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Tuskegee University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital


The mission of Anatomic Pathology Services is to provide accurate and timely reports on antemortem and postmortem specimens submitted to the Pathology Laboratory and consultation to clinicians and research investigators as to the cause of death or pathogenesis of a particular disease process.


This statement is intended to provide essential information to Tuskegee University’s customers and prospective customers regarding the diagnostic services available in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health (CVMNAH). As the field of diagnostic laboratory medicine evolves, the scientists and technical staff of our Veterinary Diagnostic Services are committed to the enhancement of existing capabilities and to the development of new technology in order to maintain reliable and accurate laboratory results. Diagnostic Services are critical to accurate clinical diagnoses, therapy and successful surgery. These laboratory support services include anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, parasitology, microbiology, immunology, and toxicology. In addition, these services provide diagnostic support to funded research projects and surgical pathology services to regional veterinarians. Diagnostic Laboratory Services are essential to the operation of The Veterinary Teaching Hospital and training of veterinary and graduate students. These services provide information needed by the clinician for effective diagnosis and treatment of the animal patient. The biopsy report provides the clinician with in-life information vital to the course of treatment and the necropsy report provides the clinician with a record of postmortem findings that attempts to explain the reasons for the patient’s illness or cause of death. Clinical chemistries, cytology, hematology, parasitology, immunology, and microbiological examinations are performed routinely in patients to aid in clinical diagnoses and to monitor the patient’s progress. Veterinary anatomic and clinical pathologists are available for consultation when the clinician is attempting to bridge the gap between clinical observations and the pathological findings.


The hospital has two necropsy laboratories: small and large animal necropsies which is located in the Postmortem Building in the Veterinary Complex. This laboratory has facilities and equipment for performing necropsies on small and large animal species (canine, feline, equine, bovine, caprine, ovine, porcine and poultry). A second necropsy laboratory is located in Williams-Bowie Hall in the Center for Comparative Biomedical Research. This is a core laboratory where necropsies are performed on laboratory animals (primarily rodents) in support of both intramural and extramural research. Both laboratories are manned by board-certified veterinary pathologists and trained technicians.