"Our mission is to provide high quality care for our patients and their owners at all times"
Increasingly vets, like doctors, rely upon laboratory tests to tell us more about what is going on inside the patient. This does not replace both careful taking of the history (what you have noticed with your pet) and a thorough clinical examination. However, lab tests can be used to confirm suspected findings, look for disease or monitor a known disease problem.
An example of these would be kidney disease. This may be diagnosed in the consulting room from the history and examination and then confirmed by blood tests. Alternatively, kidney disease may be discovered on a routine test, perhaps in a Pre-Anaesthetic Profile prior to a general anaesthetic. Lastly ongoing kidney failure can be monitored and treatment altered to suit.
The modern equipment in the lab can deliver blood results in a matter of minutes and is available for use 24 hours, 365 days. This can mean the difference between life and death in some circumstances and means that blood tests can be run immediately prior to general anaesthetics. Ask about Pre-Anaesthetic Profiles if your dog or cat is coming in for an operation. Skin and urine examinations are also performed in the hospital laboratory.
We use a high quality external veterinary laboratory for more specialised tests - a courier service means that results are usually available the following day.
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