Anatomic Pathology

Anatomic Pathology

The Anatomic Pathology Service provides diagnostic services in the areas of necropsy and surgical pathology of domestic and exotic animals. Additional specialty services are offered by dermatopathology.

  • Dr. Michael J. Dark, Service Chief, 352-294-4138
  • Melissa Brown, Surgical Pathology and Histology Lab Manager, 352-294-4530
  • Patrick Knisley, Necropsy and Disposal Manager, 352-294-4528
  • Dr. Sal Frasca, Aquatic Pathology Service Chief

Handling and shipping advice for biopsy samples

  • Tissue samples should be completely submerged in 10% formalin.
  • Tissues should be placed in a sufficiently large container so that the sample is not cramped or folded.
  • Large pieces of tissue may be sectioned to ensure adequate formalin-fixing.
  • Very small pieces of tissue should be placed in a plastic tissue cassette or wrapped in a small piece of gauze.
  • An ice packs are not required.
  • Include a completed submission form with billing information, patient information, sample source(s), pertinent history and/or provisional diagnosis, and desired test(s).
    —Use the surgical pathology submission form for most biopsies.
    —Use the aquatic pathology submission form for aquatic animal cases.
    —Use the dermatopathology submission form for dermatopathology biopsies.