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Hematology and Blood Chemistry Analysis

PHL - Blood Analysis

The PHL Hematology section offers a multi-quantitative, automated, as well as manual, hematology service. Our impedance-based analyzers determine a variety of hematological parameters in whole blood. The laboratory also offers a comprehensive blood chemistry service to investigators.

Clinical Chemistry Abaxis VetScan

The VetScan provides quantitative in-vitro determinations of clinical chemistry analytes in heparinized whole blood, heparinized plasma, or serum. The system uses a preprogrammed comprehensive diagnostic profile reagent rotor that includes the following tests.

  • Alanine Aminotransferase
  • Albumin
  • Alkaline Phosphatase
  • Amylase
  • Calcium
  • Creatinine
  • Globulin
  • Glucose
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Total Bilirubin
  • Total Protein
  • Blood Urea Nitrogen

PHL Clinical Chemistry Vitros 250

The blood chemistry analysis section offers a wide variety of clinical chemistry analyte tests on serum, urine, and cerebral spinal fluid. Methodologies includes colormetric, potentiometric, and rate test.

This open system is designed to provide the customer versatility to choose individual tests based on sample volume. A list of tests and required serum volume is provided below.

This service requires at least 48 hours notice and can be requested by completing the Blood Chemistry Request.

PHL - Histotechnology Blood Chemistry Parameters

TestMinimum Volume
Alanine Aminotransferase10 ul
Albumin10 ul
Alkaline Phosphatase11 ul
Amylase10 ul
Aspartate Aminotransferase11 ul
Bilirubin Unconjugated/Conjugated10 ul
Blood Urea Nitrogen10 ul
Calcium10 ul
Carbon Dioxide10 ul
Chloride10 ul
Cholesterol10 ul
Creatine Kinase11 ul
Creatine Kinase MB11 ul
Creatinine10 ul
Gamma Glutamyltransferase11 ul
Glucose10 ul
Hematology / CBC200 ul
Iron10 ul
Lactate Dehydrogenase11 ul
Magnesium10 ul
Phosphorus10 ul
Potassium10 ul
Sodium10 ul
Total Bilirubin10 ul
Total Protein10 ul
Triglyceride10 ul
Uric Acid10 ul
Urine Protein10 ul

Interpretation of results and consultation about various phenotyping services is available on request through the Veterinary Pathology Section within PHL.


  • Complete hematology profile using the CBC Hemavet blood counter calibrated for mouse, rat, rabbit, dog and cat.
  • Blood smears with manual counting when automated counting is precluded
Example of Blood Chemistry Test Sheet
Example of Blood Chemistry Test Sheet

Additional Information

Hematology and blood chemistry results exported into Excel can be emailed the same day.

Complete the Hematology Request and submit with samples.

To schedule samples or for any questions, please contact Bobbi Smith, telephone (301) 846-1275, or Larry Sternberg, telephone (301) 846-6881.

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