Benefits of an Advanced Lab for Pet Diagnostics

Pet Diagnostics With an Advanced Lab at Volunteer Veterinary Hospital When it comes to blood work, urinalysis, or testing for various illnesses, there is nothing more convenient and efficient than a veterinary hospital with an on-site lab. Add to that a modern facility, featuring the latest in veterinary diagnostic technology, and what you have is a neighborhood hospital unlike any in the South Knoxville area.

Our Veterinary Lab

Since 1996, Volunteer Veterinary Hospital has strived to stay current with technology. One aspect of this diligence is our capability to provide advanced veterinary diagnostics. Our hospital features the latest in IDEXX veterinary diagnostic equipment, including:

  • IDEXX VetLab Station—A laboratory information management system that integrates the results from the individual analyzers into a comprehensive report that is stored in the patient’s electronic medical record.
  • ProCyte DX—A hematology analyzer that utilizes Laser Flow cytometry, optical fluorescence, and Laminar Flow Impedance to give accuracy, speed, and precision to complete blood counts.
  • Catalyst DX—A chemistry analyzer that examines liver, kidney, and pancreas function, as well as glucose, proteins, and electrolytes. The Catalyst DX analyzer offers the flexibility to customize testing based on your pet’s needs.
  • SNAPshot DX—An analyzer that uses proven SNAP ELIZA technology and advanced optical system. This system is used to evaluate:
    • Canine heartworm testing
    • Ehrlichia, anaplasma, and Lyme disease screening (tick-borne diseases)
    • Viral testing (parvovirus, feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus)
    • Thyroid testing (T4)
    • Pancreatic lipase (canine and feline)
    • Giardia
    • Cortisol levels
  • IDEXX VetLab UA Analyzer—Urinalysis analyzer provides consistent results.

Our modern diagnostic machines benefit every pet that walks through our doors. They are especially beneficial for the pre-surgical patient, as their speed and efficiency allow testing to be done on the same day the surgery is scheduled.

Pet owners also benefit from our advanced lab. This is due to the integration between our diagnostic machines and office software. Pet owners can view their pet’s lab results through the pet portal, Petly, via their smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Other lab tests include, but not limited to:

  • Fecal examinations (evaluating for roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms)
  • Skin scrapes
  • Ear cytology
  • Antifreeze testing (ethylene glycol)

Reference lab testing:

  • Histopathology (biopsies)
  • Mass/tumor cytology (fine needle aspirate)
  • Fungal cultures
  • Bacterial cultures and sensitivities
  • Urine cultures
  • Progesterone testing
  • Allergy testing

Diagnostic tests not only help veterinarians to identify diseases quickly, but they also enable treatment to be initiated sooner, preventing more serious illnesses. For more information about the benefits of our advanced lab, or to make an appointment for your pet, we invite you to contact us today. A friendly member of our staff will be glad to answer any of your questions.


"Volunteer Veterinary Hospital has been caring for our pets for many years and will continue to do so for many more due to the skill and dedication of the professionals who lead the organization."
— Joe & Helen Bruner

"All my pets have been patients at Volunteer Veterinary for at least the last 20 years. The entire staff has always gone above and beyond to make sure my dogs have been properly taken care of. I wouldn’t think of going anywhere else."
— Phylis Flenniken

"I want to thank you and your entire staff for all that you do for my dogs. I’ll never forget when we lost our precious Sapphire years ago; and the way you allowed me to come daily and spend time with her. Your compassion and kindness was so comforting to us during our time of loss."
— Sherry Meacham & Roscoe

"Let me say that I feel honored to reference in behalf of my experience with Volunteer Vet Hospital. I admire Dr Bihl and his staff, they are very kind and considerate. I enjoyed my visits and knew they were compassionate and caring people."
— Susan Oglietti