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
Unsuitable Sample:
  • LH

 

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  • This test has superceded both RID and GCT methods of IgG measurement.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:
Immunoglobulins - Camelid cria (RID)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC
    Unsuitable Sample:
    • EDTA
    • LH
    Minimum Sample Size:
    • 2 mL whole blood

     

    Turnaround Time:
    • 1 day
      Request/Test Included in:
      • CONTACT VETPATH FOR AVAILABILITY
        Comments:
        • For use in camelid species (alpaca, llama)
        Internal Use Only:
        • Please speak to DD, DB before running this test where possible.
        Internal Codes: S04C
        Internal Laboratory: VP
        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 - 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 insulin concentrations are sent to Pathwest - E09K9
        Internal Codes: E09K9 or E10
        Internal Laboratory: Pathwest (K9), 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: