Submission Guidelines

Biopsy Pricing 

  • Specimen from 1 organ or lesion with a single diagnosis - $58
    Biopsy cases include all special stains and immunohistochemical stains.  The pathologist will determine the need for stains, but can discuss special diagnostic tests with the referring veterinarian.

  • Specimens from 2-5 different organs or lesions - $80

  • Specimens from 6-12 different organs or lesions - $100

  • Complete Necropsy (including histopathologic exam of animal).  Charges will not include microbiologic culture or toxicology testing. Call for pricing. Please call 515-291-5209 for ALL necropsy deliveries.

Pathology services for additional testing or diagnosis will be charged a fee, based on services provided.

Shipping Requirements

  ATTENTION: USPS updated their STAMPED MAIL policy on October 1, 2019. Any packages >10oz and >1/2in. thickness cannot be mailed with regular stamps. Postage Meters, PC Postage, & mailing from the post office is OK. All others will be returned to sender as NOT DELIVERABLE.


  • Fill out the Department of Veterinary Pathology Histopathology Submission form and submit it with the specimen
  • Place the biopsy specimen in a sealed wide-mouthed container with 10% neutral buffered formalin at 10-20 times the bulk of the tissue (ensure adequate fixation before shipping)
  • Tighten the lid on the container and secure by wrapping with parafilm (no tape)
  • Attach the formalin sticker to the container and label with the clinic, owner's name, animal's name and specimen type.
  • Place the container in a plastic bag with absorbent material (e.g. paper towels) and ship in a sturdy box by the carrier of your choice to:

    Department of Veterinary Pathology
    2703 Veterinary Medicine
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-1250
  • Click here for information regarding special winter shipping instructions.
  • Click here for the procedure for using cucumber slices to orientate small biopsy


Click here to request shipping supplies (boxes, specimen jars, bags and formalin stickers).  Fax completed form to: 515-294-7730
To obtain Pathology results click on the CVIS Website