New Bolton Center's Mammalian Pathology Service is able to perform autopsies on a wide variety of species, including:
- Dogs and cats
- Exotic (zoo) species
In addition to autopsies, the educated and experienced staff examine surgical biopsies and In addition to autopsies, the educated and experienced staff examine surgical biopsies and materials from postmortem exams performed by veterinarians in the field (“field posts”). The laboratory is also equipped to accept endometrial biopsies for evaluation. Tissues should be placed in 10% buffered formalin and submitted in containers and mailers specifically intended for formalin fixed specimens.
Immunohistochemistry (IHC) is the process of detecting antigens in cells by binding a labeled antibody to the antigen. This technique enables the identification of more than 30 infectious agents, including viruses, bacteria, and protozoa within the tissues of an animal.
- Avian influenza
- Bovine Viral Diarrhea – ear notches
- Canine Distemper
- Chronic Wasting Disease
- Listeria monocytogenes
- Porcine Respiratory & Reproductive Syndrome
- Toxoplasma gondii
- West Nile virus
The immunohistochemical technique also enables detection antigens expressed by neoplastic tissue (tumor antigens). For a detailed list of available services, fees, or the submission form, please click on the appropriate link below. To submit samples for testing, please fill out the submission form below and refer to the submission information section for information on shipping and sample preparation.
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- Business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. For emergency consultation with a pathologist, please call (610) 444-5800.
Research within the Mammalian Pathology Laboratory focuses on issues related to animal health and disease. Current topics of interest include:
- Orthopedic disease (multiple species)
- Equine and bovine laminitis
- Equine intestinal microbiome and gastrointestinal disease
For more information regarding current research projects or to initiate a partnership for additional research, please contact the laboratory.
The expertise of the faculty and staff of the Mammalian Pathology Laboratory Service accommodates numerous opportunities for training in large animal pathology and anatomy for both veterinary students and pathology residents. Students and residents working in large animal pathology gain hands-on experience by assisting in necropsies, observing histopathology, and working one on one with a knowledgeable pathologist to learn more about specific disease processes.
In addition, the service accepts intramural and extramural externs to fulfill board certification requirements. Senior veterinary students from other schools are also welcome as externs. To learn more about the opportunities available for pathology residents and pre-veterinary and veterinary students, please contact the laboratory.