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When it comes to caring for your patients, you know accurate test results are just the beginning. That’s why only IDEXX Reference Laboratories deliver more.

Laboratory featured tests


Next generation veterinary diagnostics

IDEXX SDMA

IDEXX SDMA is a new test to help evaluate kidney function. It increases earlier than creatinine in some animals with chronic kidney disease. Unlike creatinine, SDMA is not impacted by lean body mass. Learn more

Cardiopet proBNP

With the Cardiopet proBNP Test, a simple blood draw is all you need for quantitative analysis of your feline and canine patients’ cardiac health. Learn more

RealPCR

The IDEXX Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory now offers real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. Exceptionally accurate and surprisingly affordable, PCR can now be part of your routine test menu. Learn more

Spec fPL

The Spec fPL test detects the level of pancreatic lipase in your patient’s blood and provides information about the cat’s pancreatic health. You’ll be able to make diagnostic and treatment recommendations with greater confidence.

Spec cPL

The Spec cPL test helps you quickly confirm or rule out canine pancreatitis for a better understanding of patient health.

Wellness screens


Your complete source for veterinary Wellness Testing

Early detection and prevention are the most important reasons why you should screen every pet, every year—especially where statistics show 10% of “normal” pets in annual checkups have underlying diseases or abnormalities.1

A screen for every patient
Test code Name and contents
PASN/I Pre-anaesthetic Screen
Comprehensive Haematology, Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, A:G Ratio, Urea, Creatinine, ALT, ALP, Total Bilirubin, Glucose
WELN/I General Health Screen
Comprehensive Haematology, Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, A:G Ratio, Urea, Creatinine, ALT, ALP, GGT, Calcium, Inorganic Phosphorus, Cholesterol, Glucose, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Total T4
CARDN/I Cardiac Screen
CARFN/I Comprehensive Haematology, Chem 17 CLIP (minus Calcium, Phosphorus and Lipase), Lyte 4 CLIP, Cardiopet proBNP

Expand your screen by selecting from the "Add On" tests

Test name Test code
Coagulation Profile ACOA
Total T4 AT4C / AT4F
Bile Acid Stimulation Test ABAS
Cardiopet proBNP ABNP / ABNF
Fructosamine AFRU
Urine Chemistry, Microscopy & Culture AUCE
FeLV and FIV AFF

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Sample collection and submission guidelines

  • Ensure the samples have clotted. Centrifuge 30–120 minutes after collection.
  • Separate serum into plain tubes. Label tubes with patient’s name & time of sample.
  • Submit tubes containing separated serum. Submit request form.

Canine protocols

Dynamic test protocols for your canine patients

For the diagnosis of Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease) and Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s) Disease
Sample Type Test Results Generated Equipment/Method
Haematology:
Whole blood Full blood count (including differential white blood cell count and blood film assessment)
Equine/Canine/Feline blood only
Red cells
Haemoglobin
Hct
MCV
MCH
MCHC
RDW
White cells
Neutrophils
Lymphocytes
Monocytes
Eosinophils
Basophils
Platelets
WET-HAE-SOP-91 (ACTS) and WET-HAE-SOP-92 (open tube) flow cytometry (colorimetric haemoglobin) using Advia 2120 WET-HAE-SOP-2636 SYSMEX XT 2000iV WET-HAE-SOP-396 haemoglobin where necessary by colorimetric analysis using Hemocue Spectrophotometer WET-HAE-SOP-395 film stain using Hema Tek slide stainer
Morphological
assessment
WET-HAE-SOP-399 and WET-HAE-SOP-401 manual film assessment/differential using light microscope
Buffy coat
Preparation
WET-HAE-SOP- 402 Buffy coat preparation where necessary, using Hawksley microhaematocrit centrifuge and slide stainer
Canine/Feline/Equine Coombs test Coombs test WET-HAE-SOP-411 using VMRD Canine Coombs kit
Haematocrit Haematocrit (Hct) WET-HAE-SOP-394 by centrifugation using Hawksley microhaematocrit centrifuge
Reticulocytes Reticulocytes *WET-HAE-SOP-371 by Supravital staining using the Advia 2120 and SYSMEX XT 2000iV WET-HAE-SOP-398 by Supravital staining and microscopy
Whole blood and serum Cold agglutinins Cold auto-agglutinins WET-HAE-SOP-408 by haemagglutination and microscopy
Cross-matching Compatibility result WET-HAE-SOP-407 by haemagglutination and microscopy
Plasma (citrated) Fibrinogen Fibrinogen **WET-HAE-SOP-3336 and WET-HAE-SOP-3553 by ACL ELITE using optical coagulation and Stago KC4 mechanical coagulation techniques
Prothrombin time Prothrombin time **WET-HAE-SOP-3336 and WET-HAE-SOP-3553 by ACL ELITE using optical coagulation and Stago KC4 mechanical coagulation techniques
Partial thromboplastin time Partial thromboplastin time **WET-HAE-SOP-3336 and WET-HAE-SOP-3553 by ACL ELITE using optical coagulation and Stago KC4 mechanical coagulation techniques
EDTA whole blood Canine and Feline Blood Grouping performance Canine and feline Blood Grouping WET-HAE-SOP-405 & 406 using Alvedia lab test Kit
Sample collection and submission guidelines
  • Ensure the samples have clotted and centrifuge 30–120 minutes after collection.
  • Separate serum into plain tubes and label tubes with the patient’s name and time of sample.
  • Submit tubes containing separated serum and request form to the laboratory.
To evaluate hepatic function
Sample Type Test Results Generated Equipment/Method
      AU2700
Serum/Plasma Albumin Albumin Photometric, bromocresol green WET-BIO-SOP-509
Alkaline phosphatase Alkaline phosphatase 37C Photometric, IFCC EC 3.1.3.1
WET-BIO-SOP-510
Alanine aminotransferase ALT (SGPT) 37C Photometric, IFCC without P5P
EC 2.6.1.2.
WET-BIO-SOP-512
Aspartate aminotransferase AST(SGOT) 37C Photometric IFCC without
P5P EC 2.6.1.1
WET-BIO-SOP-513
Amylase Amylase Photometric IFCC (EPS) EC 3.2.1.1
WET BIO-SOP-511
B-hydroxy-butyrate BHB Photometric, kinetic:
WET-BIO-SOP-581
Bile acids Bile acids Photometric, L3K enzymatic recycling assay
WET-BIO-SOP-580
Calcium Calcium Photometric, Arsenazo III
WET-BIO-SOP-517
Cholesterol Cholesterol Photometric, CHOD-PAP
WET-BIO-SOP-518
CK (CPK) CK (CPK) 37C Photometric, IFCC EC 2.7.3.2
WET-BIO-SOP-520
Copper Copper Photometric
WET-BIO-SOP-1234
Creatinine Creatinine Photometric, Jaffe kinetic
WET-BIO-SOP-525
Total bilirubin Total bilirubin Photometric, modified O'Leary
WET-BIO-SOP-503
Fructosamine Fructosamine Photometric, NBT reduction
WET-BIO-SOP-579
Gamma GT Gamma GT Photometric, IFCC EC 2.3.2.2
WET-BIO-SOP-1363
Glucose Glucose Photometric HK G6P-DH
WET-BIO-SOP-528
Glutamate dehydrogenase (GLDH) GLDH DGCK EC 1.4.1.3
WET-BIO-SOP-583
Inorganic phosphorus Inorganic phosphorus Photometric, molybdate, UV
WET-BIO-SOP-529
Iron Iron Photometric, TPTZ
WET-BIO-SOP-530
Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) LDH 37C Photometric, SCE EC 1.1.1.27
WET-BIO-SOP-534
Lipase Lipase Photometric, enzymatic, colorimetric
WET-BIO-SOP-535
Magnesium Magnesium Photometric, xylidyl blue
WET-BIO-SOP-536
Total protein Total protein Photometric, blue violet
WET-BIO-SOP-539
Sodium, potassium and chloride Sodium, potassium and chloride Indirect ISE
WET-BIO-SOP-496
Triglycerides Triglycerides Photometric
WET-BIO-SOP-537
Uric acid Uric acid Photometric, Uricase PAP
WET-BIO-SOP-541
Urea Urea Photometric, Urease- GLDH
WET-BIO-SOP-540
Urine Sodium, potassium and chloride Sodium, potassium and chloride Indirect ISE
WET-BIO-SOP-496
Calcium Calcium Photometric, Arsenazo III
WET-BIO-SOP-517
Creatinine Creatinine Photometric, Jaffe kinetic
WET-BIO-SOP-525
Glucose Glucose Photometric HK G6P-DH
WET-BIO-SOP-528
Inorganic phosphate Inorganic phosphate Photometric, molybdate, UV
WET-BIO-SOP-529
Uric acid Uric acid Photometric, Uricase PAP
WET-BIO-SOP-541
Urea Urea Photometric, Urease-GLDH
WET-BIO-SOP-540
Urine/CSF Total Protein Total Protein Photometric, pyrogallol red/molybdate
WET-BIO-SOP-1700
      Helena SAS3 and 4
Serum Serum protein electrophoresis SPE WET-BIO-SOP-2676 by agarose gel electrophoresis
Sample collection and submission guidelines
  • Ensure the samples have clotted and centrifuge 30–120 minutes after collection.
  • Separate serum into plain tubes and label tubes with the patient’s name and time of sample.
  • Submit tubes containing separated serum and request form to the laboratory.
This test is used to detect ovarian tissue in spayed bitches not showing signs of oestrus
Sample Type Test Results Generated Equipment/Method
      Immulite 2000
Chemiluminescent competitive immunoassay
Serum/Plasma Cobalamin Cobalamin WET-BIO-SOP-499
Cortisol Cortisol WET-BIO-SOP-498
Folate Serum folate WET-BIO-SOP-500
Progesterone Progesterone WET-BIO-SOP-501
Thyroxine Thyroxine WET-BIO-SOP-497
Canine serum TSH Canine serum TSH WET-BIO-SOP-443
Digoxin Digoxin WET-BIO-SOP-448
    AU2700
Thyroxine Thyroxine Homogenouos enzyme immunoassay WET-BIO-SOP-2616 using Microgenics T4 assay
Phenobarbital Phenobarbital WET-BIO-SOP-2825
Sample collection and submission guidelines
  • Ensure the samples have clotted and centrifuge 30–120 minutes after collection.
  • Separate serum into plain tubes and label tubes with the patient’s name and time of sample.
  • Submit tubes containing separated serum and request form to the laboratory.
To evaluate atypical or subclinical hyperadrenocorticism or Alopecia X in dogs
Sample Type Test Results Generated Equipment/Method
Cytology:
Aspirated Systemic Fluids Incl. (pleural/ascetic/pericardial/synovial)
Total Protein Total Protein AU2700
Refractive Index
WET-CYT-SOP-600 using a refractometer.
For the diagnosis of Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s disease)
Sample Type Test Results Generated Equipment/Method
Serum & Heparinised Plasma Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV) Antibody BVD Antibody WET-HAE-SOP-3492 by IDEXX ELISA
Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV) Antigen BVD Antigen WET-HAE-SOP-3493 by IDEXX ELISA
Serum
EDTA Plasma
Heartworm, Lyme and Ehrlichia by SNAP® 3Dx® Heartworm antigen Ehrlichia canis antibodies Canine Lyme antibody WET-HAE-SOP-423 by IDEXX SNAP® 3Dx®
FIV antibody detection FIV antibody test WET-HAE-SOP-418 by IDEXX ELISA
FIV antibody detection FIV Western blot WET-HAE-SOP-419 by Western blot using IDEXX FIV kit
FeLV antigen detection Feline leukaemia virus WET-HAE-SOP-417 using IDEXX FeLV ELISA
Canine Pancreatic Lipase Canine Pancreatic Lipase Test WET-HAE-SOP-1928 using IDEXX CPLi kit
Canine Anti-Thyroglobulin Antibodies TGAA Test WET-HAE-SOP-2139 by ELISA
Rheumatoid Antibodies Canine Antinuclear Antibodies Rheumatoid Antibodies Antinuclear Antibodies WET-HAE-SOP-410 by latex agglutination WET-HAE-SOP-409 by indirect immunofluorescence
Canine NT pro-BNP Canine pro-BNP WET-HAE-SOP-3463 by Canine Cardiopet Plus ELISA (IDEXX)
Feline NT pro-BNP Feline pro-BNP WET-HAE-SOP-3450 by Feline Cardiopet Plus ELISA (IDEXX)
Sample collection and submission guidelines
  • Ensure the samples have clotted and centrifuge 30–120 minutes after collection.
  • Separate serum into plain tubes and label tubes with the patient’s name and time of sample.
  • Submit tubes containing separated serum and request form to the laboratory.
An aid to the diagnosis of cryptorchidism in dogs
Sample Type Test Results Generated Equipment/Method
Fresh & fixed tissues and paraffin Wax blocks of processed tissue. Histology Interpretation of routine histological, histochemical and immunohistochemical stains including diagnosis for the purpose of disease identification. All below methods supported by documented procedures for cutting up, processing, embedding dehydration, clearing and mouting.
WET-HIS-SOP-205 & 49 Haematoxylin and Eosin (H&E) Stains
Identification of structures and cell morphologies through the detection of heparin granules, ferric iron, carbohydrates, basement membranes, connective tissue, copper, fungal elements and protozoa Special stains including; Gram Stain, Ziehl Neelson, Toluidine Blue, Perls Prussian Blue, Trichrome Stains, Melanin Bleach,  Congo Red, Rubeanic Acid, Periodic Acid Schiff,  Tissue Giemsa WET-HIS-SOP-206 – 211, 213, 215, 216, 236
Identification of specific cellular proteins including T and B cells melanocytes, cytokeratins, LI molecule and Corona Virus in macrohpages through antibody/antigen binding Immunohistochemistry WET-HIS-SOP-233 incorporating the following antibodies CD3, CD79, CK, VIM, Melan-A, Ki67, MAC 387, Lambda, FIP, CD117.
Opinions and Interpretations
Interpretation of histology and immunohistochemistry staining including diagnosis for the purposes of disease identification in companion animals.
Reporting  according to WET-ANP-SOP-1586
Sample collection and submission guidelines
  • Ensure the samples have clotted and centrifuge 30–120 minutes after collection.
  • Separate serum into plain tubes and label tubes with the patient’s name and time of sample.
  • Submit tubes containing separated serum and request form to the laboratory.
Test protocol to confirm the presence of functioning ovarian tissue in bitches showing signs of oestrus.
Sample Type Test Results Generated Equipment/Method
Animal swabs, tissues and biological fluids, as specified      
Swabs from eyes, nasal and throat, ears, skin, abscess/cyst, anal gland, interdigital cyst, pre-breeding, genitals Culture, isolation & antibiotic sensitivity of significant isolates Micro-organisms of veterinary clinical significance WET-MIC-SOP-2875 appropriate to the sample type with identification according to WET-MIC-SOP-713.
Equine Genital Tract Samples Screening for Taylorella equigenitalis, Klebsiellapneumoniae & pseudomonas aeroginosa Presence of Taylorella equigenitalis, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa WET-MIC-SOP-674 as screening for CEMO under the Code of Practice of the Horse Race Betting Levy Board
Blood cultures

Fluids/Aspirates
Culture, isolation & antibiotic sensitivity of significant isolates in blood cultures, fluids/ aspirates Micro-organisms of veterinary clinical significance WET-MIC-SOP-675

WET-MIC-SOP- 676 As appropriate for the sample type
Aerobic and Microaerobic Organisms Isolated from Disease Situations Bacterial antibiotic sensitivity Susceptibility profile  WET-MIC-SOP-2879 & 2880 using VITEK 2XL
Skin, hair and skin samples   Demonstrate presence of micro-organisms of veterinary clinical significance including bacteria, fungi, yeasts & ectoparasites WET-MIC-SOP-673 As appropriate to the sample type
Urine Urine examination Urine chemistry, white blood cells, red blood cells, crystals, casts & epithelial cells WET-MIC-SOP-692 by microscopy & dipsticks
Urine examination Micro-organisms of veterinary clinical significance WET-MIC-SOP- 692
Urine examination Specific Gravity WET-MIC-SOP-692 by refractometer
Faeces Faecal examination, culture & identification Salmonella spp WET-MIC-SOP-650 by selective enrichment (Rappaports V broth) and selective plating (Brilliant Green Agar)
Faecal examination, culture & identification Campylobacter spp WET-MIC-SOP-650 by direct plating
Faecal examination Demonstration of parasites of veterinary clinical significance WET-MIC-SOP-751 using direct microscopy, NaCl flotation and ZnSO4 flotation
Faecal examination Lungworm WET-MIC-SOP-751 by the Baermann test
Faecal examination Cryptosporidium WET-MIC-SOP-655 by modified Ziehl-Neelson staining
Faecal examination Worm egg count WET-MIC-SOP-751 using direct microscopy

Feline protocols

Dynamic test protocols for your feline patients

Diagnostic test for feline hyperadrenocorticism

Diagnostic test for feline hyperadrenocorticism. ACTH produces a lower peak cortisol value and the elevation is more transient in the cat compared with the dog.

Note: ACTH is not licensed for use in the cat.

  1. Collect baseline blood sample (1–2 ml blood in plain/gel tube).
  2. Inject ½ vial (125 μg) Synachten, intravenously.
  3. Sixty minutes post injection, collect the second sample as above.
  4. Ninety minutes post injection, collect the third sample as above.

Cortisol is measured in all samples (cortisol x 3).

Test Code FACT

Test protocol to confirm the presence of functioning ovarian tissue in queens not showing signs of oestrus at the time of sampling.

  1. Collect baseline blood sample (2 ml blood in plain/gel tube).
  2. Inject 0.40 μg Buserelin intramuscular.
  3. Two hours post injection, collect the second sample as above.

Oestradiol is measured in each sample (oestradiol x 2)

Test Code OAP1

An aid to the diagnosis of cryptorchidism in cats. This test has been shown to be an aid to the diagnosis of cryptorchidism in cats.

  1. Collect baseline blood sample (2 ml blood in plain/gel tube).
  2. Inject 300 IU hCG (Chorulon, Intervet) intravenously.
  3. Sixty minutes post injection, collect the second blood sample as above.

Testosterone is measured in each sample (testosterone x 2).

Test Code RIG

A diagnostic test for hyperadrenocorticism

A single high dose dexamethasone suppression test is recommended as a diagnostic test for hyperadrenocorticism in the cat. Results of this test should never constitute the sole evidence for the presence of this disease in cats.

  1. Collect baseline blood sample (1–2 ml blood in plain/gel tube).
  2. Inject soluble dexamethasone intravenously at a dose rate of 0.1 mg/kg. 
  3. Four hours post injection, collect the second sample as above.
  4. Eight hours post injection, collect the third sample as above.

Cortisol is measured in all samples (cortisol x 3).

Test Code DSTC

Test protocol to confirm the presence of functioning ovarian tissue in queens showing signs of oestrus. No baseline sample is required for this test

  1. Inject 300 IU hCG (Chorulon, Intervet) intramuscularly during behavioural oestrus.
  2. Two weeks later collect blood sample (2 ml blood in plain/gel tube).

Progesterone is measured in post hCG sample. (progesterone x 1)

Test Code PGT

Equine protocols

Dynamic test protocols for your equine patients

Dexamethasone Supression Test is generally regarded as a suitable screening test to differentiate normal horses from those with hyperadrenocorticism. Single doses of dexamethasone given to laminitic ponies have caused no clinical problems after administration.

  1. Between 16:00 and 18:00 Collect baseline blood sample (at least 1 ml of blood in plain/gel tube).
  2. Inject soluble dexamethasone intramuscularly at a dosage of 0.04 mg/kg.
  3. Fifteen to 19 hours post injection, collect the second sample as above.

Cortisol is measured in all samples (cortisol x 2).

Test Code EDEX

To differentiate between crytorchid animals and false rigs. In animals 3 years or older, to differentiate between crytorchid animals and false rigs (castrated males showing signs suggestive of testicular hormonal stimulation). The test is not suitable for donkeys.

  • Collect a single blood sample (at least 1 ml blood in plain/gel tube).

Oestrone sulphate is measured (oestrone sulphate x 1).
Test Code OSR

A diagnostic test for hyperadrenocorticism
  1. Collect baseline blood sample (2 ml blood in plain/gel tube).
  2. Inject 6000 IU hCG (Chorulon, Intervet) intravenously.
  3. Sixty minutes post injection, collect second blood sample as above.

Testosterone is measured in each sample (testosterone x 2).

Test Code RIG

References:

  1. Rehm M. Seeing double. Vet Econ. 2007;48(10):40–48.