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


Rabies Virus Antibody Titre
(Biobest UK)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
  • CIT
  • FL
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 3-4 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Up to 4 weeks

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request Test

 

Comments:
  • This is for animals travelling under the Petscheme which covers those travelling to the UK
  • 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: Samples are sent to Scotland on Mondays and results are returned within two weeks.
Internal Codes: Q07i
Internal Laboratory: Biobest, Scotland
Internal Test Volume: 450 uL clear serum is the minimum.
Rabies Virus Antibody Titre (FAVN)
(AAHL)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
  • CIT
  • FL
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2 - 3 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Run Monday & Thursday
  • Sample must be at Vetpath by 11 am two working days prior to the test.
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request Test (must specifically request AAHL)
  • Rabies serology can also be done by Biobest (UK)
Comments:
  • Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralisation test
  • Contact laboratory to confirm if unsure if this the test required
  • This test must be used for animals that will be returning to Australia.
Internal Use Only: {Notes for Internal Use}
Internal Codes:
  • SG1 (samples going to AAHL)
  • Q07i for those going to Biobest
Internal Laboratory: AAHL, Geelong
Internal Test Volume: 1 ml clear serum
Recreational drug screen
Suitable Sample:
  • Urine

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • Blood

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • 5 mL
Turnaround Time:
  • Performed weekdays
  • Cut-off for sample day result is 3pm 
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request Test
  • Specify if barbiturates are required
Comments: Detects:
  • Alcohol
  • Benzodiazepam (Valium)
  • THC/cannabis/marijuana
  • Cocaine metabolites
  • Amphetamines
  • Opiates
  • Methadone
  • Barbituates (need to specify this, need >5 mL for whole screen if barbiturates needed)
Internal Use Only:
  • Performed at WDP
Internal Codes: X11 or X11b (includes barbiturates)
Internal Laboratory: WDP
Internal Test Volume: 5ml
Red Blood Cell Count
Suitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Unsuitable Sample:
  • PC

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • 0.5 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 3 hours (CBC)

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • RBC count
  • CBC
Comments:
Internal Use Only: Recommend do CBC as more information for very little extra cost.
Internal Codes:
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
Relaxin
(Pregnancy - Bitch)
Suitable Sample:
  • LH
  • PC
Unsuitable Sample:
  • EDTA

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 1 hour, Monday-Friday

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • Relaxin is first detectable by week 4 of pregnancy, peaks at the 6-8th week then decreases.
  • Sample is stable at 2-8oC for < 48 hours, then freeze.
  • Haemolysis could obscure a weak positive result with the RIM methodology
Internal Use Only: RIM currently in use at Vetpath as the ELISA is not available, but check if necessary (Canine Pregancy Test, FASTest from Megacor).
Internal Codes: E28
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume: 100 uL of serum or LH plasma
Renal monitoring panel
(Monitoring panel - renal)
Suitable Sample:
  • PC (plus urine)
  • EDTA (for PCV)
Unsuitable Sample:
  • LH

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • 2ml blood
Turnaround Time:
  • 4 hours
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:
  • Includes PCV, urea, creatinine, K, PO4 and urine SG.
Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: B36
Internal Laboratory:
Internal Test Volume:
Respiratory PCR panel - canine
(Canine respiratory PCR panel)
Suitable Sample:
  • Nasal  or deep pharyngeal swab (not in culture media)
  • BAL or TTA fluid
Unsuitable Sample:
  • Blood
Minimum Sample Size:
  • Swab
Turnaround Time:
  • 7 working days
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:

Panel includes:

  • Bordetella bronchiseptica
  • Streptococcus equi subsp zooepidemicus
  • Canine Adenovirus type 2
  • Canine Herpesvirus type 1
  • Coronavirus
  • Canine Parainfluenza virus
  • Mycoplasma cynos
Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: G11K9
Internal Laboratory: Vetnostics
Internal Test Volume:
Respiratory PCR panel - equine
Suitable Sample:
  • BAL or TW in EDTA
  • Swab
Unsuitable Sample:
  • Blood
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1ml fluid
Turnaround Time:
  • 3 days
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:

Panel includes:

  • Equine Herpesvirus 1
  • Equine Herpesvirus 4
  • Rhodococcus equi
  • Streptococcus equi subsp. equi
  • Chlamydia psittaci
Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: G32
Internal Laboratory: Vetnostics
Internal Test Volume:
Respiratory PCR panel - feline
Feline respiratory PCR panel
Suitable Sample:
  • Swab of tears or exudate (see Comments)

 

Unsuitable Sample:
  • Sample in transport medium.
  • Frozen sample.
Minimum Sample Size:
  • Single swab.

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 5-10 days depending on day sample received.
  • Contact the laboratory to confirm.
Request/Test Included in:
  • Feline respiratory profile by PCR

 

Comments:
  • Use a dry sterile cotton swab to collect the sample.
  • Moisten the swab with tears or exudate and vigorously swab both conjunctival sacs or the appropriate lesion.
  • Place the swab in a sterile container and refrigerate.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Do not place in transport medium.
Internal Use Only:
  • See Client Information Sheet DCI-10 (this also includes some FAQ)
  • Run each Tuesday morning, results available Tuesday afternoon.
  • Samples must arrive at Vetpath by 11 am Thursday before the test is run.
  • Chlamydia testing can be done on other species, but testing for Chlamydia only is not recommended for cats as clinically all of the respiratory pathogens may look the same.
Internal Codes: G11Fel
Internal Laboratory: WDP
Internal Test Volume:
Reticulocyte Count
Suitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • LH
Unsuitable Sample:
  • PC

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • 0.5 mL whole blood

 

Turnaround Time:
  • 3 hours (part of CBC)

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Reticulocyte count
  • CBC
Comments:
  • Part of CBC and is automatically done on all anemic samples (small animals)
  • Can be done separately as part-CBC
  • Inappropriate for peripheral blood in horses
Internal Use Only: Recommend do CBC as more information for very little extra cost.
Internal Codes:
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
Rheumatoid Factor
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

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

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Run Monday - Friday
  • Cut off time 11am for same day test
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • Positive in approximately 20-70% of rheumatoid arthritis cases
  • Can get weak nonspecific positives in other illnesses
Internal Use Only:
  • Now being run at Vetpath
  • Check availability with staff (new test)
  • Used to be done at Murdoch Immunology
Internal Codes:
  • S02
  • S02L (for laboratories)
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
Rodenticide (anticoagulants)
Suitable Sample:
  • For postmortem samples liver is the best sample (preferably frozen)
  • Vomitus - preferably frozen
Unsuitable Sample:
  • Blood, urine

 

Minimum Sample Size:
  • 10 gm minimum, but the more the better

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Allow up to 6 weeks (contact laboratory to confirm expected time for availability of results).

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test

 

Comments:
  • Quantitative assays for brodifacoum, bromodiolone, warfarin, coumatetrallyl and pindone

 

Internal Use Only:
  • Send to the health and Food Science Precinct QLD

  • Cost is $325 to Vetpath

     

http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/biosecurity/veterinary-and-chemical-residue-laboratories/chemical-residue-laboratory
Internal Codes: X12
Internal Laboratory: Health and Food Science Precinct
Internal Test Volume: N/A
Ross River Virus Antibody Titre
Suitable Sample:
  • PC

 

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

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Up to 10 - 14 working days
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request Test

 

Comments:
  • Virus (serum) neutralisation test (SNT)
  • The presence of Ab in a single sample only indicates exposure
  • To confirm a serological diagnosis it is necessary to demonstrate an active infection in the animal as indicated by a rise in the Ab titre
  • Paired samples should be collected; the first sample should be collected during the acute phase of the disease with the second sample collected from the same animal 2 to 4 weeks later
Internal Use Only: Send to the Ag Dept
Internal Codes: SA6
Internal Laboratory: Ag Dept
Internal Test Volume:
Rotavirus Antigen in Faeces
Suitable Sample:
  • Fresh faeces
  • If necessary, these can be stored for up to 14 days at 2-8oC
Unsuitable Sample:
  • Swab
  • Blood
  • Urine
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1-2 gm of faeces (small volume)

 

Turnaround Time:
  • Approximately 3 days

 

Request/Test Included in:
  • Request Test

 

Comments:
  • This test can be used on all animal species.
  • Rotavirus is a common cause of severe diarrhoea in young domestic animals, birds and humans.
Internal Use Only:
  • To Ag Dept as of 02/03/09 per DB
  • (MegaCor FASTest Rota Strip in use (31-10-2006))
Internal Codes:
  • F11 - Not done at Vetpath 02/03/09 DB
  • To Ag Dept
Internal Laboratory: Ag Dept as of 02/03/09 as per DB
Internal Test Volume:
  • Approximately 0.4-0.5 gram
  • There must be sufficient for a small volume of faeces to be picked up with a sample spoon
RP2 - Ruminant profile
Suitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • PC
  • FL
Unsuitable Sample:
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1ml in each tube
Turnaround Time:
  • 4 hours
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:

RP2 contains a CBC, CK, AST, GGT, GLDH, urea, creatinine, bilirubin, glucose, total protein, albumin, globulin, calcium, BOHB, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, Na, K, Cl.

Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: RP2
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume:
RPC2 - Camelid profile
Suitable Sample:
  • EDTA
  • PC
  • FL
Unsuitable Sample:
Minimum Sample Size:
  • 1ml in each tube
Turnaround Time:
  • 4 hours
Request/Test Included in:
  • Request test
Comments:

RPC2 includes a CBC, CK, AST, ALT, ALP, GGT, bilirubin, urea, creatinine, total protein, albumin, globulins, glucose, ketones. 

Internal Use Only:
Internal Codes: RPC2
Internal Laboratory: VP
Internal Test Volume: