Based on several months of testing and validation, Phoenix Lab recently rolled out a new minimum sample policy for all avian and exotic clients (see below). We understand that meeting these new minimum sample requirements can be exceptionally difficult for small, uncooperative, and critically ill patients, and we know how frustrating it can be to hear that inadequate sample was received at the laboratory. We appreciate our clients’ input and support as we have worked to provide the most accurate, reliable results for our smallest patients.
In acknowledgement of how difficult it can be to obtain adequate sample volume, we have developed new “mini” chemistry panels. These mini panels are intended help target specific organ systems, based on the on the patient’s clinical presentation to their veterinarian, when adequate volume for a full profile cannot be obtained.
Minimum volumes by panel
(note that this for chemistry tests only; additional volume would be needed for CBCs)
In order to receive your results quickly, please ensure that your sample meets the minimum volumes listed. If we are unable to run the requested testing due to a short sample, the test will be held until Client Services can contact the clinic to arrange for a different test.
On the backside of this page, you will find newly created mini-profiles, created in consultation with an avian and exotics specialist, to help prioritize the analytes run from small samples.
If you are unsure that the sample submitted will be an adequate volume for the requested test, please note a backup test or analyte priorities on the test request form. This will allow the laboratory staff to perform testing without delay.
Avian and Exotic “Mini Panels”
Below, please find the “mini panels” created to help target diagnostics on small samples. Any of these panels can be requested as a primary panel, or requested as a “back up” to larger panels in case of short samples. Please note that sample volumes refer to plasma or serum volume alone; for the corresponding whole blood volumes, please refer to the table above.