An appropriate submission form must accompany all samples. Reports are issued to the veterinary practice entered on the form.
The information requested is necessary to determine which laboratory tests are appropriate, to minimise associated laboratory charges and to optimise result turn-around time.
It is our aim to provide accurate results and timely service. However many diagnostic tests are not performed daily and laboratory schedules may change.
The submission form is a formal document designed to be concise yet thorough. The information requested is necessary to determine which laboratory tests are appropriate, to minimise associated laboratory charges and to optimise result turn-around time.
Submission of whole blood for haematological analysis
Blood samples for haematology examination should be collected from the animal in a continuous flow and gently mixed with the anticoagulant (EDTA). Samples should be delivered to the laboratory as soon as possible after collection, ideally on the same day. It may be better to choose to use the nearest laboratory/RVL in order to enable direct (same day) delivery, rather than postal (delayed) delivery if optimal haematology results are required.
Transfer of VLS BVD results to ICBF
Results for samples submitted as part of the BVD national eradication programme are automatically transferred to ICBF.
In a limited number of cases, it may also be necessary to transfer some non-programme VLS BVD laboratory test results to ICBF.
In such cases, complete the below submission form and send to the relevant, acting RVL.