DLAR Veterinary Research Services Equipment

Laboratory Groups Must Schedule

24 hours in advance to utilize DLAR's in house CBC and Chemistry Machines.  To schedule contact Amelia Hall or Bonnie Newcomb.

In-House Hematology Test

Complete Blood Count

IDEXX ProCyte DX Hematology Analyzer 

Required Sample type: at least 50 µL of Whole blood

  • EDTA tubes (lavender tube)
  • Homemade tubes: the concentration of EDTA should not exceed 3mg/mL

When collecting samples, thoroughly mix samples after adding blood to tube by inverting tube multiple times, do not shake sample vialsA clotted sample will yield incorrect results.

Run samples within 4 hours of collection, refrigerate for up to 12 hours.


  • Medical Center
  • Lee Todd Jr Bldg. (Bio-Pharm)

   CBC Cost:

  • $8.50 per sample for VRS staff member to run
  • $8.00 If lab personnel run sample

Lab personnel need to be properly trained in the use of this machine before running samples
Contact Amelia Hall or Bonnie Newcomb to schedule training

Manual Differential: peripheral blood smear can be made at your request and read by VRS at a tech charge rate $40.80/hour with a minimum charge of 30 minutes, or given to you for evaluation

   Dot Plots: 

  • Dot plots can be used to identify abnormalities within patient samples.  Each dot represents an individual cell in this critical component of a complete blood count. Viewed together, they provide a snapshot of cellular morphology.  Interpreting dot plots  

Serum Chemistry 

Abaxis VS2                                                                                                                                                 

Will be Processed by DLAR VRS Personnel

Required Sample type: at least 100 µL of Plasma

  • Serum separator tubes (marble top or plain red top no additive tubes)

Run samples within 5 hours of collection or refrigerate up to 48 hours or freeze samples up to 5 weeks.

In-House standard profile:

Comprehensive Diagnostic Profile: GLU, ALB, ALP, ALT, AMY, BUN, Ca, CRE, GLOB, K+, Na+, PHOS, TBIL, TP

   Cost: Chemistry: $30.70 per rotor (DLAR Supply Cost)

  • Tech Time of $40.80/hour with a minimum charge of 30 minutes
  • Each rotor/sample takes 15 minutes to yield results

If a rotor yields an error of “insufficient sample” and a sample must be run again, the extra rotor(s) will be charged.

To view other Blood Chemistry Profiles or in the orange bar click on Test profiles if you are using the Abaxis VS2 link above.  Use the navigation arrows to scroll right through the 12 selections. 

  • Samples will be charged tech time of $40.80/hour with a minimum charge of 30 minutes.

Other Available Profiles for Abaxis VetScan2:

   Electrolyte plus: Cl-, K+, Na+, tCO2

  • Cost: $122.10 12/box

   Kidney Profile Plus: GLU, ALB, BUN, Ca, Cl-, CRE, K+, Na+, PHOS, tCO2

  • Cost: $240.05 12/box

   Mammalian Liver Profile: ALB, ALP, ALT, BA, BUN, CHOL, GGT, TBIL

  • Cost:  $266.65 12/box

All cost are current as of 30 September 2021.  Cost may change due to supplier.

Identification and Temperature Technology

DLAR has a system for researcher use which transmits animal body temperature and identification data. It is ideal where data needs to be gathered without handling the animals and greatly minimizes time and effort spent manually monitoring temperatures. The system may be used on any experimental animals larger than 10 grams.  The system consists of programmable transponders which are implanted in the animal and a wireless reader which receives the transmitted animal body temperature and identification. The reader stores the data, which can then be downloaded into researchers data files.  Our research analysts can train you or help collect data for you.  To explore how this capability may be used in your research, please contact any DLAR veterinarian.