We have our own laboratory on site which means most blood tests and urine samples can be run within 20 minutes. This is very helpful for emergency cases, so we can start the correct treatment immediately. Normally we would have to wait at least 1-2 days to get results if we had to send samples away to an external laboratory for analysis.
We do blood tests for the assessment of the kidneys, liver, glucose, red and white blood cells and electrolytes. Thyroid, cortisol, pancreatic enzymes and bacterial cultures and antibiograms can also be run at our practice. Having our own microscope helps us to analyse blood smears, fine needle aspirates, faecal smears for parasites and urine samples. On the urine samples, we can analyse bacteria, crystals and certain cell types present.
Should we need to send away specialised samples such as feathers for bird sexing, histopathology or other tests we have a lab that collects regularly.