ViTALS (Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services)

ViTALS Research Services

ViTALS offers a wide variety of scientific services in the broad areas of veterinary medicine to researchers at colleges on the Virginia Tech campus and to private industry customers outside the college.

These services consist of, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Clinical microbiology (including Bruker MALDI Biotyper┬« mass spectrometer identification)
  • Cytopathology, chemistry, urinalysis, blood gas, and hematology
  • Diagnostic necropsy
  • Histology (tissue processing, embedding, staining)
  • Immunohistochemistry staining using the┬áVentana Discovery Ultra
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Parasitology
  • Pathology consultation

Submission Information

For inquiries about ViTALS services, please contact Carolyn Sink, laboratory supervisor, at

Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Compliant Services

Compliant with federal GLP regulations, histology services are available to industry for support of product development and safety assessment.

Through the Laboratory for Neurotoxicity Studies, Sandy Hancock, MS, RQAP-GLP, provides oversight of quality assurance of GLP projects.

For inquiries about GLP services, please contact Carolyn Sink, laboratory supervisor, at