Sample Preparation

Sample Preparation

CBC: For most avian species, we recommend that blood be drawn in a LT (EDTA) tube. Use a small pediatric tube (Microtainer, Capijet) to make sure of proper blood:anti-coagulant ratio. Submit two fresh blood smears on full length slides (not coverslips). See VIDEO (low quality, high quality) on slide preparation. For ratites, some duck species, and all reptiles, GT (lithium heparin) tubes should be used. DO NOT put whole blood near or on a cold pak. Cold paks are acceptable but make sure that your sample is not in direct contact where it could possibly freeze.

Chemistry: All of our reference ranges are based on lithium heparin plasma. After collection of the sample, centrifuge and separate plasma into a separate transport tube ( not into another tube with anticoagulant). Cold pak optional for overnight delivery.

Bile Acids: Reference ranges are based on lithium heparinized plasma. Hemolysis and lipemia – if not marked – are acceptable. Prefer analysis on refrigerated samples within 3 days. If longer delays, freeze the sample. Cold pak optional for overnight shipment.

Electrophoresis: Reference ranges are based on lithium heparinized plasma. Centrifuge and separate the sample to a small microfuge transport tube. Samples with moderate to marked hemolysis are not recommended. Lipemia is acceptable. Cold pak optional for overnight delivery. See more information on Electrophoresis.

Chlamydophila Serology (IFA): Lithium heparinized plasma or serum is acceptable. Separate sample to a microfuge tube for transport. Cold pak optional for overnight delivery. See attached information sheet for full test description.

Aspergillus Serology: Lithium heparinized plasma or serum is acceptable. Separate sample to a microfuge tube for transport. Cold pak optional for overnight delivery. See attached information sheet for full test description.

DNA tests: Heparinzed blood and swabs (non-gel type)are acceptable. See attached information sheet for full test description.