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OnSite Laboratory

th cogginslabThe on-site diagnostic laboratory originated in 1986. It provides a wide variety of tests, with strict quality control and a short turnaround time. The Lab Director, Lynn Keach, is Florida Licensed and a member of the Veterinary Microbiology Association for Clinical Laboratories.

The laboratory services include:


The complete blood count (CBC) is the most commonly performed basic hematology technique. This procedure provides the veterinarian with a red cell mass, white cell number, platelet estimate, total protein, and blood smear evaluation.


A serum chemistry is a test performed to find levels of chemicals produced in the body. The levels aid the veterinarian in diagnosing and treating the horses.


Cytology involves the microscopic examination and evaluation of individual cells. Cytologies aid the veterinarian in diagnosing and treating problems. Transtracheal washes, uterine cytologies, abdominal and joint taps, are a few examples of the various cytologies we evaluate.


Serological testing is an important tool for the diagnosis of infectious diseases. In veterinary medicine, serology tests are often required by regulatory agencies to prove an animal isn't infected for a carrier of a particular infectious disease.

Blood Gas

A blood gas measures levels of gases such as oxygen, carbon dioxide and the blood's Ph level. The blood gas is utilized on animals in surgery and animals that are being monitored closely by the veterinarians.


Parasites are responsible for significant disease in horses. Internal and external parasites can be present on or in all animals and in every organ or tissue. Fecal floats or skin scrapings are used to identify the offending parasites and aids the veterinarian in treating the animal.


The purpose of the clinical microbiology laboratory is to rapidly and accurately provide the veterinarian with information concerning the presence or absence of a bacteria that is specifically or potentially involved in an infectious disease process in a patient.

EIA Testing (Coggins)

EIA testing is State regulated. We offer AGAR-gel, which is a 24-hour test or ELISA, which is set up and reported out the same day it is submitted. The State prefers AGAR-gel testing. ELISAs are only used in an emergency situation.

Mid Florida Veterinary Laboratory originated in May 1995. It is a sister lab to our diagnostic lab. It was the first private lab in the State of Florida to be certified for EIA testing. This enabled other laboratories to apply for EIA certification. In addition to supporting the hospital and ambulatory departments, our lab provides services for a number of area veterinarians as well as out of State veterinarians.