The Large Animal Pathology Service provides complete necropsy and biopsy services both to the patients of New Bolton and referring veterinarians throughout the state. Immunohistochemistry adds a special dimension to Widener Hospital’s diagnostic service and to the work of Penn researchers. This special staining technique uses color-labeled antibodies to identify infectious agents and special cell components in histology sections.
The laboratory at the hospital is a member of the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS) in which veterinary specialists provide a complete panel of affordable diagnostic tests in the disciplines of toxicology, virology, bacteriology, serology, poultry medicine, aquaculture and field investigation. The PADLS system enables Widener Hospital to identify and rapidly respond to animal health threats (e.g., epizootics, bioterrorism, foreign animal diesease). Post-mortem examinations often provide a sense of closure to those who have lost a valued animal.