- Hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, diagnostic cytology testing
- Blood banking
Samples received after 4 p.m. will be tested the next business day unless an afterhours fee is charged. In-clinic patient testing is available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon, will only be preliminary. Send-in/research samples are not processed on holidays or weekends. After-hours fee will be assessed for samples submitted after 4 p.m.
- Please include a completed Clinical Pathology requisition form. Include the veterinary clinic/veterinarian, address, and fax/telephone information.
- Patient information should include full name, age, sex, species/breed and history.
- All samples should be labeled with patient name.
- Date of blood draw or sample collection should be on the form.
- Samples should be received same day or shipped overnight on a cold pack, unless it is a slide cytology.
- Serum, plasma samples should be separated from the RBCs.
- An air-dried differential slide should be made if a CBC is ordered. The slide should be protected from freezing/heat exposure and should not be packaged with formalin fixed tissues.
- NOTE: Ideally, shipping over the weekend or a holiday is not optimal for sample integrity. It is best to avoid this unless necessary.
- Fluid cytologies, when possible, should have an air-dried direct slide made to preserve cellular integrity.
- Cytologies should include sample site or fluid type with description of the lesion and any relevant history.
- Cytology samples should not be packaged with formalin fixed tissues.
- For cytology submissions requiring additional information, please attach a second page, preferably typed.
Resubmit a Sample
Samples are received under the same accession number and are not charged an additional test fee unless there is an additional shipping charge. To resubmit samples, follow the original guidelines for submitting specimens. Samples cannot be resubmitted after 14 days.
Samples submitted to the Clinical Pathology Lab are saved for one week in the refrigerator. If additional testing is desired during this time, please notify the laboratory to determine if there is enough volume and sample integrity to run the test. CSF serum titer samples are saved frozen fortwo months. CSF titer samples are refrigerated for two weeks. Slides for cytologies are kept for a minimum of three years.
In-clinic patients: Clinical Pathology services for in-house patients are charged to the patient account upon accessioning and are invoiced to the client at time of discharge. Any additional testing requested by the clinician on the case after discharge will be charged to the client and billed.
Send-in sample testing: There is no additional fee for send-in specimens. The Clinical Pathology laboratory cannot receive samples sent in by the owner without an attending veterinarian on the case. The test results and invoice will be given to the attending veterinarian. We can only give results to the attending veterinarian.
STAT requests include an additional fee and are not available for all tests.
|After-Hours fee||After-Hours fees will apply starting at 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, holidays, weekends (excluding in-clinic patient testing from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays)|
|Federal Express shipping fee||Most send-out tests will also have a FedEx shipping and handling charge applied|
|Antech IDEXX shipping and processing fee||Some send-out tests will have a sample processing fee instead of a FedEx fee|
|Albumin||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Alkaline phosphatase (ALP)||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT)||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Ammonia (in-clinic cases only)||heparin|
|Full tube collected||most||same day|
|Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Pre Bile Acids||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Post Bile Acids||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Blood Urea nitrogen (BUN)||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Calcium||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Chloride||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Cholesterol||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Creatine Kinase (CK)||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Creatinine||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Gamma Glutamyltransferase (GGT)||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Glucose||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Magnesium||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Phosphorus||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Potassium||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Rumen Chloride||Rumen||Free fluid||ruminants||same day|
|Sorbitol Dehydrogenase (SDH)||serum||200 μl||large animal||same day|
|Sodium||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Total Bilirubin||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|TC02||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Total Protein||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Triglycerides||serum||200 μl||most||same day|
|Test||Specimen||Min Volume||Species||Turnaround||Profile includes|
|Agriculture animal profile||serum||0.5 ml||bovine, caprine, ovine, camelids, other||same day||SDH,GGT, AST, ALP, CK, BUN, Creatinine, Glucose, Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, TCO2, Anion Gap|
|Equine profile||serum||0.5 ml||equine||same day||SDH,GGT, AST, ALP, CK, BUN, Creatinine, Glucose, Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, Total Bilirubin, Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, TCO2, Anion Gap|
|Small animal profile||serum||0.5 ml||canine, feline, other||same day||ALT, ALP, Cholesterol, BUN, Creatinine, Glucose, Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, Total Bilirubin, Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, TCO2, Anion Gap|
|Renal Mini profile||serum||200 μl||most species||same day||BUN, Creatinine, Phosphorus|
|Large Animal Liver||serum||200 μl||equine, camelids, bovine, caprine, ovine, other||SDH, GGT|
|Small Animal Liver||serum||200 μl||canine, feline||same day||ALT, ALP, Total Bilirubin|
|Electrolytes||serum/heparin plasma||200 μl||most species||same day||Sodium, Potassium, Chloride|
|Avian Profile||heparin plasma||200 μl||avian||same day||AST, Bile acids, CK, Uric acid, Glucose, Calcium, Phosphorus, T. protein, Albumin, Globulin, Potassium, Sodium (Vetscan™ ) Analyzer|
|Prothrombin Time (OSPT)||Sodium citrate 3.2% plasma tube||2.7 ml||most species||same day|
|Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APTT)||Sodium citrate 3.2% plasma tube||2.7 ml||most species||same day|
|Thrombelastography (TEG)||Sodium citrate 3.2% plasma tube||2.7 ml||canine, feline, equine|
|Due to the integrity of the sample /special tubes, the coagulation tests are usually for in-clinic patients only.
Samples for TEG must be submitted within an hour of sampling & the lab should be notified in advance.
|Complete blood count (CBC)||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||most species||same day||WBC count, RBC count, Platelet count, Hgb, Hct, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, MPV, manual differential, RBC morphology. (plasma protein is included if paired chemistry profile is not analyzed)|
|Avian CBC||EDTA whole blood|
(NOTE: ratites "emus, ostrich" and crows should be drawn in Heparin)
|200 μl||avian, reptiles||same day||WBC count, manual differential, spun Hct, plasma protein, platelet estimate, RBC morphology, blood parasite evaluation|
|CBC with Fibrinogen||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||equine, bovine, ovine, caprine, camelids, other||same day||WBC count, RBC count, Platelet count, Hgb, Hct, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, MPV, manual differential, RBC morphology, plasma protein, fibrinogen. (Manual PCV and calculated indices are run for camelids)|
|CBC without differential||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||most species||same day||WBC count, RBC count, Platelet count, Hgb, Hct, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, MPV|
|Blood smear pathologist review||Blood smear||NA||most species||same day||Slide review by pathologist to detect abnormal cells, parasites/protozoa|
|Slide differential||Blood smear or EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||most species||same day||Slide WBC differential, WBC Estimate, WBC, RBC and platelet morphology|
|Fibrinogen||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||equine, bovine ovine, caprine, camelids, other||same day||fibrinogen, plasma protein|
|Platelet count||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||most species||same day||platelet count, MPV, slide review|
|PCV/plasma protein (refractometer)||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||most species||same day|
|Reticulocyte count||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||most species||same day||includes: absolute reticulocyte and percent reticulocyte. Camelids are run manually NOTE: reticulocyte counts should be done same day as the blood draw)|
|WBC count||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||most species||same day|
|Avian differential only||blood smear or EDTA whole blood||avian, reptiles||same day|
|Knotts test||EDTA whole blood||1 ml||canine, feline||same day|
|Urinalysis||urine in sample cup, red top tube||most species||same day||sample collection type, color, transparency, specific gravity, sulfosalicylic acid protein precipitation, dipstick pH, hemoglobin, ketones, bilirubin, glucose. Microscopic exam for RBC, WBC, casts, epithelial cells, crystals, other.|
|Urine protein/creatinine ratio||urine in sample cup, red top tube||0.5 ml||most species||same day||urine microprotein, urine creatinine, ratio|
|Giardia Antigen||fresh feces in sample cup||most species||same day|
|Occult Blood||fresh feces in sample cup||canine, feline|
|Slide cytology||slides||most species||same day if received before 3:30pm|
|Fluid cytology||EDTA||1-2ml preferred.|
For send-in samples, a direct air dried smear of the fluid should be sent with the fluid when possible
|most species||same day if received before 3:30pm||Fluid cytology usually includes WBC count, Hct (PCV), refractometer protein specific gravity, description of fluid, mucin clot (joint fluids). Cytologic evaluation of TTW and BAL fluid only includes microscopic evaluation.|
|Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cytology||AO or LS CSF in EDTA. Red top tube if titers and cultures needed||most species||same day if received before 3:30pm||CSF fluid cytology includes: description of fluid, WBC count, RBC count, CSF chemistries of glucose, microprotein, creatine kinase, and cytologic examination|
|Bone Marrow||bone marrow slides, bone marrow in EDTA, Current CBC||most species||same day if received before 3:30pm|
|Buffy coat||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||most species||same day if received before 3:30pm|
|Alkaline Phosphatase stain||cytology slides, non-fixed, unstained||canine||same day|
|Canine DEA 1.1 typing||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||canine||same day|
|Feline blood typing||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||feline||same day|
|Canine Coombs||EDTA whole blood||0.5 ml||canine||same day|
|Small animal crossmatch||EDTA whole blood||2 ml from patient, Blood bag snippets or 2 ml EDTA from donor||canine, feline||same day|
|Equine crossmatch||EDTA whole blood / red top tube||2 ml from patient and donors||equine||equine same day|
|Blood transfusion products are for in-clinic patients only|
|Cortisol pre/post||serum||1ml||canine, feline, equine||same day if received before 3pm|
|T4 total||serum||1ml||canine, feline other species will be sent out||same day if received before 3pm|
|Progesterone||serum||1ml||canine||same day if received before 3pm|
|Phenobarbital||serum||1ml||most species||same day if received before 3pm|
|Blood gas *||anaerobic lithium heparin syringe||0.5 ml minimum||most species||same day||pH, pCO2, pO2, O2 saturation, HCO3, base excess, TCO2|
|Blood gas/lytes *||special heparinized syringe||0.5 ml minimum||most species||same day||blood gas, sodium, potassium, chloride|
|Blood gas plus *||special heparinized syringe||0.5 ml minimum||most species||same day||pH, pCO2, pO2, O2 saturation, HCO3, base excess, TCO2, Ionized magnesium, lactate, Ionized calcium|
|Lytes||special heparinized syringe||0.5 ml minimum||most species||same day||Sodium, potassium, chloride|
|Blood gas/lytes plus *||special heparinized syringe||0.5 ml minimum||most species||same day||pH, pCO2, pO2, O2 saturation, HCO3, base excess, TCO2, Sodium, potassium, chloride, Ionized magnesium, lactate, Ionized calcium|
|Ionized magnesium*||special heparinized syringe||0.5 ml minimum||most species||same day|
|Ionized calcium*||special heparinized syringe||0.5 ml minimum||most species||same day|
|Lactate*||special heparinized syringe||0.5 ml minimum||most species||same day|
|Ethylene Glycol||EDTA plasma||200 μl||most species||same day|
|Occult Heartworm antigen||plasma, serum||200 μl||canine, feline||same day|
|Snap 4DX plus||plasma, serum, whole blood||200 μl||mostly canine||same day||includes: E. canis/E. ewingii, A. phagocytophilum, B. burgdorferi/ A. platys and heartworm|
|Snap cPL canine pancreatic lipase||serum||200 μl||canine|
|Snap fPL feline pancreatic lipase||serum||200 μl||feline|
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