WestVet Veterinary Pathology

In veterinary medicine, pathologists work as board certified specialists, similar to surgeons, radiologists, dermatologists, and ophthalmologists. Veterinary pathologists complete an undergraduate degree, earn a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, complete a rigorous residency program (2 to 4 years), and successfully complete extensive examinations to earn board certification.

There are two types of pathology in veterinary medicine: clinical pathology and anatomic pathology. Clinical pathology involves interpretation of changes in bloodwork as well as microscopic evaluation of whole cells on slides, or “cytology." Anatomic pathology involves microscopic evaluation of whole tissue sections, or “biopsy."

WestVet is pleased to offer the services of Elizabeth Cienava, DVM, DACVP, Board Certified Clinical Pathologist, and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologist (ACVP), and Katherine Gailbreath, DVM, Phd, DACVP, Board Certified Anatomic Pathologist, and Diplomate of the  American College of Veterinary Pathologist (ACVP).

What is a Veterinary Pathologist?

Pathologists detect abnormalities in body functions. WestVet Diagnostics LaboratorySome illnesses and ailments can be diagnosed using physical examinations or medical imaging. However, others are more complex and require additional testing for accurate diagnosis. That is where our pathologists and laboratory team are critical to the successful treatment of your pet.

How can a Veterinary Pathologist Help my Pet?

Think of a veterinary pathologist as a scientist detective--someone seeking the cause of a diagnostic mystery. Pathologists work in partnership with pet families, referring family practice veterinarians, and other specialists at WestVest to determine the correct diagnosis. They play a crucial role in determining the best treatment plan for a patient and provide owners all of the necessary information to make the best decisions for their pet’s care.

WestVet Diagnostic Laboratory Services

We offer rapid processing of samples, personalized consultations with our board certified pathologists, and small animal, equine, ruminant, avian and exotic diagnostics.

• Blood ChemistryWestVet Diagnostics Lab Services
• Hematology
• Endocrinology
• Urinalysis
• Parasitology
• Cytology
• Histopathology
• Necropsy
• Microbiology

For more information on WestVet's Diagnostic Lab services, click HERE.

Feel free to contact WestVet Diagnostic Lab staff members at WestVet via phone 208.375.1600; fax 208.375.1606; or email.