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Pathology Services and Diarrhea Panels

Necropsy Service

Clients may submit fresh, recently dead animals for post-mortem examination, including agricultural animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses, deer, camelids, poultry, game birds, fish, and zoo animals. Beginning in January 2011, dogs and cats may be submitted for necropsy (see special instructions here). Other companion animals, fish, and non-human primates are not currently accepted for necropsy at ADL. Deliveries of dead animals or samples may be made 24 hours a day on any day of the week (instructions are posted on our loading dock). Live animals may be submitted only by prior arrangement (euthanasia fees will apply). Chill carcasses if possible; do not freeze. Referring veterinarians or clients are encouraged to notify the lab and consult with the pathologist before sending the carcass. A clinical history written by the referring veterinarian or herd/flock manager must accompany the submission. Insurance cases and cases with the potential for litigation must be identified as such and may incur additional fees. No portion of any animal may be returned after submission.

Ancillary tests beyond the gross examination are at the discretion of the pathologist within the limits of the tier selected by the submitter. Turn-around time is approximately two weeks.

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**If shipping to PSU, do not use the US Postal Service

ProcedureSpeciesTissue/SpecimenContainerShipping**Turn AroundRemarks
Mammalian Necropsy Domestic livestock, (wildlife and zoo animals by arrangement) Necropsy animals should be submitted recently dead. Small carcasses should be bagged or boxed Client delivery as soon as possible after death. 14 days Cases requiring the removal of the spinal cord require additional fees.
Avian Necropsy Domestic fowl, confined wild birds, zoo birds, ratites 5-8 fresh dead and/or live birds representative of the condition Rigid, leakproof, container with gel packs (dead birds). Hand deliver or overnight courier. Mail only M-Th 14 days Live birds should be transported in appropriate crates.
Dog and Cat Necropsy Dog and Cat only Necropsy animals should be submitted recently dead. Small carcasses should be bagged or boxed Client delivery as soon as possible after death 14 days

Additional analyses available for a fee

Aborted Fetus All mammals whole body, placenta and dam serum
Rabies Testing All mammals Whole body or head See Rabies section for shipping instructions Hand deliver or overnight courier 1-3 working days For further information, see the rabies section.

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**If shipping to PSU, do not use the US Postal Service

Field Necropsy/Diarrhea Panel Submissions

Fresh and formalin-fixed tissues from field necropsies may be submitted for evaluation. Unless specific tests are requested, test selection is at the discretion of the pathologist within the limits of the tier selected by the submitter. Turn-around time is approximately one to two weeks. Please follow the shipping guidelines when submitting samples. Field necropsy mailers are available for purchase through our laboratory.

Fresh fecal samples may be submitted for a complete panel of tests to determine the cause of diarrhea. Depending of the age and species of animal affected, this panel may include bacteriology, parasitology, and electron microscopy.

*Additional fees may apply, click Here for more information.

**If shipping to PSU, do not use the US Postal Service

ProcedurePrice*SpeciesTissue/ specimenContainerShipping**Turn Around
Field Necropsy

Animals <250 field necropsy tier 1

$44

Animals <250 field necropsy tier 2

$129

Animals <250 field necropsy tier 3

$189

Agricultural animals Fresh and formalin-fixed tissues Styrofoam shipping box with ice packs Overnight courier, mail only M-Th 7-14 days
Diarrhea Panel $129 for up to 3 samples Agricultural animals 5-10 gm feces leak-proof, sealed Overnight on gel packs 7-10 days

Biopsy Service

Patient signalment and a brief clinical history including the location of the biopsy site are required. Tissues should be placed in 10% buffered formalin. Ten volumes of formalin are required to adequately fix one volume of tissue. Specimens should consist of the lesion site and surrounding tissue. Tissue should not be thicker than 1 cm. Do not allow fresh or fixed tissue to freeze.

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**If shipping to PSU, do not use the US Postal Service

ProcedurePrice*SpeciesTissue/ specimenContainerShipping**Turn AroundRemarks
Biopsy $30.00 Domestic livestock, wildlife, zoo animals, avian Surgical biopsies Sealed within padded outer mailer US Postal Service, courier service, or hand deliver 2 days Some tissues(e.g., bone, eyes) and special stains require additional time for completion.
Special Stains on Biopsy slides $9.00 Surgical biopsies 1-2 additional days for most stains Performed at pathologist's discretion