In most veterinary clinics all but the simplest of pathology tests are carried out by external laboratories from samples collected by the vet. It’s much the same as when your doctor sends you for tests, the doctor doesn’t do them but sends you off to the pathology centre for them to stick you with various needles.
That’s fine for humans, because the pathology collection centre is usually next door or close by. And it works for city based vets too because the specialist animal pathology labs are based in major centres and response times are reasonably quick. But in a small rural town like ours using external pathology labs means sending every sample for every test off to Melbourne and waiting for the results, a process which can take days and leave anxious pet parents with a sometimes agonising wait.
At Alpine Animal Doctors we don’t think that’s the way to provide excellence in animal healthcare so we have invested heavily in building our own fully functional pathology lab right here in the hospital. By doing so we have eliminated the need to use external laboratories for all but the most unusual and complex of tests. Our in-house equipment can handle more than 98% of all the tests we need to do, with results available in less than an hour in most cases.
Alpine Animal Doctors is the only animal hospital in the region with the ability to conduct virtually all our pathology testing in-house.
We use various other advanced devices to complete the total pathology service we can offer our clients and patients.
In addition to these we also have equipment that provides us with ECGs (electro-cardiograms) for heart function.