSc Plant Biotechnology
Danny Franklin, BSc Zoology

Key laboratory personnel at our Cork laboratory

VPG SYNLAB Management Team

CEO, Arnaud Gueny

Managing Director, Dr. Andrew Torrance

Director of Operations, Emma Cake

Laboratory Director (Cork), Lucy Gaffney

Laboratory Director (Exeter) , Dr. Andy Torrance

Laboratory Director (Herts), Fiona Brooks

Laboratory Director (Bristol), Tim Scase

Laboratory Director (Leeds), Karen Scott