Clinical Pathology

Seattle Veterinary Specialists is pleased to offer the laboratory expertise and services of Seung Yoo, DVM, MS, MBA, DACVP (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Clinical Pathology). The role of the clinical pathologist is to be able to guide efficient diagnostic procedures to be able to provide an accurate medical diagnosis.  This helps ensure an appropriate treatment, giving your pet the best chance for a return to normal daily life. Having an on-site clinical pathologist enables efficient diagnostic capability.  Often, your pet can have a specialist appointment, diagnostic procedures, and treatments during the same day.

What is a Veterinary Clinical Pathologist?

Pathology is the study of disease. Pathologists have been trained extensively in the study of disease. Veterinary clinical pathology involves interpretation of changes in a Complete Blood Count (CBC), blood biochemistry analytes, urine analysis, as well as microscopic evaluation of whole cells on slides, or cytology, the study of cells.

Clinical pathologists are board certified specialists, similar to surgeons, radiologists, cardiologists, oncologists, and internists. Like other specialists, pathologists complete an undergraduate degree, earn a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, complete a rigorous residency program (3-5 years), and successfully pass extensive board examinations.

Pathologists are trained to detect abnormalities in laboratory values. Some illnesses can be diagnosed with physical examinations or diagnostic imaging. However, others are more complex and may require additional testing and expertise for an accurate diagnosis. That is where pathologists and the laboratory team are critical to successful diagnosis and treatment.

How can a Veterinary Pathologist Help my Pet?
A veterinary pathologist can be imagined as a scientific detective -- someone seeking the cause of a mysterious illness. Pathologists work in partnership with general practitioners and veterinary specialists in discovering the correct diagnosis. They play a crucial role in diagnosis by providing veterinarians necessary information to make the best decisions for their patient’s care.

Who do we serve?
At the present, the laboratory only offers services to patients of Seattle Veterinary Specialists.  

What tests do we offer?
We provide laboratory results for the diagnosis and treatment of disease in patients at the two Seattle Veterinary Specialists locations. We offer rapid processing of samples, accurate and reliable results, and efficient communication with our veterinarians. Daily quality assurance and quality control procedures are in place to ensure accurate patient data. These tests include:

  • Hematology
    • CBC
    • Coagulation testing
    • Reticulocyte count
  • Bench Chemistry
    • Urinalysis
    • Blood Typing
    • Crossmatching
    • Immunohematology
    • Fluid Analysis
  • Automated chemistry
    • Basic chemistry panel
    • Geriatric panel
    • Pre-surgical panel
    • Blood gas analysis
  • Specialty chemistry testing
    • Fructosamine
    • Bile acids
    • Urine protein/creatinine ratio
    • Ammonia
    • Potassium Bromide
    • Phenobarbital
    • Digoxin
  • Cytology
    • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis
    • Fluid cytology
    • Immunocytochemistry