Efficient Diagnostics at Our In-House Laboratory
At Hefner Road Animal Hospital, we have a team of experienced and compassionate doctors and technicians as well as a host of diagnostic capabilities. These two things combine in our in-house laboratory to create accurate and efficient disease diagnosis.
Preventive medicine and internal health diagnostics require the ability to perform a variety of laboratory tests. Without timely access to precise laboratory test results, it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis or assessment of your pet’s health. That’s why we have a complete in-house laboratory providing timely access to tests, such as:
- Full blood panels—A blood panel is a test used to evaluate a pet’s overall health and to screen for a wide variety of disorders. It is also known as a complete blood count (CBC), full blood count (FBC), or hemogram.
- Chemistry panels—A chemistry panel is a blood test that measures the levels of several substances in the blood (such as electrolytes). A chemistry panel tells your pet’s doctor about his or her general health, helps look for certain problems, and finds out whether treatment for a specific problem is working.
- Cytology—Cytology is the study of the microscopic appearance of cells, especially for the diagnosis of abnormalities and malignancies.
- Fungal cultures—A fungal culture is a type of procedure that is used to determine if fungi are present in an area of the body. Fungi are microorganisms that thrive in moist, dark places, such as in shoes, a damp locker room, or in the folds of the skin. Some fungi are not harmful, while other types can cause infections.
- Urinalysis—Urinalysis can reveal diseases that have gone unnoticed because they do not produce striking signs or symptoms. Examples include diabetes mellitus, various forms of glomerulonephritis, and chronic urinary tract infections.
- Fecal tests—A fecal culture is a laboratory test to find organisms in the stool (feces) that can cause gastrointestinal symptoms and disease.
- Heartworm testing—An important part of a complete heartworm prevention program is testing. Testing ensures that your pet is free of adult heartworms and ready to start or continue on heartworm preventive medication.
Our Mission: Diagnostic Accuracy
Our compassionate veterinary technicians want to give your pet the quickest, most accurate diagnosis possible. As members of the AVMA and OVMA, we are well equipped with the knowledge and technology to do so.