Diagnostic Services

Our mission is to provide the highest quality diagnostic service to our veterinary teaching hospital and veterinarians in Iowa and throughout the Midwest.  The Department of Veterinary Pathology is committed to the land-grant missions of teaching, service and research.  We excel in meeting the diagnostic needs of all species for clinical pathology, histopathology, and parasitology.  Additionally, we have a focus area of excellence in companion animal diagnostics. Please contact us regarding policies. Also, this link is to our policy on Transfer and Disposition of Materials.


The College of Veterinary Medicine is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. As you know, this is a rapidly changing situation. Based on the current situations, the following changes in operations are being implemented immediately (2:30PM 3/16/2020).

Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center

Effective immediately through April 5, 2020, the small and large animal hospitals will only see patients when it is critical to the health of the animal or the economic viability of the client. The LVMC will reassess the situation the week of March 30 and the period of patient restrictions may be extended if conditions warrant.

 Additionally, no clients will be allowed inside the hospital. Upon arrival, clients will contact the hospital and the LVMC will bring the patient inside the facility and then consult via phone with the client.

Veterinary Pathology

Veterinary Pathology will continue to provide pathology services.





Access to Clinical Pathology and Histopathology Reports 

Clinical Pathology


 Histopathology Price 

  • Specimens from 1 organ or lesion - $58
  • GI Biopsy - $80
  • Specimens from 2-5 different organs or lesions - $80
  • Specimens from 6-12 different organs or lesions - $100
  • IHC Immunophenotyping for Lymphoma (B/T Cell) - $35

Dropping off Samples at ISU?

Please note that all entrances are locked at the Veterinary College except the doors to the Small and Large Animal Hospitals, VDL Submissions (downstairs lobby), and the doors that lead into Administration (by the Gentle Doctor statue).  The receptionists, at these locations, will call the Pathology Laboratory when you drop off a specimen, and we will be happy to pick up the package.  The Small Animal Hospital entrance should be used to submit pathology specimens during after-hours, on weekends or during holiday closures.

Download Submission Forms (For Veterinarian Use Only):

To Request Supplies Print Form and fax to: (515) 294-7730

The Department of Veterinary Pathology at Iowa State University will only release results to the DVM submitting the case (our client).
Written permission must be received from the DVM who submitted the case, for the Department of Pathology at ISU to release results to any other individual or client.


How do you submit a biopsy to us?

Fill out the Department of Veterinary Pathology  Histopathology Submission form and submit it with the specimen. You can easily print this form from our website (PDF format).  You may need to download Acrobat Reader.

Place the biopsy specimen in a sealed, wide-mouth plastic bottle that contains 10-20 volumes of 10% neutral buffered formalin. Wrap parafilm or tape (no packing tape, please) around the lid and place the labeled bottle in a plastic bag with absorbent material (paper towel). Place inside a sturdy cardboard box and ship by the carrier of your choice to:

Iowa State University
Department of Veterinary Pathology
1800 Christensen Drive
2703 Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-1134

Specimens sent via mail or other carrier are required by law to be in a leak proof container, placed in a sealed bag with absorbent material suitable for absorbing a leak, and surrounded by a hard container (cardboard box) to protect it from impact.  The visible part of the mailing container must include the destination and return address.  

The shipper has the responsibility to package these specimens in the manner described.

If you would like a kit that includes request forms, bottles, mailers, and return labels, please follow the link listed above to print and fax our supply request form and we will gladly send these items to you.