Test Information

To locate information on a particular test, click on the relevant letter and follow the trail. eg To find information on sample requirements, test availability and turnaround time for FeLV, click on "F" and then click on the relevant test (FeLV soluble Ag or FeLV IFA).

To download a copy of our lab request form please click link below:

Lab Request Form


Dermatophilus Smear
Suitable Sample:
  • Scabs & hair

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • Culture plate alone

 

Minimum Sample Size:
Turnaround Time:
  • 1 working day (12 hours)

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request Test

 

Comments:
Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
Internal Codes: D07
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume: N/A
Diabetic monitoring panel - canine or feline
(Monitoring panel - diabetic (canine or feline)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC , FL and urine
Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2ml whole blood
Turnaround Time:
  • 4 hours
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:
  • Includes glucose, fructosamine, urine M,C&S.
Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: BDMP
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
Digoxin
Suitable Sample:
  • PC - Vetpath supplied Z Serum Clot Activator vacuettes are suitable. 

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
  • Gel separated clot activator (gel absorbs digoxin from sample)
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2.0 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 2 working days

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request Test

 

Comments:
  • Collect blood 8-10 hours post-dose (4-7 days after start or change in treatment). Do not use serum tubes that contain activator.
  • More information on monitoring of therapeutic drugs is available on this webpage.
Internal Use Only: Client information sheet  DCI-01 Drug Monitoring gives collection times for therapeuic monitoring of a range of drugs.
    Internal Codes: B11
    Internal Laboratory: WDP ......... need to check on specific requirements, eg gel activator not suitable
    Internal Test Volume: N/A
    Distemper Antibody Titre by IFA
    (Canine Distemper Virus Antibody Titre by IFA)
    Suitable Sample:
    • PC

     

    Unsuitable Sample:
    • EDTA
    • LH
    • CIT
    Minimum Sample Size:
    • 1 mL whole blood

     

    Turnaround Time:
    • CDV IFA titre is run Tuesday & Thursday
    • Cutoff time 7pm previous working weekday
    • Results available the same day
    Request/Test Included in:
    • CDV antibody titres by IFA
    • Combined CDV & CPV IFA titre (sample requirements are the same as for CDV alone, both tests run the same day)
    Comments: Canine Parvovirus (CPV) and Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) are serious viral pathogens in dogs that have been very well controlled with the use of vaccinations. Annual revaccination of dogs has been an industry norm that is being challenged due to increasing proof that protective immunity lasts for longer than one year (and often longer than 4 years) and the knowledge that vaccinations may in some cases have detrimental side effects ranging from anaphylaxis to immune-mediated disease.

    Rather than merely stopping annual vaccination, dogs may have their immune status assessed to determine whether vaccination is indicated or not. This is particularly pertinent in at risk animals. Serological titre tests have been designed to measure the IgG levels and studies have shown that protection from infection can be determined with these tests. Further studies have shown that the IFA method is comparable to the gold standard haemagglutination test for CPV and the virus neutralisation test for CDV.

    INTERPRETATION:

    • Titres of less than 1:5 are considered seronegative and (re) vaccination is recommended.
    • Titres of >1:5 are considered seropositive.
    • Titres of >1:5 but <1:20 indicate that revaccination should be considered, especially if disease exposure risk is increased.
    • Dogs with titres of >1:20 probably do not require revaccination.
    Internal Use Only:
    • Original file 21-07-2004
    • Serial dilutions are performed from 1:5 with four fold diltions to 1:80 (greater dilutions may be requested in some instances - charges are negotiable.
    • Samples can still be sent to Biobest in Scotland; this is done only if the client specifically requests it.
    • Store samples at 2-8oC
    Internal Codes:
    • S12F (CDV  by IFA)
    • S14F (combination CDV & CPV by IFA, no adenovirus)
    • S12L (CDV by IFA for laboratory)
    • S14L (combination CDV and CPV for laboratory)
    Internal Laboratory: VP
    Internal Test Volume: 100 uL to 200 uL is needed per test
    Distemper Antibody Titre by VN
    (Canine Distemper Virus Antibody Titre by VN)
    Suitable Sample:
    • PC

     

    Unsuitable Sample:
    • EDTA
    • LH
    • CIT
    • FL
    Minimum Sample Size:
    • 3 ml whole blood

     

    Turnaround Time:
    • Up to 4 weeks

     

    Request/Test Included in:
    • Request test

     

    Comments:
    • Distemper serology can also be done by IFA at Vetpath

     

    Internal Use Only:
    • If only canine distemper serology is required, use IFA
    • The VN (virus neutralisation) test is used only when specifically requested by the client
    • Samples are sent on Mondays and results are returned within two weeks.
    Internal Codes:
    • S12B Distemper Ab by VN (virus neutralisation)
    • S15B Combination distemper, parvo and adenovirus all done at Biobest 
    Internal Laboratory: Biobest, Scotland
    Internal Test Volume: 1 ml clear serum
    DNA Sexing (Avian)
    (Sex testing (Avian) by DNA Analysis)
    Suitable Sample:
    • Either blood or feathers may be submitted, but blood is the preferred sample.
    • Blood: Heparinised blood is required. From small birds, a few drops is sufficient.
    • Feathers: From small birds, two primary feathers are required. For medium-sized birds two secondary flight or tail feathers are sufficient. For larger birds, breast or back feathers may be taken.
    Unsuitable Sample:
    • Mature chest feathers are unlikely to yield DNA for testing.
    • Feathers that have been collected from the ground or moulted feathers are not suitable.
    • Clipped feathers cannot be tested.
    Minimum Sample Size:
    Turnaround Time:
    • 2-3 weeks

     

    Request/Test Included in:
    • Request test

     

    Comments:
    • One sample per container as it is important to avoid contamination.

     

    Internal Use Only:
    • Samples going to Biobest, can be done on feathers or LH blood, but prefer LH blood.
    • No longer being sent to DNA Solutions for sex determination (20/3/07)
    Internal Codes: G06
    Internal Laboratory: BioBest, UK
    Internal Test Volume:
    DNA testing
    (Genetic Testing)
    Suitable Sample:
    Unsuitable Sample:
    Minimum Sample Size:
    Turnaround Time:
    Request/Test Included in:
    Comments:
    • Contact the labatories listed below, but note that the samples do not come to VETPATH and you must deal with these laboratories directly; samples are not sent to VETPATH.

    Internal Use Only:
    • They will not deal via diagnostic laboratories.
    • Must deal directly with VetGen inthe USA (or their Australian agent GenTest); see their website for details.
    • Website address: http://www.vetgen.com
    • Also can use http://www.animalnetwork.com.au/
    • Testing is available for cWD, PD deficiency (Basenjis), PFK deficiency (ESS, ACS), copper toxicosis (Bedlingtons), PRA in Irish Setters, colour coat prediction (Labradors)
    Internal Codes:
    Internal Laboratory:
    Internal Test Volume:
    Drug Testing - Recreational drugs (all species)
    Suitable Sample:
    • Urine

     

    Unsuitable Sample:
    • Blood

     

    Minimum Sample Size:
    • 2 mL if need to include barbiturates
    Turnaround Time:
    • 48 hours

     

    Request/Test Included in:
    • Request test
    Comments: Detects:
    • Alcohol
    • Benzodiazepam (Valium)
    • THC/cannabis/marijuana
    • Cocaine metabolites
    • Amphetamines
    • Opiates
    • Methadone
    • Barbituates 
    Internal Use Only:
    • Send to WDP Myaree
    Internal Codes: X11
    Internal Laboratory: WDP
    Internal Test Volume: 2ml