Hospital for Small Animals

Novel Diagnostic Test Development

We offer all healthy dogs a free blood test at their annual vaccination check.

This free blood test allows us to detect diseases that are not causing clinical signs at the moment. This can allow DVGP to put in place treatments at any early stage in the disease process which we hope will then lead to better treatment outcomes.

When we perform the free blood test, we will collect enough blood for the diagnostic tests and, with your consent, an additional small amount of blood (never more than 5ml or 2% of blood circulating volume) which can be used in our diagnostic test discovery programme. This resource of stored blood samples from healthy dogs is very helpful when we investigate whether a new test can effectively differentiate between healthy and diseased patients.

If you would like to be involved in this initiative, please ask the DVGP vets or reception for more information.