At AVL, we foster and maintain standards of excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine so veterinarians can effectively practice preventive medicine, diagnose, and treat their patients. Our ongoing commitment to deliver quality patient care focuses on reproducible laboratory results that are consistently accurate, precise, and reported within rapid analytical turnaround time (TAT) benchmarks. Quality assurance and quality control procedures are rigorously maintained with manual review of all abnormal results.
Clinical testing is performed with board certified pathologist oversight. Our highly-skilled testing personnel have completed academic degree course work and are professionally qualified Clinical Laboratory Scientists. They are educated and clinically trained to perform waived tests, moderate-complexity tests, and high-complexity tests for reliable results you can trust.
AVL is a state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory offering a comprehensive test menu for general and specialty testing.
Special test profiles and panels are available for targeting specific organ systems in a cost-effective manner. Our extended list of tests with sample requirements, turnaround times and our fee schedule is available at the client log-in section of our web site.
|Type of Submission||Submission||Requirements||Storage|
|Hematology||Whole blood in EDTA or Heparin anticoagulant.||Minimum 1 ml of anticoagulated whole blood, EDTA is preferred anticoagulant. Allow vacuum to fill the tube the entire preset amount in order to obtain the proper blood to anticoagulant ratio.||Keep refrigerated with secured lid.|
|Chemistry||Serum||Minimum 1 ml of serum in a serum separator or red top tube. Please separate serum and red blood cells.||Keep refrigerated with secured lid.|
|Biopsy||Tissue||Plastic screw top jar with a secured lid containing 10% buffered neutral formalin.||Room temperature. Use an air tight leak proof container. Place the tightly closed jar in the sample bag with absorbent material and place the form in the outside pouch, separate from the jar.|
|Cytology||Fine Needle Aspirate||Frosted edged slides preferred. Please label slides with patient name and location.||Slide container. Room temp. Do not refrigerate.|
|Fluid||Leak proof container. DO NOT ADD FORMALIN||Refrigeration or cool temp. Air tight leak proof container placed in a sample bag with absorbent material with the form in the outside pouch of the sample bag.|
|Urinalysis||Urine||White top tube (no additive)||If LEPTOSPOROSIS is suspected, please label on tube.|
|Ionized Calcium and Parathyroid Hormone||Serum||Red top, separated||Please freeze serum after separation and ship on ice pack.|
Validated test results are sent to individual patient files through the integration of the laboratory information system and veterinary practice management software.
Histopathology and cytopathology are performed by board certified pathologists and reported in a timely manner.
We provide anatomic and clinical pathology consultation services with our board-certified pathologists for complex diagnostic cases. Our experienced pathologists will help interpret laboratory test results and offer their expert opinions regarding treatment options for optimal patientcare. AVL clients receive complimentary consultations with our certified veterinary pathologists.