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Blood biochemistry: overview

Contributor(s): Anna Meredith, Vetstream Ltd, Michael Waters, John Chitty

Overview

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • A number of different methodologies may be available for any given test.

Availability

  • Many tests are routinely available - if in doubt, contact the laboratory to confirm availability of a specific test.

Validity

Sensitivity

  • The percentage of diseased animals with abnormal results.

Specificity

  • The percentage of non-diseased animals with normal results.

Predictive value

  • How well the test performs in a given population of animals (the probability that the result reflects the true status of the animal).

Technique (intrinsic) limitations

  • In general, results of any given test are most significant when interpreted in conjunction with other laboratory and clinical findings.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Benson K G & Paul-Murphy J (1999) Clinical pathology of the domestic rabbit: acquisition and interpretation of samples. Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract 2 (3), 539-552 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Varga M (2014) Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. 2nd edn. Butterworth Heinemann Elsevier, London, UK.
  • Wesche P (2014) Clinical Pathology. In: BSAVA Manual of Rabbit Medicine. Eds: Meredith A & Lord B. pp 124-137. BSAVA, Gloucester, UK.
  • Fudge A M (1999) Laboratory Medicine. Avian and Exotic Pets. W B Saunders Co. ISBN: 0721 676 790.


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