The VETSCAN HM5 is a hematology analyzer that reports a full, 3-part CBC differential with 22-parameters in less than 3 minutes using as little as 30ul of blood for certain species (pig, goat, sheep, rat, ferret, mouse, guinea pig, rabbit, primate).
To run samples you will book time in iLab on the Vetscan calendar under the Flow core. Each sample takes 4 minutes to run so book time accordingly based on sample number. Cost is $8 per sample.
The minimum amount of blood you can collect to bring for analysis is 30ul. If you are using low volume of blood (less than 100ul) the sample must be brought to the core in raised bottom tubes. (BD Microtainer Tubes with EDTA ref#365974 or similar). If you have 100ul plus of blood then any micro tube with EDTA will work. If you have questions regarding tubes, please visit the core prior to sample collection. If they are incorrect tubes the instrument cannot properly sample the blood.
Refer to the blood sample handling best practices below for proper blood collection methods.
More information on this instrument can be found here