Effective June 4, 2018, the MSU VDL’s thyroid testing no longer includes measurement of free T3. The MSU VDL Endocrinology Laboratory will continue to assess T3, the active form of thyroid hormone, as total T3. This change will reduce the number of samples with insufficient volume for a complete thyroid profile and will contribute to our efforts to reduce radioactive waste generated by the laboratory. In anticipation of this adjustment to our thyroid profiles, the prices for those assays were minimally impacted by our fee increase in January.
The MSU VDL’s Bacteriology Laboratory is now reporting new antimicrobial susceptibility panels for companion animals. These panels comply with current Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) veterinary antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) guidelines. Clients will now see separate Gram positive (GP) and Gram negative (GN) AST panels on reports. In addition, new drugs have been added including:
- Nitrofurantoin (GP panel only)
- Minocycline (GP panel only)
- Cephalexin (GN panel only)
- Piperacillin/tazobactam (GN panel only)
- Orbifloxacin (GN panel only)
A new bovine/porcine panel will be available later this year.