UF Veterinary Diagnostic Labs

Forensic Pathology

The forensic necropsy is performed in order to answer questions about the death of an animal. Typically these deaths are non-natural, have suspicious circumstances (out of place and time), or there is evidence to suggest foul play.  Information that can be obtained includes cause of death, time of death, collection of trace evidence, and in some instances identification of the animal (species and/or individual).  The findings from a forensic necropsy can help law enforcement agencies during their investigation.

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Necropsy Laboratory

We offer both Diagnostic Necropsy & Forensic Necropsy Services.  A diagnostic necropsy consists of a thorough examination of a pet by  to determine the cause, mode, and manner of death; or the exam may be performed to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present. 

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Anatomic Pathology

The Anatomic Pathology service provides diagnostic services in the areas of necropsy and surgical pathology of domestic and exotic animals. Visit the Anatomic Pathology lab page to learn more about submitting samples to our lab for review and analysis.


Clinical Pathology

The Clinical Pathology service performs hematology, chemistry, endocrinology, urinalysis, fluid analyses, and cytology tests for domestic and exotic species. Visit the Clinical Pathology lab page to learn more about submitting samples to our lab for review and analysis.


Clinical Microbiology, Parasitology and Serology

The Microbiology, Parasitology, & Serology service isolates bacteria and fungus from a variety of animals, recovers parasite ova and oocysts, and identifies internal and external parasites in order to provide results in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease. Visit the Microbiology, Parasitology, & Serology lab page to learn more about submitting samples to our lab for review and analysis.


Dermatopathology Service


he University of Florida Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories are pleased to offer a specialized dermatopathology service. The goal of our service is to provide high quality interpretation of animal skin biopsy specimens by pathologists with interest and expertise in dermatopathology.


Molecular Fungal ID Lab

The Molecular Fungal ID service is focused on using molecular assays for identification of fungal organisms in animal tissues. In particular, it runs panfungal PCR and sequencing in formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissues and cytology slides. Visit the Molecular Fungal ID lab page to learn more about submitting samples to our lab for review and analysis.

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UF Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine Laboratories

The labs located at the UF CDPM are not part of the UF Veterinary Hospital Diagnostic Labs For questions about these services, please contact the specific lab directly.

Zoological Medicine Diagnostic Lab (ZMDX)

The Zoological Medicine Diagnostic (ZMDx) Laboratory at University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine is a full service molecular diagnostic laboratory specializing in the detection of pathogens of captive and free-ranging wildlife.

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As part of both the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and UF Health, Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to advancing animal, human and environmental health through teaching, research, extension and patient care.

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Veterinary Hospitals

Need animal care? Visit the UF Small Animal and Large Animal Hospitals. From dogs, cats, birds and exotics to horses, cattle, llamas, pigs and many other large farm or food animals, our experienced veterinary staff is ready to assist.


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Animal Airwaves

Animal Airwaves is a daily radio series that features one-minute segments relating to animal health, ranging from insights into animal behavior to veterinary patient care breakthroughs and trends.

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