Diagnostic Testing Submissions
A veterinarian must make all submission requests to ensure that s/he is involved in the interpretation of test results and formulation of plans for patient care. The necropsy service is the lone exception to this requirement.
- Label ALL specimens with the patient and owner name.
- Label containers/slides/swabs with collection site and collection date.
- Complete the appropriate ViTALS Laboratory submission form for the testing requested.
- Forms should be legible and complete to avoid any confusion in the testing requested, the patient/owner information, or the clinic/clinician information.
- Submit a complete, concise history where indicated on the submission form.
- Provide as much information as possible to aid the laboratory in the diagnostic process.
- Indicate all treatments and vaccinations.
- List impressions or suspected causes of the problem.
- To ensure that your laboratory and necropsy samples are sent under optimal conditions and arrive to ViTALS in a timely manner, please follow our recommended shipping instructions.
- We offer limited courier service to veterinarians in the New River Valley. Please contact Carolyn Sink at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability.
- Necropsy Submission Guidelines
- We prefer that necropsy submission requests come through a veterinarian; however, owners who live within a 35-mile radius of the veterinary college may submit carcasses or bodies for necropsy without a veterinarian's request.
- Pre-payment of necropsy and other support services provided by necropsy may be required at time of submission.
- If shipping a small, intact carcass, please follow our shipping instructions.
- Samples submitted and/or derived from laboratory submissions become the property of ViTALS and may be used in research, teaching, test-method validation, quality control, etc.
- No human samples will be accepted.
- We reserve the right to assess Hazard Fees to leaking containers or containers contaminated with blood, urine, feces, etc.
- Any work subcontracted by ViTALS will be indicated as such on the laboratory report.
When should I expect my necropsy report?
- Final Necropsy Reports are distributed typically within 10 business days or less. For timeframes for other result reports, please contact ViTALS for more information.
How will I receive my report?
- Reports will be distributed to the veterinarian listed on the submission form via fax, email, or mail, depending on the clinic’s report-delivery preferences.
What if I need to know necropsy results as quickly as possible because of herd health issues?
- Upon submission, please indicate this requirement to the necropsy technician, veterinary student, pathology resident, or pathologist so that your request can be accommodated accordingly.
If I have performed a necropsy in the field, what is the best way to get the samples submitted for evaluation?
- Field necropsies may be submitted as a histology sample. Please refer to Necropsy Submission Guidelines for more information.