Peripheral blood smear should be prepared at the time of collection.
Label all samples. Protect slides from formalin, moisture, and extreme temperatures.
Blood Smear Examination is meant for exotic animals and pocket pets with small blood volumes. This test is not meant to replace a complete blood count (CBC). A CBC can be performed at a lower cost than a Blood Smear Examination, and includes both microscopic evaluation and full instrument data. If a CBC was performed in-house and there is no or minimal EDTA blood left, include a copy of the instrument data to improve results from this test.