Aerobic culture and sensitivity testing is the routine bacteriology test for clinical specimens collected from mammalian, amphibian, avian, and reptilian animal species.  This test method includes bacterial culture, identification by MALDI-TOF MS, and up to 2 antimicrobial sensitivity tests (by broth microdilution/MIC testing) for clinically significant, aerobic, fast-growing organisms. Antimicrobial sensitivity testing conforms to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) standards. Common yeasts found in dermatology specimens from dogs and cats can also be cultured and identified using this test selection, but antifungal sensitivity testing is not available.

Specimens from sterile body sites, surgical sites, abscesses, wounds, and tissue biopsies are screened for anaerobic bacteria. Culture and identification of anaerobes can be added on to an aerobic culture and sensitivity, when indicated by the laboratory, for an additional fee.  Antimicrobial sensitivity testing is not available for anaerobes; beta-lactamase production will be tested and reported when applicable. See Sample Submission Guide for more details.

One charge will be applied for each specimen submitted (except for urine specimens, where one charge is applied to both a fluid and a swab). The laboratory will not “split plates”; however, the lab will combine specimens at the request of the submitter and will apply one charge.


Test Code:    BACT.

Test Days:M-Sat
Turn Around Time (Days):1-7 days

Swabs in transport medium
Fresh tissues


Swabs in transport medium. DO NOT submit dry swabs.
Leak proof container.
DO NOT use vacutainers with additives (e.g., EDTA, sodium chloride, heparin, or serum separator).

Handling/ Storage:


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