Veterinary medicine focuses on disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in domestic animals such as cats and dogs, and commercial animals like cows, pigs, and chickens. In addition to performing a physical examination of the animal in question - which includes checking vital signs like breathing, heart rate, and temperature - veterinarians often collect sample material for testing at an external laboratory.
The types of veterinary tests that are typically performed include complete blood counts, stool screening for parasites, and basic urinalysis. Many external laboratories also offer a basic panel of veterinary markers that can be useful for identifying general health problems. When more specific health insights are required, specialized tests might involve detection of parasitic larval stages, fuller microbiological analysis, or monitoring of additional biomarkers.
Veterinary IVD testing
To control the spread of disease and save animal lives, veterinarians increasingly rely on in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests that can be performed at the point of care. Using easily collectable samples such as blood, feces, and urine, IVD tests can detect the presence of an infection or diagnose a chronic disease in just minutes. As well as saving time, point of care testing can also save money since it removes the need for samples to be sent away to an external laboratory for analysis.
For IVD tests to deliver accurate results, they must be based on high-quality reagents. Common test formats such as immunoturbidimetry (IT), chemiluminescence immunoassay (CLIA), lateral flow (LF), and fluorescence immunoassay (FIA) all require highly specific antibodies that have been shown to work in the chosen application. When native or recombinant antigens are used as controls, reference standards, or in serology testing, it is essential that they closely resemble the endogenous target.
- C-Reactive protein (CRP)
- Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
- Feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV)
- Feline leukemia virus (FLV)
- Foot and mouth disease virus (FMDV)
- Herpes virus
- Minute virus of mice (MVM)
- Pancreatic lipase
- Pneumonia virus of mice (PVM)
- Serum amyloid A
- Swine fever
Sensitivity of antibody pairs for recombinant Serum Amyloid A (canine and equine) in sandwich FIA. The pair 2211 (capture) + 2209 (detection) showed the best sensitivity for both recombinant antigens.
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