At Northwest Austin Veterinary Center, our vets are trained to utilize the state-of-the-art diagnostic tests and tools that are available to us at our in-house vet lab. This allows us to accurately diagnose your cat or dog's medical issues and to provide you with effective treatment options.

Book An Appointment

Diagnostic Vet Lab

We utilize electromagnetic radiation and other technology for diagnostic imaging. This helps us acquire in-depth images of your animal's internal structures. 

At Northwest Austin Veterinary Center, we have a veterinary diagnostic laboratory that contains advanced tools that allow us to accurately diagnose your cat or dog's medical conditions. We have a range of services available including digital radiology and ultrasounds. 

With our diagnostic imaging abilities, we are able to obtain accurate diagnostic information regarding your pet's medical condition and provide you with options for their treatment immediately.

Diagnostic & Lab Technology, Austin Vet

In-House Vet Lab & Pet Pharmacy in Austin

At our in-house laboratory, our vets can conduct diagnostic tests and get quick results so we can provide you with an accurate diagnosis for your pet's symptoms and start treatment as swiftly as possible.

Our veterinary pharmacy in Austin has a range of prescription medications and diets available, so we have easy access to any medications your cat or dog might need while in the care of our vets.

Diagnostic & Lab Technology, Austin Vet

Our Diagnostic Services 

Our in-house diagnostics lab provides our veterinary team with the advanced diagnostic testing they need to accurately diagnose your pet's medical conditions.

  • Radiography (Digital X-Rays)

    With a radiograph (digital X-ray), we are able to examine the internal systems of cats and dogs to find information that might be invisible from the outside. 

    Radiography is painless, non-invasive, and safe. It only uses very minimal doses of radiation. Since the level of radiation exposure needed to use radiography is very low, even young pets and pregnant females can have this procedure done. 

    We can use radiographs to evaluate organs and bones and to diagnose conditions such as bladder stones, broken bones, chronic arthritis, spinal cord diseases, and a handful of tumors. 

  • Ultrasound

    The use of diagnostic imaging helps our veterinarians obtain extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.

    In ultrasound imaging, we expose part of your pet's body to high-frequency sound waves to produce images of their body's insides. 

    Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, we are able to see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.

    Having this valuable technology available to our vets in our in-house lab means that your pet's condition can be diagnosed swiftly and treatment can begin sooner. 

  • Bloodwork

    At our Austin vet lab our team can run a range of specialized and common blood tests to determine your pet's health condition and to diagnose illness.

    Several of the more common veterinary blood tests we perform are CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile. 

  • Urinalysis

    Urinalysis is an essential diagnostic test that gives your vet a key insight into the chemical and physical properties of your cat or dog's urine.

    Usually, we use urinalysis to assess the health of your pet's urinary tract and kidneys, but it can also help us detect problems in other organ systems and is important for diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

    This is a valuable diagnostic test for both sick and healthy animals and should be a part of all of your pet's comprehensive examinations to help determine their overall health. 

  • Fecal Exams

    A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which can be performed at our Austin vet lab.

    The primary goal of fecal exams is to detect and treat any GI infections that might be compromising your cat or dog's health and potentially the health of your family. Fecals allow your vet to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms. 

    Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.

    Because these parasites reside in your animal’s gastrointestinal tract, they are usually hidden out of sight. The only way we can find them is with a fecal exam.

    Annual fecal examines should be a vital part of every pet's routine wellness exam.