Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic Services

At Diamond Valley Veterinary Hospitals we offer a wide range of diagnostic facilities and modern in-house equipment that includes blood pathology, microscopy, radiology, ultrasound, ECG, blood pressure monitoring, and endoscopy.

No matter what diagnostics may be required, our Staff will thoroughly explain all recommended options to you to ensure you are comfortable with your pets health plan.

Our hospitals are fully equipped and licensed to take radiographs (x-rays) of your pet. Our veterinarians will discuss your pets case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires radiographs. Radiographs are a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving bones, the chest or abdomen. At both of our hospitals we offer modern digital (computerised) radiography. Generally an animal will require sedation or general anaesthesia to take safe and high quality radiographs.

We have several veterinarians on our team with a special interest in ultrasonography. With our ultrasound machine our veterinarians are able to offer a detailed form of imaging for soft tissue. This is a non invasive method of allowing us to gather more information regarding a diagnosis without the need for surgery. If a highly complex ultrasound is required, we can enlist the aid of a specialist ultrasonographer. In most situations an animal will be lightly sedated for an ultrasound.

Clinical Pathology involves the laboratory evaluation of blood, body fluids or body tissues to identify existing disease. Common laboratory tests include blood chemistries, complete blood counts, blood clotting times, urinalysis, faecal tests, fine needle aspiration, skin scrapings, cultures and infectious disease testing. 

Our hospitals are equipped with an in-house laboratory that allows our veterinarians to quickly perform many of these diagnostic tests to achieve an accurate and rapid diagnosis. This is especially important in very ill animals and those requiring immediate or emergency treatment. Some more specialised tests may need to be performed by an external veterinary laboratory.

Our in-house laboratory equipment can provide results within minutes. Specialised external laboratory testing can take more time, depending on the nature of the test being performed. Your veterinarian will give you a more definite time to expect results.