In veterinary medicine, pathologists are board certified specialists, similar to surgeons, radiologists, dermatologists and ophthalmologists. To become board certified, pathologists must complete an undergraduate degree, earn a four year doctor of veterinary medicine degree, complete a rigorous residency program (2 to 4 years) and successfully take extensive examinations.
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 (called “cytology”). Anatomic pathology involves microscopic evaluation of whole tissue sections (called “biopsy”).
WestVet is pleased to offer the services of Elizabeth Cienava, DVM, Board Certified Clinical Pathologist, and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologist (DACVP), and Katherine Gailbreath, DVM, Phd, Board Certified Anatomic Pathologist, and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologist (DACVP).
What is a Veterinary Pathologist?
Pathologists study how the body functions normally, what occurs when normal function is disrupted, and detection and diagnosis of abnormalities. Typically, animals treated at WestVet are here because of ailments or injuries. These may be obvious--a broken bone or an ear infection, or complex like a tumor in the liver that is bleeding into the abdomen or a ruptured intervertebral disk. However, all of these medical problems are types of pathology. Some can be diagnosed using physical examination or medical imaging, but many require additional testing for accurate diagnosis. That is where pathologists are critical to the successful treatment of your pet.
How can a Veterinary Pathologist Help my Pet?
You might think of a veterinary pathologist as a scientist detective--a professional seeking out the cause of a diagnostic mystery. Pathologists work in partnership with owners, the referring general practice veterinarian, and other specialists at WestVest to determine the correct diagnosis. This is critical in determining the best treatment plan for a patient and gives 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 Chemistry
Hours of Operation:
- Monday - Friday 8 AM - 8 PM
- Saturday 11 AM - 6 PM
- Sunday 8 AM - 2 PM
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