Wickham Laboratories Ltd is a contract analytical testing laboratory that supports Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Healthcare and Veterinary industries. Located in Gosport, Hampshire, England, it was founded in 1963 and remains an independent company.
The company was founded by veterinarian, William B. Cartmell, B.V.Sc., who established a veterinary practice at Wickham, Fareham, Hampshire in 1954. Reputation of William’s work at the veterinary practice thrived and 6 more branches were established in South East Hampshire. To complement this growth in business, a small-and large-animal hospital facility was constructed. As well as offering treatments, the hospital developed diagnosis methods and so the inception of the laboratories was an outgrowth of this veterinary work.
In 1963, Wickham Laboratories was incorporated as a separate entity to provide in house services to the practices and to a broader section of the animal-health industry. These facilities rapidly evolved and services became conducive to general UK practitioners, farmers, animal feed companies and the poultry industry. Specific techniques were developed for on-farm use, such as pregnancy diagnosis, providing invaluable, new tools to the UK's animal husbandry industry. Wickham Laboratories also formed a sister company, SPF Farms Ltd whose work significantly contributed to the production of human and poultry vaccines worldwide.
On 6 May 2012, Wickham Laboratories Ltd announced their acquisition of a former GMP pharmaceutical manufacturing site in Gosport, Hampshire. Modification was made to existing laboratory areas to make them suitable for microbiology testing and some areas were built to a bespoke design. The laboratory areas represent approximately a doubling in floor space, allowing much room for possible further expansion.