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 different organs or lesions - $80

  • Specimens from 6+cm organs or lesions - $100

  • Each Additional Specimen (after first two) - $12

  • Decalcification - $25

  • Complete Necropsy (including histopathologic exam of animal)  - $110 Charges will not include microbiologic culture or toxicology testing.  
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.
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    • 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

    Supplies

    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