Department of Biomedical Sciences

Anatomic Pathology
Biomedical Sciences

Contact Information

Dr. Elizabeth Buckles
Section Chief

College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
T6 008A Veterinary Research Tower
Ithaca, NY 14853

Kathy Fowler

Administrative Assistance

College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
A1-100 Animal Health Diagnostic Center
Ithaca, NY 14853

Section of Anatomic Pathology

Continuing a Tradition of Excellence

Diagnostic Services

The Section of Anatomic Pathology offers a comprehensive diagnostic services including post-mortem examination, histopathology, biopsy evaluation, and diagnostic immunohistochemistry. Services are provided on a fee for service basis to both clinicians at the Cornell University for Animals and veterinarians in private practice through the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC). Pathologists in the section are all board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and are skilled in diagnosis of diseases in a wide variety of species. Additionally, individual faculty members have experience and interest in a variety of organ systems and species, and are available and willing to consult on cases in their area of interest.

Surgical Pathology Service

Samples for the Surgical Pathology Service should be fixed in 10% neutral buffered formalin and shipped in appropriate containers to prevent leakage. All specimens should be accompanied by a Surgical Pathology Specimen accession sheet and include contact information for the referring veterinarian, species of the patient as well as a complete and relevant medical history. Proper identification of surgical margins when appropriate is desirable. Click here for shipping address and current fees.

Post Mortem Service

Necropsies on Saturday and Sunday are performed on an emergency only basis with prior approval of the Pathologist-in-Charge. A fully completed Necropsy Request Form must be shipped together with the body of the animal. Courier shipment to the Animal Health Diagnostic Center can be made with any courier company that offers overnight delivery. Please note that deliveries are only accepted Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM) & Saturday (8 AM-noon). Large animal carcasses can be brought to the Necropsy Service during regular business hours (M-F 9am to 5 pm). Carcass deliveries after hours and on the week-ends must be arranged in advance with the Pathologist-in-Charge. Small animals can be mailed to the service. Click here for mailing address and current fees. When possible all remains should be refrigerated prior to shipping and should be shipped in appropriate leak proof containers. Animals should be shipped with appropriate ice packs in order to keep the remains cool. If circumstances prevent immediate shipping, carcasses should be frozen. Animals presented for post mortem must be accompanied by a complete history sheet along with the contact information for the referring veterinarian.

Communication of Results

Results of post mortem or surgical pathology examination will only be provided to the referring veterinarian. Owners must contact a referring veterinarian for test results and must provide referring veterinarian contact information prior to submitting specimens or animals for evaluation.

Directions to the Section of Anatomic Pathology

Maps, Directions, Parking
Once at the College of Veterinary Medicine, please follow signs to Necropsy.


Faculty members in the section of Anatomic Pathology are available for collaborative research. Individuals wishing to develop collaborative research efforts are encouraged to contact individual faculty members when developing research projects.