TESTs that Work
Due to close collaboration between VetSERV and practicing veterinarians, we get important insights and feedback. Suggestions from practicing vets allow us to keep our tests relevant and to introduce new tests that actually help the vets make better treatment choices. Here we provide a few examples of how VetSERV has leveraged its relationship with vets to introduce and improve tests for pets that have made a significant difference in diagnostic value of our results.
Buffy Coat Smear: For Blood Parasite Testing
Blood parasites are the single biggest reason for causing serious illness in pets. Symptoms can be confusing and most vets would like a confirmation of diagnosis to proceed with specialised treatment.
During a feedback session, one of our senior and highly experienced clinicians asked us to adopt the buffy coat method to examine a slide to look for parasites. We are the only diagnostic lab to have adopted this practice and our ability to identify and confirm the disease causing parasite is better by at least 5-8 times than conventional methods.
The only lab to use this test to improve confirmatory diagnosis by over 5 times
Veterinary Refractometer for Urine Specific Gravity
When a pet's kidney's do not function properly - it cannot be emphasised enough- it is very important to detect the malfunction as early as possible. This is so because damage to the kidneys is irreversible and if the damage is beyond a point, the pet can survive only on dialysis or a transplant - very difficult options which are not even available in India. Urine specific gravity is a very sensitive and cheap test which can help diagnose kidney function issues at an early stage. However, most labs use a strip which is not accurate enough considering the sensitivity required.
VetSERV is the only lab using a digital veterinary refractometer for determining urine specific gravity.
Veterinary Relevant Antibiotics for Sensitivity Testing
VetSERV keeps its tests relevant to how vets work in veterinary clinics. Sensitivity testing can be of very little value to the veterinary practitioner if the antibiotics listed in sensitivity report are not used by veterinary clinics routinely. Due to our collaborative relationship with the veterinary clinicians we work with, the list of antibiotics we use in sensitivity testing has the largest range and the most relevant range.
VetSERV is the only lab to include veterinary relevant antibiotics in sensitivity testing