Clinical pathology involves the laboratory evaluation of blood, fluids or body tissues in order to identify existing disease. Common laboratory tests include blood chemistries, complete blood counts, blood clotting times, urinalysis, faecal tests, biopsy examination, cultures and infectious disease testing.
Our animal hospital is equipped with an in-house laboratory that allows our veterinarians to quickly perform many of these diagnostic tests to achieve an accurate and rapid diagnosis. This is especially important in very ill animals and those requiring immediate or emergency treatment. In some cases we will send tests out to our external veterinary laboratory. This will be determined by time frame and the tests required.
The most common in house testing we do are 'smears' from infected skin and ears to determine the cause of these infections. This is a quick test with immediate results which aids enormously in determining the most efficacious treatment we can offer.