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


Haemobartonella felis (Mycoplasma haemofelis) - smear
(Blood Parasites eg M haemofelis, Trypanosomes, Babesia)
Suitable Sample:
  • Air-dried blood smear
  • EDTA blood
Unsuitable Sample:
  • PC

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • 0.5 mL if submitting blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 4 Hours

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • If looking for Mycoplasma haemofelis (Haemobartonella felis) then capillary blood (no anticoagulant) is most likely to yield positive results in infected cats.

 

Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: P01
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume: Blood smear
Haemoglobin
Suitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Unsuitable Sample:
  • PC

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 3 hours (CBC)

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • CBC
  • Appropriate profiles
Comments:
Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
Internal Codes:
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
Heartworm Antigen
Suitable Sample:
  • PC
  • EDTA
  • LH
Unsuitable Sample:
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Same day

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • Can be used in dogs and cats, but for cats, screen first with a heartworm antibody test.
  • Can also be used in ferrets.
Internal Use Only: More sensitive as a screening test than microfilaria concentration.
Internal Codes:
  • P13
  • P16
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
Heartworm Antigen for Export
Suitable Sample:
  • LH
  • EDTA
  • PC
Unsuitable Sample:
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Same day

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
Internal Use Only: Regulations require that the AGEN RIM test is used.
Internal Codes: Q-01
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
Heartworm Concentration for Microfilaria
Suitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Unsuitable Sample:
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Same day

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
Internal Codes:
  • P11-P12
  • P15-P16
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
Heartworm Microfilaria Identification
Suitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Unsuitable Sample:
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Same day

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • See comments

 

Comments:
  • Test is automatically done on all positive microfilaria tests.

 

Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
Internal Codes: P12A
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
Hendra (Equine Morbillivirus) ELISA
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Minimum Sample Size:
  • Minimum of 4 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Approximately 10 days, confirm with laboratory as may be longer.

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
Internal Use Only:
  • Goes to the Ag Dept
  • If the result is equivacol, then it is sent to AHHL, which takes significantly longer.
Internal Codes: SA7E
Internal Laboratory: Animal Health Laboratory, Dep't of Ag WA
Internal Test Volume: 1 ml serum ? (this was the AAHL requirement)
Hendra Virus SNT (feline, canine)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 3 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Approximately 10 days, but check with laboratory

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
Internal Use Only:
  • Set up in 2 batches per week - set up Monday and Friday mornings.

  • The sample will need to reach AAHL the day before (Friday for Mondays batch and Thursday for Fridays batch) in order to be set up the following day.

  • Results for Mondays batch are available Friday evening

  • Results from Fridays batch are available Monday evening.

  • This is a referred test for export purposes and is only available to clients within Australia.
  • Vetpath is DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, formerly AQIS) QAP (Quarantine Approved Premise) approved to import specific samples for certain testing. We are unable to refer imported international samples to other laboratories for export testing that we do not performed at our  premise. Please refer to http://www.daff.gov.au/biosecurity/import/general-info/qap if you require more information. 
Internal Codes: SG7O
Internal Laboratory: AAHL Geelong
Internal Test Volume: 1 mL serum
Hepatitis (Canine Adenovirus/Infectious canine hepatitis)
(Canine Adenovirus Antibody Titre)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

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

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Approximately 2 weeks

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • Samples are sent on Mondays and results are returned within two weeks.
  • Can be done as an individual test, or as a combination (distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus)
Internal Use Only:
  • Canine adenovirus (infectious canine hepatitis) testing is done at Biobest in Scotland
  • Unless specifically requested, distemper and parvovirus antibody titres requested at the same time as an adenovirus titre are done at Vetpath and only the adenovirus test sent to Biobest.
Internal Codes:
  • S13B (adenovirus by VN)
  • S15B (combination distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus ONLY IF ALL are going to Biobest)
  • U
Internal Laboratory: Biobest, Scotland
Internal Test Volume: 1 ml clear serum
Heptachlor
Suitable Sample:
  • Tissue (fat)
  • LH
Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • PC
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 5 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 10 working days

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
Internal Codes: X05
Internal Laboratory: ARL
Internal Test Volume:
Herpesvirus (Feline) Antibody Titre by IFA
(Feline Herpesvirus Antibody Titre by IFA)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

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

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Run Tuesday and Thursday
  • Cutoff is 7pm previous working weekday
  • Results available the same day
Request/Test Included in:
  • Individual test
  • Combined feline herpesvirus, calicivirus and panleukopenia
Comments: This test is a screening test to determine the level of specific antiviral IgG in the serum. The titre is used as a measure of the humoral immunity. It has been shown that a titre of 1:5 on IFA is considered the appropriate levels to provide protective immunity. Note that it is possible that lower titres are protective and the influence of the cell mediated response cannot be reliably assessed in this manner.

  • Cats with a titre of <1:5 may not be adequately protected and revaccination should be considered.
  • Cats with a titre of 1:5 but <1:20 may consider revaccination.
  • Cats with a titre of 1:20 or greater are considered protected and may not need revaccination. These animals should have their titre rechecked in approximately one year.
Internal Use Only:
  • Store 2-8oC
  • Serial dilutions are preformed from 1:5 with four-fold up to 1:80 (greater dilutions may be requested in some cases, charges are negotiable).
  • If the test is being done to detect exposure to calicivirus, acute specimens should be drawn at the start of illness and convalescent specimens should be obtained at 2 to 4 week intervals to check titre changes.
  • Samples can still be sent to Biobest in Scotland if the client requests this.
Internal Codes:
  • S27F
  • S27L for laboratories
  • S24F (combination calici, herpes, panleukopenia)
  • S24L (combination calici, herpes, panleu)
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
  • 50-100 uL serum for single tests
  • approximately 200 uL of serum for the combined tests
Herpesvirus (Feline) Detection by PCR
(Feline Respiratory Profile by PCR - Calicivirus, Herpes & Chlamydia)
Suitable Sample:
  • Swab of tears or exudate (see Comments)

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • Sample in transport medium.
  • Frozen sample.
Minimum Sample Size:
  • Single swab

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 5-10 days depending on day sample received.
  • Contact the laboratory to confirm.
Request/Test Included in:
  • Feline respiratory profile by PCR (not available as a single test)
Comments:
  • Use a dry sterile cotton swab to collect the sample.
  • Moisten the swab with tears or exudate and vigorously swab both conjunctival sacs or the appropriate lesion.
  • Place the swab in a sterile container and refrigerate.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Do not place in transport medium.
Internal Use Only:

 

  • Referral lab- WDP Myaree Molecular Department

  • Tested as required (results usually issued within 5 working weekdays from time of referral to WDP)
  • Chylamdia for species other than feline refer to Melb Uni

     

Internal Codes: G11
Internal Laboratory: WDP
Internal Test Volume:
Herpesvirus 1 (Equine) Antibody Titre (EHV1)
(Equine Herpesvirus 1 Antibody Titres)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC
  • If the sample is the first of a pair, please indicate this on the submission form so that the sample can be held and the pair processed together.
Unsuitable Sample:
  • LH
  • EDTA
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 4 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Up to 3 weeks 
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
  • It is essential to indicate if this is a single sample, or the first/second of a pair. All paired samples must be processed at the same time, even if the first of the pair has already been processed (ie it would need to be repeated)
Comments:
  • For detection of of a rise in Ab (indicative of current infection) paired sera (acute and convalescent) are required 14 days apart.
  • Paired samples must be processed at the same time; the first of the pair needs to be separated and frozen until the second sample arrives. If the first of the pair has already been processed, it will need to re-tested with the second sample (ie it would need to be run, and charged for, twice).
  • Store whole blood at 4oC, but if transport is delayed it is necessary to separate the serum/plasma from the cells.
  • Serum/plasma can be frozen at -20oC or -70oC (do not freeze whole blood).
Internal Use Only:
  • Now goes to the Ag Dept NOT Uni of Melbourne
  • Send separated if the sample will not be sent within 36 hours.
  • Transport cool (on ice).
  • Can be frozen.
Internal Codes: SV2 (single) SV3 (paired)
Internal Laboratory: AgWA
Internal Test Volume: 4ml whole blood
Herpesvirus 1 and 4 (Equine) by PCR
(Equine Herpesvirus (EHV-1 and 4) detection by PCR)
Suitable Sample:
  • Nasal swab not in culture media
Unsuitable Sample:
  • Fixed tissue
  • Frozen tissue
  • Blood
Minimum Sample Size:
  • Nasal swab
Turnaround Time:
  • Allow at least 10 working days

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Detection of EHV-1 and 4 by PCR

 

Comments:
Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: SV4
Internal Laboratory: Ag Dept
Internal Test Volume:
Histopathology
Suitable Sample:
  • Sample in formalin only

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • From April 2, 2007 tissues in Solufix can no longer be processed.

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • Need 1:10 ratio of sample to formalin
  • Need slices <1 cm thick 
Turnaround Time:
  • At least 3 working days

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • Standard histopathology includes up to 2 blocks from a lesion/organ and multiple submissions from the same site/organs (eg skin biopsies).
  • For WA metro clients VETPATH supplies formol saline - send your bottle and REQUEST REFILL
  • For non-WA metro clients, VETPATH suplies prefilled sealed containers of formol saline.
Internal Use Only:
  • From April 2007 tissues will be processed at WDP
  • Tissue that was previously fixed in Solufix and which cannot be resampled may be able to be processed at Uropath, but please check with John Jardine 
Internal Codes: T01 - T06
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
Hyperthyroid monitoring panel - feline
(Monitoring panel - hyperthyroid (feline))
Suitable Sample:
  • PC and urine
Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2ml whole blood
Turnaround Time:
  • 4 hours
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:
  • Includes total T4, urea, creatinine, urine protein:creatinine ratio (including SG and wet microscopy)
Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: EFHTP
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume: