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Test Guide Definitions

The PDS Test Guide is divided into two separate lists, one for Food Animals and one for Companion / Other Animals. Where a diagnostic test is not species specific, the test will appear on both lists. Please note, however, that the Supported Price for Saskatchewan animals may be different on each list.
In addition, please note the following details of the PDS Test Guide structure:

1. Test Name: This is the key sort field in the new Test Guide and all diagnostic tests are indexed by test name. The naming convention within the new Test Guide is: Species (if species specific) - disease or causative agent – test type or method.

Examples of species specific tests are:
- Ovine Progressive Pneumonia
- Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS virus), ELISA

Examples of tests for a disease or causative agent that are not species specific are:
- Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE), BioRad Elisa
- Salmonella, serotyping per culture

If a diagnostic test is sometimes referred to by another name, an acronym or initials, ie. BVD versus Bovine Viral Diarrhea, then both are listed, for example:
- For Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome, the acronym PRRS is also listed with the comment “see Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome tests”.

Test methods that are neither species nor disease specific are listed under the test name itself, for example:
- Cytology, fluid, single site
- Cytology, smear or imprint, single site
- Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC)

2. Code: This lists the PDS “Test Code” applied to that test. Generally, it is the Test Code that indicates which PDS laboratory is normally responsible for the test and is a quick reference when ordering or inquiring about specific tests.

If the Test Code begins with:

The PDS Laboratory is:


- Administration, e.g. handling charges


- Bacteriology

C, G, U, X

- Clinical Pathology


- Endocrinology


- Immunology


- Necropsy/Pathology


- Parasitology


- PCR Laboratory


- Toxicology


- Virology

3. Sample/Special Info/Comments: The Sample required is always listed first and bolded. Other special information and comments can include: sample size and preparation requirements, storage, i.e. frozen, cooled, etc., shipping requirements, volume discounts, etc. Please note that Sample Volumes listed here are the minimum volumes required to run the test.

4. TAT and Testing Schedule: This column holds the “Turnaround Time” and also any test scheduling information, i.e. T or Th (for testing that is only done Tuesday or Thursday), Wed only (for tests only done on Wednesdays), etc. If not noted, the test is normally available
daily, Monday through Friday.