Veterinary diagnostics – the smart way

Veterinary testing can be challenging at times, not only because of the many species particularities, but also because volume really matters. Even small animals such as lab and pet rodents or birds require blood tests for various reasons, yet the amount of blood that can be safely taken is limited. Maximum insight from minimum sample volumes is at the core of our solutions.

A brief history of veterinary testing and recognition

The first veterinary educational institute in Europe was founded in France in 1762 by the veterinary surgeon Claude Bourgelat (1712-1779 CE) as a response to the widespread deaths of cattle due to the plague (also known as Rinderpest in certain parts of the world). The students at Bourgelat's school made such impressive strides in research, diagnosis, and treatment, that the French king Louis XV (1715-1774 CE) established a Royal School of veterinarian medicine in 1765 CE. Other schools would follow in other European countries through 1791 CE and up through 1862 CE with the first veterinary school in the United States – the Veterinary College of Philadelphia - established in 1852 CE. [1]

The most recent ‘Father of Veterinary Medicine’ is the well-known American physician James Harlan Steele (1913-2013 CE) who is hailed for elevating public awareness of the care and safety of animals. [1] He helped establish mass vaccination programmes in the United States for diseases like rabies and bovine brucellosis. He visited dozens of countries to start veterinary public health programmes and to help trace specific diseases. [2]

Back in April of 1863 in Hamburg, Germany, a general meeting amongst doctors to discuss Rinderpest – one of the first widely-acknowledged pandemics among animals – occurred. Today it is the only animal disease ever to be eradicated. This meeting became the first International Veterinary Congress with the World Veterinary Association being founded in 1959. Now, World Veterinary Day is recognised on 25 April every year to promote animal health and welfare.

Sysmex and veterinary diagnostics

With over 50 years’ experience in the haematology market, we take veterinary haematology to the next level. No matter whether you are a research laboratory with low sample numbers or a high-throughput routine lab in need of total automation, our solutions are in line with your requirements – modular, scalable, smart. 

The first diagnostic solution we developed for veterinary use was launched in 2006, the pocH-100iV Diff, with the main use at veterinary universities and laboratories. After many years and lots of research, we now have solutions that cover the entire haematology workflow, including counting, smearing, staining and digital imaging.  

More than just mammals

Non-mammalian vertebrates such as birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, have blood cells which are all nucleated. Traditionally, the interference of the numerous red blood cells with leukocytes and thrombocytes has hindered the automation of the CBC (complete blood count) of these species. However, after years of development, the combination of dedicated reagents and intricate algorithms allow XN-V Series equipped with PLT-F channel to deliver CBC also for non-mammalian samples.

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