Laboratory tests are used to diagnose a wide range of pet health issues. This includes anemia, liver and kidney dysfunction, heartworm and tick-borne diseases, diabetes, infection or inflammation of the urinary system, intestinal parasites, ear and skin infections, and suspicious growths or tumors.
BRVC uses top-of-the-line veterinary lab equipment to perform complete blood counts, comprehensive diagnostic tests, and check glucose levels. Results are available in less than 15 minutes which allows our doctors to review findings during appointments or before surgery. We work closely with a local commercial veterinary laboratory or university veterinary labs when we’re checking thyroid, endocrine and additional liver functions, infectious diseases including leptospirosis, Ehrlichia and Lyme, and parvo and distemper vaccine titers
Our in-house urinalysis equipment helps BRVC’s doctors identify infection or inflammation, kidney function, diabetes, and the presence of bladder stones. Cultures and other more complex urine diagnostic samples are transferred to a local commercial veterinary laboratory twice daily and results, with the exception of urine cultures, are typically available within 24 hours.
BRVC’s veterinary technicians have been trained to detect intestinal parasites, including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia, in fecal samples and can provide results within 15 minutes. We also use a local commercial veterinary laboratory to process routine samples with results returned to us within 24 hours.
Biopsy and Cytology
Cytology for ear and skin infections and fine needle aspirates of suspicious growths are also completed in-house so that any medications needed to treat the symptoms can be dispensed before you and your pet leave the clinic. From time to time, our doctors may decide to send samples to a board-certified pathologist to confirm their findings. Samples of tissue, bone, and organs removed during surgery will also be submitted to a board-certified pathologist for analysis followed by a written report that will be shared with you once received.