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 - DGGR
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.

The FP2 panel now includes DGGR lipase. Recent studies have shown that this assay is also a useful and cost-efficient method for the investigation of pancreatic disease in cats. Based on the literature and in house studies, the reference interval for this assay is <26 U/L, with an equivocal range of 26-35 U/L. Patients with results within the equivocal range, and no evidence of azotaemia may benefit from abdominal ultrasound if they have clinical symptoms compatible with pancreatitis.
Reference: J Vet Internal Med 2013; 27:1077-1082

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 - 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 - 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: WDP
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: