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Surgical pathology and necropsy tissue samples collected in-house or submitted by Veterinarians are examined by light microscopy to diagnose neoplasia, infectious disease, congenital anomalies, toxicoses, dietary deficiencies and other causes of morbidity and mortality.  Special stains for bacterial and fungal agents, for iron, copper and mineral, and for endogenous substances such as amyloid are utilized in conjunction with routine stains in the diagnostic process.  Three Veterinary Pathologists certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and one certified by the American society of Poultry Veterinarians provide a diagnosis based on examination of the slides .

Cells aspirated from cutaneous and visceral masses, as well as cells within fluids such as urine, pleural fluid or peritoneal fluid, are also examined by light microscopy.

Additional information on tests offered and recommendations for sample submission are available in the Lab User Guide, or Veterinarians are encouraged to call 919 733-3986 for consultation with a pathologist.


Dr. Karen Post , Director
Rollins Laboratory
2101 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 733-3986