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Haematology

HaematologySpecimen Requirement
Complete Cell Count (CBC)1ml EDTA blood
Blood Smear Interpretation2 slides (air dried)
CBC with Blood Smear Interpretation by Pathologist2 slides (air dried) + 1ml EDTA blood
Blood Parasite Screen (air dried smear from the ear tip)2 slides, air dried
Reticulocytes Count (including CBC)1ml EDTA blood
Heartworm Screen air dried smear from the ear tip

Serum Biochemistry ProfilesSpecimen Requirement
Comprehensive diagnostic profile
14 parameters include albumin (ALB), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), alanine transaminase (ALT), amylase (AMY), urea (BUN), calcium (Ca), creatinine (CREA), globulin (GLOB), glucose (GLU), potassium (K), sodium (Na), phosphate (PHOS), total bilirubin (TBIL), total protein (TP)
0.5ml serum in plain tube, separated from blood clot within 30 minutes of collection
Avian / Reptile Profile
albumin (ALB), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), bile acids (BA), calcium (Ca),creatinine kinase (CK), globulin (GLOB), glucose (GLU), potassium (K), sodium (Na), phosphates (PHOS), total protein (TP), uric acid (UA)
300ml whole blood in heparin. If glucose required 300ml serum in plain tube instead
BiochemistryWorking DaysSpecimen Requirement
Insulin5 - 6 days1ml serum
Insulin Antibodies7 - 10 days1ml serum
Fructosamine5 - 6 days1ml serum
B121 - 2 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum
B12 and Folate1 - 2 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum
B12, Folate, TLI (Canine)1 - 2 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum
B12, Folate, TLI (Feline)5 - 7 daysB12 Folate: 1ml serum or Hep Plasma; TLI: 1ml serum (12 hr fast)
TLI (Canine)1 - 2 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum
TLI (Feline)10 - 11 days1ml serum (12 hr fast)
Quantitative Spec. cPLi11 - 12 days1ml serum (12 hr fast)
Quantitative Spec. fPLi11 - 12 days1ml serum (12 hr fast)
Bile Acids5 - 6 days1ml fasted sample serum
SDMA (Symmetric Dimethylarginine)5 - 6 days1ml serum
Ionized Calcium6 - 8 days1 ml serum transported frozen or cold
Serum Iron5 - 6 days0.5ml serum
Aldosterone11 - 14 days1 ml serum or EDTA plasma
Vitamin D 9 - 11 days1ml serum
Albumin5 - 6 days0.5ml serum or EDTA or Hep plasma
Taurine14 - 18 days1ml EDTA or Hep plasma in plastic tube - refrigerate or freeze
EndocrinologyWorking DaysSpecimen Requirement
ADRENOCORTICAL
Cortisol1 - 2 days1ml serum
ACTH stimulation1 - 2 days1ml serum x 2. Label samples clearly. Collect basal sample between 9am and 10am and immediately inject 0.25 mg synthetic ACTH (Synacten) I/V or I/M. Take second blood sample one hour later.
Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression Test1 - 2 days1ml serum, draw baseline blood sample in plain tube for serum. Inject 0.015 mg/kg of dexamethasone intramuscularly or intravenously. Collect additional blood samples at 4 and 8 hours later.
High Dose Dexamethasone Suppression Test1 - 2 days1ml serum, draw baseline blood sample in plain tube for serum. Inject 0.1 mg/kg of dexamethasone intramuscularly or intravenously. Collect additional blood samples at 4 and 8 hours later.
17 OH progesterone5 - 7 days1ml serum x2. Same as ACTH stimulation protocol
Sex Hormone Alopecia Profile (SHAP)5 - 7 days1ml serum x 4. Cortisol x 4. Same as ACTH stimulation protocol. Four samples as adrenal sex hormone status is investigated using a standard ACTH stimulation test. OHP has been identified as a sensitive marker and this along with cortisol is measure before and after ACTH administration.
THYROID
Total T35 - 6 days1ml serum
Total T41 - 2 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum
Free T4 (Canine and Feline)1 - 2 days1ml serum or EDTA plasma
T4 Antibodies6 - 7 days0.5ml serum
TSH1 - 2 days0.5ml serum or Hep plasma
T4/TSH1 - 2 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum
Thyroid Panel
(Free T4, TT4, TSH)
1 - 2 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum
Canine TRH Stimulation5 - 7 days1 ml serum x2. Collect basal blood sample. Inject TRH I/V slowly over one minute (1.5kg- 100μg TRH, 5-30kg- 200μg TRH, >30kg- 300μg TRH). Take second blood sample 4-6 hours later for post T4 concentration.
Feline TRH stimulation5 - 7 days1ml serum x2. Collect basal blood sample. Inject 0.1 mg TRH I/V slowly over one minute. Take second blood sample 4-6 hours later for post T4 concentration.
Parathyroid Hormone (PTH)9 - 11 days1ml frozen serum in plastic tube
PTHrp (Parathyroid hormone-related protein)9 - 11 days1ml frozen EDTA Plasma
Reproductive HormonesWorking DaysSpecimen Requirement
Oestradiol 11 - 12 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum
Progesterone5 - 6 days1ml serum in RT. Do not use serum separator
Testosterone7 - 9 days1ml serum in RT. Do not use serum separator
Therapeutic drug monitoringWorking DaysSpecimen Requirement
Digoxin1 - 2 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum Peak and trough specimens
Phenobarbitone5 - 7 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum Peak and trough specimens
Phenobarbitone x2 (pre / post dosing)5 - 7 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum Peak and trough specimens
Potassium Bromide5 - 7 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum
Levetiracetam (keppra)11 - 15 days2ml serum or Hep plasma
Zonisamide5 - 7 days0.5mL serum or EDTA or Hep plasma - NO Serum Separator tube used
Cyclosporine14 - 19 days2ml EDTA whole blood
Phenytoin1 - 2 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum
CardiacWorking DaysSpecimen Requirement
Troponin9 - 10 days2ml clotted blood or 1ml serum
NT-Pro-BNP (Canine)5 - 7 days1ml EDTA plasma
NT-Pro-BNP (Feline)5 - 7 days1ml EDTA plasma
ToxicologyWorking DaysSpecimen Requirement
Lead5 - 7 days1ml whole blood in EDTA
Zinc10 - 12 days0.2ml serum in plain tube
Zinc + Lead10 - 12 daysZinc: 0.5ml serum in plain tube
Lead: 1.0ml whole blood in EDTA
Cholinesterase7 - 10 days1ml serum

Oncology TestingWorking DaysSpecimen Requirement
Cadet BRAF & BRAF PLUS7 - 10 daysAt least 3 sediment smears from urine collected in a CADET BRAF Container
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