Please see our list of in-house chemistry test parameters in the volume handout. Many more analytes are available as send-out tests as well. Please see the send-out testing section below, and contact us if you have a specific testing need.
Body fluid analysis includes: automated RBC count and total WBC count; preparation of direct smears plus sediment and/or cytocentrifuged smears as indicated by automated analysis; and evaluation of stained smears by clinical pathologist.
Bone marrow evaluation includes: staining of submitted air-dried bone marrow smears, or preparation of direct smears from submitted liquid marrow samples (in EDTA; please contact us for more information). Smears are evaluated by a clinical pathologist in tandem with current CBC findings, so please also submit a fresh hematology sample for CBC or a recent CBC report.
Urinalysis includes: urine specific gravity (USG) by refractometer; dipstick chemical testing for glucose, ketones, protein, pH, intact and hemolyzed blood, and bilirubin; and urine sediment evaluation by a medical technologist. Reportable findings on sediment evaluation are: WBCs, RBCs, casts, crystals, microorganisms and sperm. Please note the method of collection on the submission form.
In-house microbiology is currently confined to rodent disease surveillance testing. Other microbiology samples are sent out to a referral diagnostic laboratory. We hope to soon expand our traditional microbiology services offered in-house.
In-house parasitology testing includes microscopic examination of: skin scrapes and hair pluck samples for ectoparasites, perineal tape tests for pinworm ova, and fecal direct and flotation specimens for ova and protozoal parasites. Samples are sent out as needed for additional testing including special stains and parasite identification.
The Charm novaLUM is an ATP detection system used to monitor cleaning effectiveness of sanitation programs. The novaLUM utilizes a technologically advanced photomultiplier tube (PMT) that is more sensitive to ATP (adenosine triphosphate) presence allowing detection of lower levels of microbial and organic matter contamination.
Heterotrophic Plate Count
The HPC test (or Standard Plate Count), applied in many variants, is widely used to measure the heterotrophic microorganism population in drinking-water and other media. Heterotrophs are organisms including bacteria, yeasts and molds that require an external source of organic carbon for growth.
Biological Indicators for steam sterilization of both liquid and solid/hard materials are used. Testing method is AAMI/ISO Compliant.
Aquatic Water Testing
Aquatic Water Testing is available in-house and includes the following analytes: pH, Conductivity, Temperature, Nitrite, Nitrate, Dissolved Oxygen, Chlorine, Monochloramine, Total and Free Chlorine, Ammonia, Hardness, Alkalinity, Copper.
The VSC Animal Diagnostic Laboratory does not offer GLP/GMP services, but can provide appropriate referrals if needed.
Updated October 24, 2019
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