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


IGF-1
(Insulin-like Growth Factor-1)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC
Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Allow at least 5 working days

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • A control patient is no longer required. 
  • The sample should be submitted to Vetpath within 1 - 2 days and be kept cool. 
  • Test is used for diagnosis of pituitary dwarfism and acromegaly.

 

Internal Use Only:
  • Now sent to WDP
Internal Codes: E29
Internal Laboratory: WDP
Internal Test Volume: 2 mL of serum
Immunocytochemistry
Suitable Sample:
  • Cytology smears
Unsuitable Sample:
  • Blood
Minimum Sample Size:
  • Two smears
Turnaround Time:
  • 5 - 7 working days
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:
  • Immunocytochemistry is used to determine whether lymphoma is B cell or T cell. Smears already submitted for routine cytology can be used.
Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: C24
Internal Laboratory: Vetnostics
Internal Test Volume:
Immunoelectrophoresis
(no longer available)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC
Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 4 ml whole blood
Turnaround Time:
  • Approximately 1 week
  • Not available Christmas to New Year
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:
Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
Internal Codes:
Internal Laboratory: Murdoch University Immunology
Internal Test Volume: 2 mL serum
Immunoglobulin - Equine / Foal IgG (TIA)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC
  • EDTA
  • LH
Unsuitable Sample:
  • FL
  • Urine
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Same day

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • This is a useful screening test for failure of passive transport in foals.
  • TIA : Turbimetric Immuno Assay - this is an automated method which research has shown to have superior sensitivity and specificity when compared to RID or GCT methods.
  • Results available the day the test arrives at laboratory.
  • Quality control run every day on test.
  • Test may be requested on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • This test has superceded both RID and GCT methods of IgG measurement.
Internal Use Only: Ensure QC is run and recorded / reviewed in QC reprotor before running patients.
Internal Codes: S04T
Internal Laboratory:
Internal Test Volume:
Immunohistochemistry
Suitable Sample:
  • Tissue in formalin

 

Unsuitable Sample:
Minimum Sample Size:
Turnaround Time:
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: T20
Internal Laboratory: Uropath & VP
Internal Test Volume:
Insulin
Suitable Sample:
  • PC
Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA (negative interference)
  • FL
  • LH
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2 ml whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Canine and feline - 2 working days
  • Equine - 1 working day
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • If suspect canine insulinoma, collect FL sample for concurrent glucose.

 

Internal Use Only:
  • Run a glucose and record result on request form with each submission.
  • Equine insulin concentrations are done at Vetpath - E10
  • Canine and feline insulin concentrations are sent to WDP where they are run on a Centaur (from 30/6/18) - E09K9
Internal Codes: E09K9 or E10
Internal Laboratory: WDP (K9, Feline), VP (Equ)
Internal Test Volume: 400 uL minimum
Insulin-like Growth Factor-1
(IGF-1)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC
Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Allow at least 5 working days

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • A control patient is no longer required. 
  • The sample should be submitted to Vetpath within 1 - 2 days and be kept cool. 
  • Test is used for diagnosis of pituitary dwarfism and acromegaly.

 

Internal Use Only:
  • Goes to WDP
Internal Codes: E29
Internal Laboratory: WDP
Internal Test Volume: 1 mL of serum
Iron - serum
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

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

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 1 day

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request Test

 

Comments:
Internal Use Only:
  • TIBC (total iron-binding capacity) is no longer available.

 

Internal Codes: B25
Internal Laboratory: WDP .... need to check on any specific requirements
Internal Test Volume: 1 ml serum
Iron - tissue
Suitable Sample:
  • Liver
  • kidney
Unsuitable Sample:
  • Blood

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • Fixed liver: need a "half a matchbox volume"
    Turnaround Time:
    • Contact laboratory to confirm availability of test before submitting sample.

     

    Request/Test Included in:
    • Request Test

     

    Comments:
    Internal Use Only:
    • Turnaround approximately 10 days.
    • See published values for various breeds of dogs.
    Internal Codes:
    Internal Laboratory: Dep't of Ag
    Internal Test Volume: