An on-site laboratory allows for quicker results and therefore quicker treatment of your pet. The laboratory can perform full blood counts, biochemical testing, faecal tests, urinalysis, skin scraping, microscopy/cytology and testing for heartworm and diseases such as FIV and Parvo. This allows for faster diagnosis and treatment and helps the vet determine next steps without having to wait for results to be returned from an independent laboratory.
Bloodwork is usually required pre-anaesthesia, to monitor medication reactions, preventative care screening as well as for illness and emergency situations. This faster turnaround on the blood tests can mean the difference between life and death for an animal in a critical state.