Veterinary Diagnostics, Laboratory

& PennHIP Certification

In both wellness care and veterinary medicine, diagnostic skill offers a significant contribution to pet care. SPORTSVET Animal Medical Center is diligent in using available technology and advanced training techniques to provide the most rapid and accurate diagnosis of pet illness, injury, and age-related concerns.

Pet Wellness

Diagnostics for Pet Wellness

Since the primary focus of pet wellness care is about keeping an animal healthy, laboratory testing is critical. Annual diagnostics performed at the pet wellness exam often include blood tests, urinalysis, and a fecal exam to establish health and determine areas where treatment may be needed. Heartworm testing is a good example of routine diagnostic bloodwork.

Our on-site veterinary laboratory allows us to perform routine testing here, providing rapid results while optimizing accuracy. Retesting on the spot, or the option to perform advanced laboratory tests, is then available for more complex cases. Our laboratory staff is diligent in maintaining a sterile and organized laboratory environment, necessary for obtaining clear results.

Diagnostics in Veterinary Medicine

In treating a sick or injured animal, accurately diagnosing the source of the problem is essential for implementing appropriate treatment. In addition to our on-site laboratory, our radiology department offers critical information about the internal condition of our animal patients.

While your pet is being examined at SPORTSVET, X-rays can be taken and developed in a short amount of time. This provides us with an immediate high-resolution radiograph, especially important in patient blockages or bone injuries. Modern X-ray equipment offers a safer experience for your pet, as well as minimizing the risk of radiation exposure.

Certified in PennHIP Evaluations

PennHIP stands for the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program.  PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic technology (X-ray) for hip evaluation, assessing the quality of the canine hip and measuring hip joint laxity.

The PennHIP method of evaluation is the most reliable diagnostic technique used to predict the onset of osteoarthritis, the hallmark of canine hip dysplasia (CHD). This program is composed of three major components:

  1. A diagnostic radiographic technique
  2. A network of trained veterinarians
  3. A medical database for scientific analysis

PennHIP represents a network of veterinarians trained to perform the methodology properly and offers a large scientific database. Your pet’s radiographs are sent to the PennHIP analysis center for evaluation and stored in the database. Thus, the PennHIP laboratory is able to obtain more precise answers to questions about the cause of CHD.

PennHIP is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and is a not-for-profit organization.

SportsVet Animal Medical Center was the best vet I have ever had. I live in Minneapolis now and not only are all of the vets very expensive, they do not really seem to care in the same way Dr. Jacobs did.

Nadine Frances Mercil

I’ve never seen a vet be so caring and compassionate to not only the animals, but the animals owners as well. We think so highly of Dr. Jacobs and his staff that we travel and hour and a half for all our vet needs.

Keri Robinson

SportsVet Animal Medical Center performed TPLO surgery on our 7 year old flat-coat retriever. We were very pleased with her care, Dr. Jacobs and his staff could not have been more thorough, professional, and friendly.

Vickie Hart

Thank you so much, Dr. Jacobs and staff, for helping little Duke regain use of his left leg (he suffered a grade 4 patellar luxation). We so appreciate your kind care, surgical skill and postop therapy.

Lila & Barry McCammon

Dr. Jacobs and his staff are AMAZING. Every time I called, which was often (multiple times a week), they were happy to speak with me. They even sent me video of her during her underwater treadmill therapy. 4.5 years later, while some of her other joints struggle, her knee is perfect.

Callie Cozzolino

Dixie had her TPLO surgery on Jan. 10th and went for her first water therapy yesterday. She is doing great. Getting stronger and using her leg more everyday. Everyone at SportsVet is soooo supportive and caring. Thank you again so much!!!!

Becky Didier

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