Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services (ViTALS) is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory offering a wide variety of specimen analysis in six service sections. ViTALS also plays an integral role in preparing graduates for careers in either veterinary clinical pathology or anatomic pathology through the Pathology Combined Residency/Graduate Program.
Each section is staffed by medical technologists or histotechnicians who work under the direction of the section Chief of Service.
Laboratory Central Receiving (LCR) manages specimen accession, which includes data entry, patient billing, and specimen distribution to the appropriate laboratory. Test results are distributed to veterinary students and clinicians. LCR processes all specimens designated for “send-out” testing (assays not available within the diagnostic laboratories).