How to get better pathology results - Veterinary Medicine
Medicine Center
DVM Veterinary Medicine Featuring Information from:


How to get better pathology results
Find answers to your questions about submitting samples for cytologic and histologic examinations and communicating with pathologists—plus, tips for avoiding common mistakes.



Proper sample submission and better communication between practitioners and pathologists will increase the likelihood of a positive outcome. This will enhance patient care, improve client satisfaction, and reduce the chance of complications.

Seth Chapman, DVM, MS, DACVP (clinical pathology)
IDEXX Laboratories
300 E. Wilson Bridge Road
Worthington, OH 43085

Jason Roberts, DVM
West Tennessee Animal Diseases Diagnostics Laboratory
The University of Tennessee
Martin, TN 38238


1. Campbell TW, Ellis CK. Avian and exotic animal hematology and cytology. 3rd ed. Ames, Iowa: Blackwell, 2007.

2. Cowell RL, Tyler RD, Meinkoth JH, et al. Diagnostic cytology and hematology of the dog and cat. 3rd ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby, 2008.

3. Cowell RL, Tyler RD. Diagnostic cytology and hematology of the horse. 2nd ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby, 2002.

4. Raskin RE, Meyer DJ. Canine and feline cytology: A color atlas and interpretation guide. 2nd ed. St. Louis, Mo: Saunders, 2010.


The authors would like to thank the following individuals for their insight and contributions:

MedVet Medical and Cancer Center for Pets, Worthington, Ohio: Lisa Fulton, DVM, DACVIM (oncology), and Eric R. Schertel, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Charles River Laboratories, Department of Pathology, Reno, Nevada: David V. Calise, DVM, MS, DACVP (anatomic pathology), and Angela Wilcox, BVSc, MS, DACVP (clinical pathology)

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathobiology, College Station, Texas: Mark C. Johnson, DVM, DACVP (clinical pathology)

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.: Stephanie Corn, DVM, DACVP (clinical pathology), Worthington, Ohio; Dean Cornwell, DVM, PhD, MT, Dallas, Texas; and Rick L. Cowell, DVM, MS, MRCVS, DACVP (clinical pathology), Stillwater, Okla.


Click here