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Our services

We are a specialist referral veterinary anatomic pathology service, which accepts post-mortem cases (and formalin-fixed tissues from a post-mortem case) from submitting veterinarians from any clinic.

Additionally, we accept post-mortem and biopsy cases from clinicians within The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University.

Our post-mortem examination fees include macroscopic examination and histopathology. Ancillary diagnostic testing is available at an additional charge, a quote for which will be provided by the pathologist when requested.

The final report may take up to three weeks or longer depending on the additional testing required.

How to submit a case

For veterinarians

If you are a veterinarian seeking to submit a case to our service, please click the link below:

Referrals

Please be aware that biopsy and post-mortem examinations will not be performed without a completed submission form.

Storage of samples

Please store post-mortem cases refrigerated and not frozen, if possible, unless an extended period of storage is required for your particular sample (e.g. >48hrs).

Freezing will increase turn-around time and create serious tissue artefacts on gross examination and histopathology.

Tips for submission

Please ensure the submission is adequately labelled with all relevant patient details.

By submitting diagnostic specimens, referring veterinarians and their clients understand that such specimens will not be returned to them, unless a private (individual) cremation is requested.

If prior arrangements for the private/individual cremation have been made, the submitted specimens will not be released until the case is closed, i.e. the pathologist has sent the final report.

Pathology charges

Please be aware that all pathology charges are the responsibility of the referring veterinarian, i.e. TAHMU will invoice the referring veterinarian, not the owner.

Pathology charges are dependent on the type of case, e.g. routine versus legal. For further information, please contact the pathology department at pathology@murdoch.edu.au.

Clients have the option to choose either bulk or private cremation as detailed on the Anatomic Pathology submission form. It is possible to arrange for the remains to be collected for private cremation directly from TAHMU by the client’s chosen pet cremation service. Please note that private pet cremation service providers will charge the client, directly.

Delivering a case for post-mortem examination

Please call The Animal Hospital (1300 652 494) to let reception staff know you are coming to make a delivery for a post-mortem examination. You can deliver the case to our Primary Care and Emergency Reception, which is open 24/7. Reception staff will call the pathology technician if delivery is made during office hours. Outside of office hours, a nurse will accompany you to your car to accept your case.

For pet owners

Please note: We do not accept cases without a referral from a veterinarian.

If you have a referral letter from a veterinarian:

Please call Primary Care Reception at The Animal Hospital (1300 652 494) to let reception staff know you will be coming to make a delivery for a post-mortem examination. Once you arrive, please let reception staff know that you have come to make a delivery for a Post-Mortem Examination. Our staff will call the Pathology Technician who will meet you and accompany you to your car to accept your pet.

If you do NOT have a referral letter from a veterinarian:

Members of the public who do not have a regular or referring veterinarian, but who would like a post-mortem examination to be completed on their pet, can make an appointment with the Primary Care department weekdays 8am to 6pm or with the Emergency department after hours and on weekends. This will incur an appointment fee.

At the appointment, one of our veterinarians will take the medical history of your pet and collect all the information required to make a submission for post-mortem examination possible.

Please call the hospital on 1300 652 494 to make an appointment.

Pathology charges

Please be aware that all pathology services incur charges and that you, as the client submitting a case for post-mortem examination, are responsible for all charges associated with your pet’s examination.

If your pet is submitted through your referring veterinarian, The Animal Hospital charges your referring veterinarian for the pathology services rendered. Your referring veterinarian will then pass these costs on to you.

If your pet is submitted after a consultation with one of our Primary Care or Emergency veterinarians, then pathology charges are added to your client account at The Animal Hospital and we will invoice you for the services rendered, directly.

Pathology charges are dependent on the type of case, e.g. routine versus legal. You can discuss these charges with your referring veterinarian prior to making a submission for post-mortem examination.

You have the option to choose either bulk or private cremation. It is possible to arrange for your pet’s remains to be collected for private cremation directly from TAHMU by your chosen pet cremation service. Please note that private pet cremation service providers will charge you, directly.