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Hematology

Test

Minimum Sample Size

Shipping

Avian/Reptile CBC (WBC, PCV, plasma protein, differential, Platelet Estimate) 0.2 mL heparinized blood + 2-3 slides Ice pack
Bone Marrow Examination 5-6 marrow aspirate slides Ambient
Buffy Coat Examination 1 mL EDTA Blood or 2-3 buffy coat slides Ice pack
Canine DEA 1.1 Blood Typing 0.5 mL EDTA blood Ice pack
CBC with Differential (Mammals) 1 mL EDTA Blood + 2-3 slides Ice pack
Coombs’ Test- 4 or 37 deg C 0.5 mL EDTA blood Ice pack
Cross Match- Major & Minor (1-3 donors) 1 mL serum + 0.2 mL EDTA blood from each donor & patient Ice pack
Additional Donors (each) 1 mL serum + 0.2 mL EDTA blood from each donor Ice pack
Cross Match- Major or Minor only 1 mL serum + 0.2 mL EDTA blood Ice pack
Differential Only 2-3 blood slides Ambient
HPP/Fibrinogen 0.2 mL EDTA blood or heparinized blood Ice pack
Heinz Bodies 0.2 mL EDTA blood or 1-2 slides Ice pack
Hematocrit (PCV, HCT) 0.2 mL EDTA blood or heparinized blood Ice pack
Hemoglobin 0.4 mL EDTA blood or heparinized blood Ice pack
Icterus Index 0.2 mL EDTA blood or heparinized blood Ice pack
Mycoplasma (Hemobartonella) Check 0.2 mL EDTA blood and 1-2 slides Ice pack
Parasite check 2-3 blood film slides Ambient
Plasma Protein 0.2 mL EDTA blood or heparinized blood Ice pack
Platelet Count 0.5 mL EDTA blood Ice pack
PT (prothrombin time) 0.3 mL citrated plasma Frozen
PTT (partial thromboplastin time) 0.3 mL citrated plasma Frozen
PT/PTT 0.6 mL citrated plasma Frozen
Red Blood Cell Count 0.4 mL EDTA blood or heparinized blood Ice pack
Reticulocyte Count 0.5 mL EDTA blood or heparinized blood Ice pack
White Blood Cell Count 0.4 mL EDTA blood or heparinized blood Ice pack

Handling and shipping advice for hematology samples

  • Send whole blood/serum overnight with ice pack.
  • For tests that require serum, spin down samples in a serum separator tube.
  • Clearly label slides in pencil.
  • Place slides in cardboard or plastic slide holder and secure with tape.
  • Wrap slide holder with bubble wrap, newspaper, or other similar material.
  • Include a completed clinical pathology submission form with billing information, patient information, sample source, pertinent history and/or provisional diagnosis, and desired test(s).
  • Please do not send samples in syringes.
  • The required sample type and shipping method for each test are listed above.