Submission Guidelines & Forms

Penn Vet Diagnostic LaboratoriesWhen submitting samples to the Penn Vet Diagnostic Lab, 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:

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Biopsy & Autopsy

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Biopsy Submission FormPDF44.40 KB18 Sep, 2015 Download
Biopsy Service - Optimal Skin Biopsy TechniquePDF282.59 KB18 Sep, 2015 Download
Biopsy Service - How to Submit Biopsy SpecimensPDF118.24 KB18 Sep, 2015 Download
Autopsy Service - Guidelines for Autopsy ReferralPDF140.64 KB18 Sep, 2015 Download
Exempt Patient Specimen ShippersDOCX48.57 KB06 Nov, 2014 Download
10% Formalin MailerPDF80.03 KB06 Nov, 2014 Download
UPS SuppliesDOCX38.82 KB06 Nov, 2014 Download


Cytology & Clinical Pathology

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Clinical pathology test informationPDF258.22 KB28 Mar, 2017 Download
Clinical Pathology Submission FormPDF296.88 KB18 Sep, 2015 Download
Cytology Submission FormPDF264.21 KB18 Sep, 2015 Download
Cytology-Clinical Pathology Test InformationPDF258.22 KB18 Sep, 2015 Download


Microbiology & Parasitology

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Microbiology Submission FormPDF122.25 KB28 Oct, 2015 Download
Parasitology Submission FormPDF126.86 KB18 Sep, 2015 Download
Microbiology Lab InformationPDF318.55 KB18 Sep, 2015 Download
Microbiology Submission GuidelinesPDF84.58 KB18 Sep, 2015 Download


What Makes Penn Vet Diagnostic Laboratories Different

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

Fast Turn-Around 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.