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.


ALERT: Our ER is open, but our ICU is currently at capacity. We may not be able to admit additional pets for hospitalization at this time.