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


LDDS Test
(Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression Test)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • LH
  • EDTA
  • FL
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1.0 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Monday to Friday with a 2:00pm cutoff time
  • Saturdays with a 1:00pm cut off time
  • Results available same day (usually by 3:00pm)
Request/Test Included in:
  • Cortisol
  • ACTH stimulation test (2 cortisol samples)
  • Low dose dexamethasone suppression test (3 cortisol samples)
Comments:
  • A single cortisol is of minimal diagnostic value and dynamic tests of adrenal function are recommended for the diagnosis of both hypoadrenocorticism (Addisons) and hyperadrenocorticism (Cushings).
  • A client information sheet is available on these tests (DCI-02 )
Internal Use Only:
  • A client information sheet is available on these tests (DCI-02 )
  • There is no specific information in the kit insert regarding samples other than serum to indicate that they are suitable or unsuitable.
Internal Codes:
  • E01
  • E02
  • E03
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume: Minimum 110 uL
Lead - blood
Suitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH (no gel tubes)
  • Lith Hep - 200ul whole blood (for avian and reptilian)
Unsuitable Sample:
  • PC

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1.0 mL whole blood
  • 200ul whole blood (for avian and reptilian)
Turnaround Time:
  • 5 days

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
Internal Use Only: X01 - mammalian samples go to Vetnostics.
X01a - avian and reptile samples go to QML.
Internal Codes: X01 or X01a (bird/reptile)
Internal Laboratory: Vetnostics
Internal Test Volume: 200 uL
Leishmania by IFAT
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA blood

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Run on Monday and Thursday
  • Cutoff time 7pm previous working weekday
  • Results available later the same day.
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • If the sample is going to be in transit for more than a day, it is recommended that the serum is separated off if possible and the serum rather than whole is sent (this minimises haemolysis)
  • See VETPATH wesite for current information http://vetpath.com.au
Internal Use Only: Refer to : QHFSS -Qld Health and Forensic Scientific Services, 39 Kessler Rd, Coopers Plains  QLD 4108   Fax  (07) 3274 9175
Internal Codes:
  • Q12 (IFAT serology) /
  • +-
  • Q12L for laboratories

Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume: 1.0 mL serum, but can go down to 200 uL (not optimal)
Leishmania by PCR
Suitable Sample:
  • EDTA whole blood

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • PC
  • LH
  • FL
  • SC
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1 mL whole blood (EDTA)

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 7 working days
Request/Test Included in:
  • Leishmania
  • Specifically request PCR
Comments:  
Internal Use Only:
  • This test is required for dogs returning from Afghanistan
  • Test is now done at EDP Myaree Molecular Department.
  • Att: Mahdad Karimi
Internal Codes: G15
Internal Laboratory: WDP Myaree
Internal Test Volume: 1 mL of whole EDTA blood minimum
Leptospira (canine) - PCR
(Canine Leptospira PCR)
Suitable Sample:
  • Urine
  • EDTA blood
Unsuitable Sample:
  • PC
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1ml
Turnaround Time:
  • 5 - 7 working days
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:
  • Detects Leptospira interrogans by PCR
Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: G37
Internal Laboratory: Vetnostics
Internal Test Volume:
Leptospira Antibody Titre(s) by MAT
Suitable Sample:
  • PC (clear serum, no particles or fibrin tags)

 

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

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 10 working days.

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • It is essential to request WHICH SEROVAR you want the laboratory to test for.
  • If the test is being done on a dog for export, verify what level the test is to be titred to (the requirement will differ from country to country)
  • The test for Leptospira canicola (for canine export) is a MAT
  • Vaccination against Leptospira will result in seropositivity.
  • A four-fold rise in paired samples in a non-vaccinated dog (usually >10-14 days apart) may be indicative of leptospiral infection.
  • A single titre of 1/400 or greater can only be presumptive, indicating possible recent contact with Leptospires.
  • 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 Use Only:
  • Ran every week day, cut off 10:00am, can run urgent cases. 
  • Export cases with departure within 10 days must be treated as urgent and sent  with notification of departure date.
  • For dogs, all samples are run at 1/50.
  • Comments updated December 2008 (source QLD lab email).
Internal Codes: SA4
Internal Laboratory: Queensland Health Foresic and Scientfic Services - Leptospirosis Reference Laboratory.
Internal Test Volume: Send 4 mL of whole blood.
Levetiracetam
(Keppra)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC
Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
  • Urine
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 3ml whole blood
Turnaround Time:
  • 10 working days
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:
  • Testing is recommended 2 weeks after starting therapy and again 10 - 14 days after dose changes.
  • Trough sample is collected at 6 - 8 hours after dosing.
  • Peak sample is collected 2 hours after dosing. 
  • Levetiracetam has the shortest half life of the anti-convulsant drugs (2 - 4 hours in dogs and 7 hours in cats)
  • There is likely significant individual variation. 
Internal Use Only:
  • Goes to Pathwest
Internal Codes: B18
Internal Laboratory: Pathwest
Internal Test Volume:
Lipase
Suitable Sample:
  • PC (serum) is the preferred sample
  • EDTA
  • LH
Unsuitable Sample:
  • CIT (no information available)
  • Fluoride oxalate (glucose tube)
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 4 hours

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Individual test(s)
  • CP2
  • CP6
Comments:
The lipase assay routinely run at Vetpath is DGGR lipase. This test uses a novel substrate which is more specific for pancreatic lipase than previous lipase assays.  The DGGR lipase activity has been found to have excellent agreement with the Spec cPL. This agreement correlates with a higher sensitivity and specificity of DGGR lipase for diagnosis of acute pancreatitis in dogs.

Reference: JVIM 2014:28:863-870.

Internal Use Only: Previous assay could not use LH sample, this one can.
Internal Codes:
  • Individual test
  • Profiles
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume: 25 uL
Lipase (Canine pancreas specific - SNAP)
(SNAP Canine Pancreas specific lipase)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC
    Unsuitable Sample:
    • EDTA
    • LH
    • CIT
    • FL
    Minimum Sample Size:
    • 1 mL whole blood if submitted as a stand-alone test

     

    Turnaround Time:
    • 4 hours
      Request/Test Included in:
      • Request test
      • Make sure that cPL is requested, not just lipase
      Comments:
      • The DGGR lipase activity (in the biochemistry panel) has been found to have excellent agreement with the Spec cPL. 
        The test is canine-specific and cannot be used for cats.
      • This is a qualitative test that gives a "normal" or "abnormal" result (SNAP cPL test).
      • This test is reported to have 94-97.4% agreement with the Spec cPL test which is the quantative test.
      Internal Use Only: This is a test for in-house use, it is different to the quantitative Spec cPL test that is done at the Idexx laboratory (not available to VETPATH)
        Internal Codes:
        • B26 as stand-alone test
        • B26a as an add-on test
        Internal Laboratory: VP
        Internal Test Volume: Approximately 50 uL serum (3 drops)
        Lipase (Canine pancreas specific - Spec)
        ( Canine pancreas specific lipase Spec
        Suitable Sample:
        • PC
        Unsuitable Sample:
        • EDTA
        • LH
        • FL
        Minimum Sample Size:
        • 2ml whole blood
        Turnaround Time:
        • 3 working days once at referral laboratory
        • Allow 5 working days from submission to Vetpath
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request test (must specify Spec canine pancreatic lipase)
        Comments:
        Internal Use Only:

        Goes to Idexx

        Internal Codes: B27C
        Internal Laboratory: Idexx
        Internal Test Volume:
        Lipase (Feline pancreas specific - SNAP)
        (SNAP feline pancreas specific lipase)
        Suitable Sample:
        • PC
        Unsuitable Sample:
        • EDTA
        • LH
        • FL
        Minimum Sample Size:
        • 2ml whole blood
        Turnaround Time:
        • 4 hours
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request SNAP fPL
        Comments:
        • The DGGR lipase activity (now in the biochemistry profiles) has been found to have excellent agreement with the Spec fPL. 

        • SNAP test has 82 - 96% aggreement with the quantitative spec fPL test.

        • The sensitivity of the Spec fPL test is 79% for diagnosing pancreattis in cats and a specificity is 80% for ruling out pancreatitis. 

        Internal Use Only:
        • SNAP test at Vetpath. Can send Spec test requests to Idexx
        Internal Codes: B27FI
        Internal Laboratory: VP
        Internal Test Volume:
        Lipase (Feline pancreas specific - Spec)
        (Spec - Feline pancreas specific lipase)
        Suitable Sample:
        • PC
        Unsuitable Sample:
        • EDTA
        • LH
        • FL
        Minimum Sample Size:
        • 2ml whole blood
        Turnaround Time:
        • 3 working days once at referral laboratory
        • Allow 5 working days from submission to Vetpath
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request test (must specify Spec feline pancreatic lipase)
        Comments:
        Internal Use Only:
        Internal Codes: B27Fl
        Internal Laboratory: Idexx
        Internal Test Volume:
        Lipoclear (for grossly lipaemic samples)
        Suitable Sample:
        • Grossly lipaemic sample
        • Serum is cleared in preference to plasma
        Unsuitable Sample: Lipoclear cannot be used on samples for the following tests:
        • Coagulation tests
        • Measurement of monoclonal immunoglobulins
        • Lipids such as cholesterol (this must be done before the sample is cleared)
        Minimum Sample Size:
        Turnaround Time:
        Request/Test Included in:
        Comments:
        • Lipoclear is used to clarify samples that are grossly lipaemic and in which testing of non-cleared samples will give erroneous results.
        • Lipoclear  may be used on all routine biochemistry tests except lipids (see unsuitable sample above).
        • Phosphorus will be increased by approximately 10% after samples are lipocleared.
        • Protein measured will be slightly reduced due to the loss of lipoproteins.
        Internal Use Only:
        Internal Codes:
        Internal Laboratory: VP
        Internal Test Volume:
        Lithium
        Suitable Sample:
        • PC

         

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

         

        Turnaround Time:
        • Approximately 2 days

         

        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request test

         

        Comments:
        • Lithium is best measured at the trough, ie immediately prior to the next dose.

         

        Internal Use Only: Run daily
        Internal Codes:
        Internal Laboratory: Clinipath
        Internal Test Volume: 150 uL serum
        Liver Fluke (detection of eggs in faeces)
        Suitable Sample:
        • Faeces

         

        Unsuitable Sample:
        • Blood

         

        Minimum Sample Size:
        • 10 gm faeces
        Turnaround Time:
        • Run Monday to Friday
        • Turnaround 5 - 10 working days (batched)
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request test

         

        Comments:
        Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
        Internal Codes: P20
        Internal Laboratory: VP
        Internal Test Volume: 10 gm
        Liver Fluke Identification
        Suitable Sample:
        • Faeces OR parasite

         

        Unsuitable Sample:
        • Blood

         

        Minimum Sample Size:
        Turnaround Time:
        • Run Monday to Friday.
        • Turnaround time 5-10 working days.
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request test

         

        Comments:
        Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
        Internal Codes: P20
        Internal Laboratory: VP (if unusual parasite may go to Murdoch Uni)
        Internal Test Volume:
        Liver monitoring panel (canine)
        (Monitoring panel - liver (canine))
        Suitable Sample:
        • PC
        Unsuitable Sample:
        • EDTA
        • LH
        • FL
        Minimum Sample Size:
        • 2ml whole blood
        Turnaround Time:
        • 4 hours
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request test
        Comments:
        • Includes AST, ALT, ALP, GGT, albumin, bilirubin and cholesterol
        Internal Use Only:
        Internal Codes: B38
        Internal Laboratory: VP
        Internal Test Volume:
        Liver monitoring panel (equine)
        (Monitoring panel - liver (equine))
        Suitable Sample:
        • PC
        Unsuitable Sample:
        • EDTA
        • LH
        • FL
        Minimum Sample Size:
        • 2ml whole blood
        Turnaround Time:
        • 4 hours
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request test
        Comments:
        • Includes ALP, GGT, GLDH, albumin, bilirubin and total bile acids
        Internal Use Only:
        Internal Codes: B39
        Internal Laboratory: vp
        Internal Test Volume:
        Liver monitoring panel (feline)
        (Monitoring panel - liver (feline))
        Suitable Sample:
        • PC
        Unsuitable Sample:
        • EDTA
        • LH
        • FL
        Minimum Sample Size:
        • 2ml whole blood
        Turnaround Time:
        • 4 hours
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request test
        Comments:
        • Includes AST, ALT, ALP, albumin, bilirubin and cholesterol
        Internal Use Only:
        Internal Codes: B38a
        Internal Laboratory: VP
        Internal Test Volume:
        Liver monitoring panel (ruminant)
        (Monitoring panel - liver (ruminant))
        Suitable Sample:
        • PC
        Unsuitable Sample:
        • EDTA
        • LH
        • FL
        Minimum Sample Size:
        • 2ml whole blood
        Turnaround Time:
        • 4 hours
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request test
        Comments:
        • Includes AST, ALP, GGT, GLDH, albumin and bilirubin
        Internal Use Only:
        Internal Codes: B38a
        Internal Laboratory: VP
        Internal Test Volume:
        Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression Test
        (LDDS test)
        Suitable Sample:
        • PC

         

        Unsuitable Sample:
        • LH
        • EDTA
        • FL
        Minimum Sample Size:
        • 1.0 mL whole blood

         

        Turnaround Time:
        • Monday to Friday wtih a 2:00pm cutoff time
        • Saturdays with a 1:00pm cutoff time
        • Results available same day (usually by 3:00pm)
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Cortisol
        • ACTH stimulation test (2 cortisol samples)
        • Low dose dexamethasone suppression test (3 cortisol samples)
        Comments:
        • A single cortisol is of minimal diagnostic value and dynamic tests of adrenal function are recommended for the diagnosis of both hypoadrenocorticism (Addisons) and hyperadrenocorticism (Cushings).
        • A client information sheet is available on these tests (DCI-02 )
        Internal Use Only:
        • A client information sheet is available on these tests (DCI-02 )
        • There is no specific information in the kit insert regarding samples other than serum to indicate that they are suitable or unsuitable.
        Internal Codes:
        • E01
        • E02
        • E03
        Internal Laboratory: VP
        Internal Test Volume: Minimum 110 uL
        Lungworm (detection of eggs in faeces) - Feline & Equine
        Suitable Sample:
        • Faeces (feline or equine)

         

        Unsuitable Sample:
        • Blood

         

        Minimum Sample Size:
        • 20 gm faeces

         

        Turnaround Time:
        • Run Monday to Friday
        • Turnaround 1 day
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request test

         

        Comments:
        Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
        Internal Codes: P22
        Internal Laboratory: VP
        Internal Test Volume: 5 gm
        Lyme Disease
        (Borrelia burgdorferi)
        Suitable Sample:
        • Serum
        Unsuitable Sample:
        • EDTA
        • LH
        • FL
        • Urine
        Minimum Sample Size:
        • 2ml whole blood
        Turnaround Time:
        • Test is run Tuesdays and Fridays.
        • Cutt off is 9am.
        • Results are available by 6pm.
        Request/Test Included in:
        • Request test
        Comments:
        • Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi
        • Test is run on Tuesdays and Fridays with a cut off of 9am.
        Internal Use Only:
        Internal Codes: S33
        Internal Laboratory: VP
        Internal Test Volume: