Mammalian Necropsy Services Update

Dear clients of the ADL,

Due to an unforeseen situation, we need to significantly reduce the volume of our usual mammalian necropsy services at the ADL. We anticipate this being a short-term situation (~6-8 weeks) and appreciate your understanding as we work to restore full and normal services. 

Effectively immediately, we will not be able to accept small/companion animal or exotic cases for necropsy.

For large animal/livestock cases we would encourage you to work with your veterinarian to have a field necropsy conducted on any cases. In this situation, we will provide field necropsy kits at no charge. Please email us at adlhelp@psu.edu or call 814-863-0837 for more information about these kits.

If your veterinarian is not able to conduct a field necropsy, please try to send any carcass(es) to one of the other two PADLS labs - the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory, or the New Bolton Center (contact information below).

If none of these options are workable, please be sure to contact us to discuss further options. Please do not bring a mammalian carcass to the ADL for necropsy without calling ahead.

 We are working on interim plans to provide at least some limited necropsy services, and we hope to soon be able to hire a second mammalian pathologist to assist with the caseload. We will do our best to help you with your diagnostic needs.  We sincerely apologize for this abrupt and unplanned disruption of services.

Please note that avian necropsy and incineration services are not affected by this situation and will continue as normal. Anyone that arrives unannounced at the Animal Diagnostic Lab requesting necropsy services runs the risk of being turned away, or having their animal sent for disposal only (which may incur a fee).

Thanks for being such a great group of people to work with!  We want to be sure that we continue to earn your trust by providing great diagnostic services for you in a timely manner. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at 814-863-3745 (O), 814-769-0061 (C), or eph1@psu.edu. I will do my best to respond in a timely manner!

Sincerely,

Ernest Hovingh
Director, Animal Diagnostic Laboratory
Penn State University
PADLS Labs

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. Dogs and cats may be submitted for necropsy (see special instructions). Other companion animals, and non-human primates are not currently accepted for necropsy at ADL. While the ADL is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays), 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 at the rear of the building). Live animals may be submitted only by prior arrangement and during working hours (euthanasia fees will apply). DO NOT leave live animals in the cooler nor on the loading dock. Carcasses should be chilled 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.

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 molecular biology.

Avian Pathology

Dr. Megan Lighty, Avian Pathologist
Email: mul132@psu.edu
Office: 814-863-0837

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Dr. Kayla Niel, Avian Diagnostic and Outreach Veterinarian
Email: krn127@psu.edu
Office: 814-863-0837

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Mammalian Pathology

Dr. Dane Rahoi
Email: dmr6597@psu.edu
Office: 814-863-0837

Necropsy Technicians

Bill Weaver
Email: wcw10@psu.edu
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Anna Marie Wise
Email: akw5528@psu.edu

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Current Fee Schedule

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Animal Diagnostic Laboratory

Address

Wiley Lane
University Park, PA 16802
Directions

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. After-hours submission available daily.

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Animal Diagnostic Laboratory

Address

Wiley Lane
University Park, PA 16802
Directions

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. After-hours submission available daily.

2024 Holiday Hours

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15, 2024: Closed
  • Memorial Day, May 27, 2024: Closed
  • Juneteenth, June 19, 2024: Closed
  • Independence Day, July 4, 2024: Closed
  • Labor Day, September 2, 2024: Closed
  • Thanksgiving, November 28-29, 2024: Closed
  • Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 2024: Open 8am-12pm
  • Christmas Day, December 25, 2024: Closed
  • Holiday Break, December 26-27, 30-31 2024: Open 8am-12pm
  • New Years Day, January 1, 2025: Closed