Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

Diagnostic tests play a vital role in reaching a diagnosis for your pet. Veterinary Specialty Center’s onsite Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory provides a wide range of tests and services to assist our doctors in the timely diagnosis of our patients. Our on-site testing is provided by the University of Illinois’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

Some of the diagnostic testing performed in-house includes:

  • Chemistry (profiles, bile acids, bromide, fructosamine, phenobarbital)
  • Hematology (CBC, platelet count, reticulocytes)
  • Coagulation (fibrinogen, FDP, PT, PTT)
  • Urinalysis
  • Coombs
  • Centrifuged fecal float
  • Urine protein
  • Creatinine ratio

Biopsy, microbiology, and endocrinology testing is forwarded to the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Urbana. When needed, we work with other outside laboratories to obtain results for a small range of tests not available at VSC.

Laboratory hours at VSC in Buffalo Grove are:

  • Monday through Friday –  7 am –5:30 pm
  • Saturday – 8 am– 3:30 pm

Visit the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on-line for a complete list of tests and services.


Starting Monday, April 8th through the end of September, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin their road resurfacing project along Waukegan Road from Lake Cook Road to Half Day Road (IL 22). Please allow additional travel time to our hospital during the construction. Learn More: Waukegan Road Resurfacing Project