Lighthouse Veterinary Hospital

6030 Island Highway West
Qualicum Bay, BC V9K2E1

(250)757-9911

www.lighthousevet.ca

Laboratory Services

In-house Laboratory Services

Our in-house laboratory allows us to offer many tests on-site for rapid results when we need them most. On-site testing includes urinalysis, complete blood count, blood chemistry, thyroid hormone (T4, thyroxine), rapid drug testing (for suspected accidental ingestion), ear/skin cytology, basic fecal testing, FIV/FeLV testing and testing for pancreatitis markers.

Reference Laboratory

Special tests like histopathology (tissue analysis), cultures, Cushing’s testing/monitoring and vaccine titres go to a reference laboratory on the mainland.  

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Community announcement: we have had several domestic indoor/outdoor and feral cats test positive for FIV in the last 18 months. For this reason, we strongly recommend all indoor/outdoor cats have a simple, annual blood test to check for FIV & Feline Leukemia. It’s best to test for FIV & Feline Leukemia annually and before introducing a new kitten to your feline family. It’s a simple test with rapid results. 

Most recent positive FIV test: June 13th, 2024 HILLIERS NORTH AREA 

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Read the CVMA articles linked below for more information on Feline Immunodeficiency Virus & Feline Leukemia

CVMA: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) CVMA: Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)