Diagnostic & Lab Testing

We complete thorough diagnostic tests to diagnose tricky conditions and offer your pet the best solutions and treatment


MicroscopeMany skin and ear conditions can look very similar to each other resulting in difficult diagnosis. Veterinary dermatologists will not only have to use their knowledge of allergies and other conditions, but also complete a variety of diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of the problem.

The first thing that our dermatology specialists have to do is eliminate possible parasites, infections and allergies. Correct and safe treatment can’t be given without the correct diagnosis and this is particularly important when dealing with conditions that are incurable, such as atopic dermatitis.

We complete a range of tests on animals that come to us with possible ear and skin problems. Skin scrapings and cytology tests are performed on the majority of skin cases while other diagnostic and laboratory tests such as trichograms, skin biopsies, allergy tests and blood tests are performed from time to time.

Our state-of-the-art on-site laboratory means that we can offer your pet fantastic and thorough treatment. Without it, diagnosis and treatment of some conditions may take longer to complete meaning the symptoms could worsen. The laboratory enables to act quickly and test anything that we feel requires close attention.

It’s vital that we have complete evidence of a condition before we can offer suitable treatment. The wrong type of treatment can often mean that your pet needs to take inappropriate medication for the rest of their lives.

We’ve listed the common types of diagnostic and laboratory tests that we regularly complete below. By clicking on the below links, you will be able to see the types of cases that these procedures may be used for.


Find out more about skin scrapings by clicking here 

Find out more about trichograms by clicking here 

Find out more about cytology by clicking here

Find out more about skin biopsies by clicking here 

Find out more about allergy testing by clicking here 

Find out more about fungal culture by clicking here 

Find out more about blood tests  by clicking here

Find out more about wood lamp examinations  by clicking here


If you’ve noticed skin or ear problems in your pet, it’s vital that you contact specialised veterinary professionals before symptoms worsen. To book an appointment with our small animal skin and ear experts, simply call us on 01163 260402 or email us on dgb@dermvet.co.uk.