ASVCP Quality Assurance and Laboratory Standards Committee


The Quality Assurance and Laboratory Standards (QALS) Committee is concerned with quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) in veterinary laboratory diagnostic testing. Committee members include board-certified veterinary clinical pathologists, medical technologists, and clinical pathology residents. The committee has worked diligently to develop recommendations and checklists regarding QA/QC for laboratories performing diagnostic testing of animal samples. Our efforts have resulted in development of position papers for the ASVCP that are freely available via the ASVCP website (Publications link) and as Special Reports in the journal Veterinary Clinical Pathology.  The committee also periodically organizes pre-meeting workshops on quality assurance and standards at the annual ASVCP/ACVP meeting.

Chair: Members:

Melinda Camus, Chair

Tara Arndt
Jill Arnold
Marion Bushey
Melinda Camus
Jennifer Cook
Janice Cruz Cardona
Bente Flatland
Karen Gerber
Rebekah Gunn-Christie
Kendal Harr
Unity Jeffery
Amy MacNeill - EB Liaison
Roberta Moorhead
Eric Morissette
Mary Nabity
Shannon Pedersen
Johanna Rigas
Julia Ryseff
Sandra Sisson
Linda Vap

Recent Publications - as November 17, 2015

External Quality Assurance/Comparability Testing Guidelines

Glucometer Guidelines

Guidelines & Subcommittee activities
Posted and published

  • Quality Assurance Guidelines (available in English, German, Spanish, French and Portuguese)
    • Flatland B, Freeman K, Friedrichs KR, Vap LM, Getzy KM, Evans EW, Harr KE. ASVCP quality asurance guidelines: control of general analytical factors in veterinary laboratories. Vet Clin Pathol 2010;39(3):264-77.
    • Gunn-Christie RG, Freeman K, Routsalo K, Friedrichs KR, Knoll J, Wamsley H, Harr K. ASVCP quality assurance guidelines: control of preanalytical and analytical factors for clinical chemistry, urinalysis, and cytology in veterinary laboratories. Vet Clin Pathol 2012;41(1):18-26.
    • Vap LM, Harr K, Friedrichs KR, Arnold J. ASVCP quality assurance guidelines: control of preanalytical, analytical and postanalytical factors in veterinary laboratories related to hematology for mammalian and non-mammalian species, hemostasis, and crossmatching. Vet Clin Pathol 2012;41(1):8-17.
  • Reference Interval Guidelines (RI subcommittee)
    • Friedrichs KR, Harr KE, Freeman KP, Szladovits B, Walton RM, Barnhart K, Blanco-Chavez J. ASVCP reference interval guidelines: determination of de novo reference intervals in veterinary species and other related topics. Vet Clin Pathol 2012;41(4):441-53.
  • ASVCP Allowable Total Error Recommendations for Biochemistry
    • Harr KE, Flatland B, Nabity M, Freeman KP. ASVCP guidelines: Allowable total error guidelines for biochemistry. Vet Clin Pathol 2013 424-436
  • ASVCP Guidelines: Quality Assurance for Point-of-Care Testing in Veterinary Medicine
    • Flatland B, Freeman KP, Vap, LM, Harr KE. ASVCP guidelines: quality assurance for point-of-care testing in veterinary medicine. Vet Clin Pathol 2013 405-423

Drafts in progress

  • TEa Hematology/Coagulation guideline