New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

Submission Guidelines & Forms

Penn Vet Diagnostic LaboratoriesWhen submitting samples to the Penn Vet Diagnostic Laboratories, please be sure to include the following:

  • Complete submission form
    • Pertinent patient history
    • Sample submission date
    • Patient information (name, signalment, ID number) – on both the submission form and sample containers
  • Specimen packaging requirements must be satisfied. Packages leaking in transit may be seized and discarded

These guidelines are provided to help you better understand and utilize our laboratory services:

Biopsy & Autopsy

Biopsy Submission Form Download
Biopsy Service - Optimal Skin Biopsy Technique Download
Biopsy Service - How to Submit Biopsy Specimens Download
Autopsy Service - Guidelines for Autopsy Referral Download
Exempt Patient Specimen Shippers Download
10% Formalin Mailer Download
UPS Supplies Download

Cytology & Clinical Pathology

Clinical Pathology Submission Form Download
Cytology Submission Form Download
Clinical Pathology Test Information Download

Microbiology & Parasitology

Microbiology Submission Form Download
Parasitology Submission Form Download
Microbiology Lab Information Download

What Makes Penn Vet Diagnostic Laboratories Different

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

  • Fast Turnaround 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.