Quality Assurance Program

We can show you how your test results compared to others in the veterinary field.

The Veterinary Laboratory Association Quality Assurance Program ® is an external proficiency program specially designed for veterinary laboratories and hospitals to provide a confidential means of comparing your laboratory’s internal test results to those of your peers in the veterinary field. The Program, provided by Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC)  offers:

  • Customized, professional reports that let you know, at a glance, where you stand in relation to your peers.
  • A great way to monitor your sample analysis by quarterly tracking of your method and instrument performance.
  • Participants can choose any combination of the areas of testing available to customize the Program to meet the needs of their facility. Sample specimens are sent out four times per year for participants to analyze and return their results within a two-week period.
  • Data is pooled and statistically analyzed by the AVC. Within five weeks, a confidential results summary is provided – presented as a customized report using both graphical and numerical data for quick and easy examination.
  • Review articles and images are provided alongside results for hematology differentials, bacteriology, parasitology, and histopathology modules. The articles are written by academic specialists to discuss the reasoning behind their opinions and provide participants with a unique continuing education tool.
  • Help set the standard for quality assurance in the veterinary field by subscribing today to the VLA Quality Assurance Program®.

For Additional information about the QA program , please go to the QA Program website:   http://www.vlaqap.org/

Areas of Testing:

Bacteriology

Provides four samples per year for culture and sensitivity. Choice of terrestrial or aquatic

Chemistry/Toxicology

Provides 8-10 samples per year for testing over 30 analytes including toxicology analytes such as Barium, Boron, Iron, Copper and Zinc

Cytology

Provides four virtual images from diagnostic cases per year for cytological evaluations.

Endocrinology

Provides four samples per year for analysis of nine analytes

Hematology

Offers four or eight whole blood samples and four Wright-Giemsa stained slides for analysis and differentials

Histopathology

Provides four virtual images from veterinary cases per year for morphological interpretation. Choice of mammalian, aquatic crustacean, Aquatic bivalve or Aquatic fin fish

Parasitology

Provides four samples per year for identification

Serology/Immunology

Provides eight samples per year for analysis

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Provides four samples per year for analysis of six different drugs

Urinalysis

Provides four samples per year for macroscopic analysis and four virtual images per year for microscopic identification