Penn Vet Diagnostic Laboratories

Welcome to the Penn Vet Diagnostic Lab. In an effort to make your experience here as seamless as possible, we have integrated our services to better serve your needs.

Getting Around the Lab

  • Guidelines for sample submissions: To make it easier for you, we provide guidelines for submitting samples to us, depending on the service you need to use.
  • Forms: To process your samples efficiently, you will need to fill out the appropriate form. You'll find a list of the forms here.
  • Supplies: Here's a list of the supplies you will need to get your samples off to us.

Who We Are and What We Do

Lab Sections: The Penn Vet Diagnostic Lab comprises specializations, including:

  • Anatomic Pathology-Histopathology (Biopsy and Autopsy Services)
  • Clinical Pathology/Cytology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Diagnostic Parasitology

Our Team: Meet the research and clinical team members at Penn Vet, including microbiologists, parasitologists, toxicologists and board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologists


What Makes the Penn Vet Diagnostic Lab Different

The Penn Vet Diagnostic Lab offers a unique service to our customers, including:

Fast Turn-Around Time & Assurance

  • In addition to a fast turnaround time, a unique collaborative environment allows for daily consultation rounds to discuss difficult cases and achieve consensus.
  • Each laboratory is closely aligned with Penn Vet's Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center (VCIC) where the primary focus is to implement clinical trials for client owned companion animals.

The Ability to Put Discovery to Practical Use

  • Using the material provided by Penn's veterinary clients, more than 50 board certified veterinary pathologists have been trained.

  • As members of a strong research environment, we take diagnostic discoveries from our laboratory and put them to practical use in veterinary medicine. For example, Penn Vet pathologists were the first to recognize the association between vaccination sites and development of sarcomas in cats.

  • The microbiology laboratory focuses primarily on the transmission of methicillin-resistant staphylococci isolated from companion animals and their potential to be transmitted to humans.

  • Landmark discoveries by Penn Vet’s diagnostic services have benefited not only the animals served, their work has spilled over into the field of human medicine through many collaborations across the Penn campus and the biomedical research community.

Getting Around the Lab

Get the information you need from us when  you need it:

Learn more about our lab sections and meet our team: