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Diagnostic histopathology services are offered to vets working in practice at competitive rates. We also offer histological processing and interpretation for research purposes from internal and external sources.
Histology laboratory sign in Veterinary Pathology Centre

Our Veterinary Pathology Centre has a team of board-certified pathologists and highly skilled technicians, with expertise in small animal, exotics, equine and farm animal pathology.

Our diagnostic histopathology services include:

  • Diagnostic histopathology (biopsies and post-mortem samples)
  • Special stains
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Digital pathology
  • Forensic pathology

Our dedicated team will ensure that work is carried out on time and within budget.

Prices for diagnostic histopathology are based on numbers of tissues or sites sampled. Prices for research histopathology vary depending on the degree of processing and interpretation required.

For an overview of sample submission please see our guidelines. There are also additional information sheets to provide guidance for skins and ocular pathology submissions. If you are unsure about how best to submit a sample, please call us to discuss.

A downloadable submission form is available and can be used for any species. A completed printed version should be included with any sample submitted. Our turn-around time for routine histopathology is two to three working days from receipt.

Discounts may be negotiable for practices and researchers where sufficient numbers of cases are required.

Submission of samples for histopathology

All specimens should be fixed in at least 10 x tissue volume of 10% neutral buffered formalin in a sealed screw-top container. Identifiers, e.g. owner name and animal name, should be written on the sample pot to allow identification and, where multiple sites or tissues are sampled, these should also be indicated to correlate with information you provide on the submission form.

Secure packaging is a legal requirement for posting samples to us. Please ensure that the sample pot is enclosed in a sealed plastic bag that includes sufficient absorbent material to soak up any leakages in the event of breakage in transit. Finally place this bag in a padded envelope, plastic or cardboard box and post ideally for next day delivery to:

Veterinary Pathology Centre, University of Surrey, Francis Crick Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7AQ