Clinical pathology involves the laboratory evaluation of blood, fluids or body tissues in order to identify existing disease. Common laboratory tests that may be run for your pet include blood biochemistry, complete blood counts, blood clotting times, urinalysis, faecal tests, biopsy examination, cultures and infectious disease testing. These tests can provide you with a lot of information about your pet's health, as well as monitoring the progress of any disease.
Each of our clinics is equipped with in-house laboratory machines that allow your veterinarian to quickly perform some of these diagnostic tests to achieve an accurate and rapid diagnosis. This is especially important in very ill animals and those requiring immediate or emergency treatment. Some more extensive or specialised tests need to be sent away to be performed by an external veterinary laboratory.
Tests run on the in-house laboratory can provide your with results within minutes. Specialised testing may take 12-24 hours for blood results, several days for cultures or less common blood tests, or up to 14 days for biopsy results, depending on the nature of the test being performed. Ask your veterinarian when to call for your pet’s laboratory results.