In combination with the TDDS Laboratories group, we have recently launched a histopathology and immunohistochemistry laboratory in Bristol, dedicated to the provision of top quality diagnostic pathology services to the veterinary community.

We provide full light microscopic characterisation of tissues, with an emphasis on rigorous attention to those factors that may have prognostic value, including full evaluation of surgical margins and tumour grading where appropriate. We achieve 24 hour turnaround times for the vast majority of cases, with a full, ECVP/ACVP-style pathological description and clinically-targeted comment provided for every single case.

Those clients that are already sending materials to other members of the TDDS Laboratories group, will be able to discuss their clinical pathology reports with our colleagues in the light of the histopathological or immunohistochemical results that we share with them.

We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic immunohistochemistry with a wide range of validated and optimised antibodies. This enables us to subclassify tumours further than is possible using H&E-stained tissues alone. This in turn should enable optimal treatment of veterinary cancer patients. We also offer quantification of proliferation markers, such as Ki67 for canine mast cell tumours, where these have been shown to provide useful prognostic information. For those cases where cytological preparations have been submitted to our colleagues within the TDDS Laboratories group, we are working towards providing a referral immunocytochemistry service.

Coming from an academic background, we are very keen to use our caseload for clinical research purposes. We will be concentrating on prognostically-relevant, clinically-driven studies that could have a direct bearing on diagnosis, prognostication or treatment of veterinary patients. In collaboration with our clients, we will be looking for ways to obtain follow-up information on the submitted cases on a routine basis. We also welcome the opportunity to collaborate with general and referral practitioners to facilitate their research ideas.