Facilities

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Veterinary Medicine Building 3A

The Anatomic Pathology Service is located in Veterinary Medicine Building 3A, with more than 13,000-square-feet of state-of-the-art pathology service space. 

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Service Office and Lobby

Our Service Office and Lobby is where we accept all requests for pathologic investigation. Our staff is happy to help with any questions you may have. They can be reached at (530) 752-1368.

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The Linda Munson Necropsy Suite

Our necropsy suite includes: seven small animal necropsy tables, two large animal hydraulic tables, two large animal lay down areas, a segregated necropsy suite for potentially zoonotic disease necropsies, an outdoor necropsy area for elephants and whales, two biosafety cabinets, a band saw room, stryker saw room, photo room, diagnostic testing room, three walk-in coolers and one walk-in freezer.

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Trim Room

The trim room includes five trimming stations and a passthrough hood from the necropsy suite. Ventilated cabinets are provided to each resident to store their tissues from open cases while they are in the midst of histologic investigation. Chemicals are easily dispensed and waste collected through our unique automatic chemical dispensing and waste collection system.

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Gross Rounds Teaching Suite

This specially designed amphitheater includes high intensity lighting and a “clean side” for audience members to easily view all gross specimens being presented by the students on necropsy rotation that week from the “wet,” or inside, of the horseshoe. Lesions are presented on the horseshoe-shaped stainless steel tabletop where a camera can focus on each specimen for projection onto our large display screens for all to easily view.

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Review Pods

We have three double-headed microscope reviewing pods for residents and faculty to review histology slides from biopsy and necropsy cases while entering their findings in the computer system simultaneously, with dual keyboards attached to each computer for quicker simultaneous editing of reports.

Our biopsy review pod has a triple-headed microscope so clinicians may join in the review process and participate in the session to gain a full understanding of the findings in order to determine the next steps in clinical treatment of the animal.

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Multi-headed Microscope

Our 12-headed microscope is a great tool for multiple weekly rounds held to teach residents and students in many different disciplines of pathology. One driver navigates the slides while 11 others look on, asking questions and offering suggestions towards diagnostics or further investigative options.

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Conference Room

Our large conference room is used for multiple rounds, seminars and daily case discussion with students on rotation with the service. We have a microscope projection system that allows upwards of 40 people to view projected images that could be gross or histopathologic specimens for examination.

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Resident Office Space

Our resident office is home to 12-14 anatomic and clinical pathology residents. The office allows residents individual working space to write reports, read microscopic slides and consult with each other on cases.

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Histology Laboratory

Our state-of-the-art histology laboratory includes: backdraft fume hood configurations; a chemical dispensing system that is piped-in, making alcohol and formalin available at the turn of a spigot; multiple equipment items, including a tissue processor, embedding station, four microtomes, an automatic slide stainer, glass slide coverslipper, and an automatic Immunohistochemistry slide stainer. Additionally, the lab has two alcoves that are specifically designated areas for special staining procedures and decalcification procedures, both of which are performed by hand.

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Skulls

We have the unique opportunity to harvest, prepare and display many different species of animals to use as teaching models for future veterinary classes.