Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services (ViTALS) is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory offering a wide variety of specimen analysis in five service sections.
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).
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The Anatomic Pathology Laboratory consists of the Histopathology and Necropsy laboratories.
The Necrospy Laboratory is staffed by veterinary pathologists who perform post mortem examinations, known as necropsy, on companion, food production, and exotic animals. This service is provided for in-house clients as well as local veterinarians and animal owners. Information obtained through necropsy leads to the establishment of a disease diagnosis or cause of death.
The Histopathology Laboratory is responsible for the preparation of tissue sections for microscopic evaluation by VMRCVM veterinary pathologists. Specimens range from tissues obtained through surgical biopsy of live animals to tissues collected during necropsy. Diagnostic pathology establishes disease diagnosis and cause of death.
The Clinical Microbiology Laboratory provides identification of suspected microbial pathogens including fungi, aerobic, and anaerobic bacteria.
The Clinical Immunology Laboratory currently offers a limited number of tests for the detection of immune response or exposure to infectious agents and passive transfer of immunity. This area is slated for expansion.
The Clinical Parasitology Laboratory performs testing to identify parasites, assisting in diagnosis of parasitic infections in large and small animals.
Tanya LeRoith, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, Director
Nicole M. Weinstein, DVM, Diplomate ACVP, Associate Director
Rose Mary Cornett, Quality Control Manager
Jennifer Rudd, Quality Control Manager
Carolyn Sink, MS, MT(ASCP), Diagnostic Services Supervisor
Thomas E. Cecere DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, Anatomic Pathology
Bernard S. Jortner VMD, MS, Diplomate ACVP, Pathology
Tanya LeRoith DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, Anatomic Pathology
Geoffrey K. Saunders DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVP, Pathology
D. Phillip Sponenberg DVM, PhD, Pathology/Genetics
Kurt Zimmerman DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, Clinical and Anatomic Pathology
Thomas J. Inzana MS, PhD, Diplomate ABMM,
Tyler J. and Frances F. Young Chair of Bacteriology
Nammalwar Sriranganathan BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVM, Bacteriology
Jennifer L. Hodgson BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVM, Bacteriology (Associate Dean for Professional Programs)
Anne M. Zajac DVM, MS, PhD, Parasitology