Clinical Pathology

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. Some more specialised tests may need to be performed by an external veterinary laboratory.

Our in house lab has a blood biochemistry analyser and haematology machine, enabling us to obtain accurate, rapid information for in-patients, emergencies and surgery cases. We have recently upgraded our equipment and can provide results within 15 minutes of blood sampling, allowing us to accurately assess your pet's health status during a regular consultation.
Rapid analysis tests available include tests for Canine Heartworm, Parvovirus and Pancreatitis, as well as Feline Leukaemia and Immunodeficiency Virus testing.

Microscopy to better assess ear infections, dermatitis and skin parasites are also routinely performed.

We also use a veterinary pathology laboratory located in Perth for more specific tests. We can generally get results within 24 hours for most tests and you will be informed of your pet's status as soon as the results are received.  We also now take blood samples for DNA testing for dogs, so you can find out your mixed-breed dog's heritage - which always provides some surprises! 

DNA Testing

Have you wondered just what mixture of breeds has made Fido the wonderful dog he is? With the Breed Identification DNA Test from Advanced Pet Nutrition it is possible to find out. You can:                                                 DNA reports help breed related problems
-Discover your dog's genetic make-up
-Predict adult target weight range
-Obtain a better understanding of your dog's breed-related behaviour.
-Pre-screen for genetic disease is also available.
This is all possible from a single blood sample.
The cost of testing is $125