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).

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LAB REQUEST FORM


Na:K Ratio
(Sodium:potassium ratio)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC
  • LH
Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 3 hours

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Individual test
  • CP2, 6, 3
  • FP2, 5, 3
  • EP2, 3, 4, 5, 7
  • RP2, 4
  • AP2, 4
Comments: Platelets from some species, including some breeds of dogs (eg Akitas), contain high concentrations of K and the [K] in serum samples is higher than in LH plasma samples. To minimise this problem when monitoring dogs with hypoadrencorticism, the use of LH samples is recommended.
Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
Internal Codes: Profile or single test
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
Neospora IgG Antibody Titre by IFA (canine)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC (canine)

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
  • Sample from species other than dogs
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1.5 mL whole blood (0.5 mL clear serum)

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Run Tuesday and Friday
  • Cutoff 7pm previous working week day
  • Results available late the same day.
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • The test is species-specific (canine only)
  • This test considers a titre of 1:16 to be seropositive. 
  • Seropositivity indicates exposure to antigens and does not imply clinical disease.  Note that parasitologically confirmed cases of neosporosis were shown to have titres of 1:200 or above and clinical cases may have titres in excess of 1:1200. 
  • Reference: Vet Parasitol (1996) 67:1-59.   
  • Although cats have been infected experimentally with N caninum, natural clinical infections in domestic cats have not been documented. (Greene 2007)
Internal Use Only:
  • Currently unable to run IgM as no control available.
  • No longer available for cats
Internal Codes:
  • (Neospora IgG)
  • S6GL (Neospora IgG for laboratories) 
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume: 150 uL
Neurological PCR panel - canine
(Canine neurological PCR panel)
Suitable Sample:
  • CSF
Unsuitable Sample:
  • Blood
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 0.5ml
Turnaround Time:
  • 3 working days
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:

Panel includes:

  • Toxoplama gondii
  • Cryptococcus sp.
  • Angiostrongylus sp
  • Neospora caninum
  • Canine Distemper virus

Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: G34
Internal Laboratory: Vetnostics
Internal Test Volume:
Neurological PCR panel - feline
(Feline neurological PCR panel)
Suitable Sample:
  • CSF
Unsuitable Sample:
  • Blood
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 0.5ml
Turnaround Time:
  • 3 working days
Request/Test Included in:

Request test

Comments:

Panel includes:

  • Toxoplama gondii
  • Cryptococcus sp.
  • Coronavirus
Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: G35
Internal Laboratory: Vetnostics
Internal Test Volume:
Nipah Virus SNT
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

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

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 10 working days

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • SNT = serum neutralisation test

 

Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: No code available
Internal Laboratory: AAHL Geelong
Internal Test Volume: 1 mL of serum
Non-Healing Wound Culture & Sensitivity
(Culture (NHW) - aerobic, anaerobic culture plus Z-N stain and reincubation for acid-fast organisms)
Suitable Sample:
  • Fluid and/or fresh tissue is preferred, but a swab can be submitted.
    PLUS
  • Air-dried smear for Gram stain
Unsuitable Sample:
  • Dry swabs

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • For successful anaerobic culture, it is best to have 2 mL of aspirated fluid or at least 1 cm2 of tissue.
Turnaround Time:
  • Total turnaround is up to 4 weeks for acid-fast organisms.
  • Preliminary Gram stain: 3 hours (if needed).
  • Culture: 12-24 hours for most organisms (some take longer)
  • Sensitivity: 48 hours for most organisms (some take longer)
Request/Test Included in:
  • Non-healing wound culture (NHW)

 

Comments:
  • Samples should be stored in a cool, dry place and should not be refrigerated
  • Do not freeze tissue for culture
  • Samples stored at room temperature can be cultured for up to 3 days after collection and samples stored at 4oC can be cultured for up to 2 days after collection (anaerobes do not tolerate cold)
  • For information on intrinsic antibiotic resistance of specific bacteria, see the information sheet
Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
Internal Codes:
  • M03
  • C25 (add-on to cytology)
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume: