What happens?
WILL IT HURT MY ANIMAL TO TAKE THE SAMPLE?

Taking samples will not be painful because your veterinary surgeon will give an appropriate local or general anaesthetic.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SAMPLE FROM MY ANIMAL?

  1. Before leaving your veterinary surgeon, the sample of tissue is put in preservative.
  2. In the pathology laboratory, water is slowly removed from the sample.
  3. After overnight treatment the sample can be embedded in wax.
  4. Very thin slices (sections) are cut and mounted on glass slides.
  5. The wax is then removed and the sections stained with dyes so they can be examined with the microscope.

CAN I GET HISTOPATHOLOGY DONE DIRECTLY?

The service is only available through your veterinary surgeon because reports need interpretation by your veterinary surgeon in the light of his/her knowledge of your animal. It is one part of the jigsaw of information leading to the clinical diagnosis.