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Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates

Laboratory Services

Diagnostic testing can identify problems your pet may be experiencing so that proper treatment can begin before a condition worsens.


Unfortunately, pets can’t tell us where it hurts, and oftentimes, a healthy appearing animal may be masking symptoms of disease or illness. We recommend veterinary diagnostic testing to identify any problems and to begin treatment as early as possible. These tests are especially helpful when symptoms are unspecific or hard to define.

When would laboratory work be needed?

Most laboratory work is done through routine wellness exams as directed by our doctors. For emergencies or unscheduled visits, our diagnostic lab will run various tests to determine the best treatment for your pet.

We recommend regular tests to determine your pet’s health. If any concerns or conditions are found, we will help you decide on proper treatment. If your pet is showing irregular behavior, please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors will determine which laboratory services are appropriate during your exam.

How do veterinarians use laboratory work?

To ensure a proper diagnosis, we first examine your pet by looking at their eyes, ears, and skin; then we check their cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, and skeletal systems for any abnormalities. We will then perform blood and/or urine tests if necessary to check their kidneys, liver, pancreas, and endocrine system. Based on your pet’s condition, we may recommend further diagnostic testing.

If you’re concerned that something may be wrong with your pet, please call us to schedule a medical assessment.


Our in-house laboratory allows us to perform important tests for our patients with same-day results. This means we don’t have to wait to diagnose their condition and can begin treatment sooner.

Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates provides a number of tests, including:

  • Stool samples – Used to detect the presence of parasites including roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms

  • Urine samples – Used to detect various types of urinary tract diseases including infection and kidney disease

  • Blood samples – Used to detect dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease, leptospirosis, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

When necessary, we also utilize commercial veterinary laboratories for specialized diagnostics and consultations to ensure your pet receives the most accurate diagnosis.