Clinical Pathology



A veterinary clinical pathologist is a veterinarian who studies diseases in animals, examines blood, tissue and fluid samples, and conducts laboratory tests that help to confirm or reveal a diagnosis of what may be wrong with your pet. With a timely, accurate diagnosis, the appropriate treatment can begin as soon as possible.

To ensure the most timely treatment possible, NorthStar VETS has a state-of-the-art pathology lab staffed by a board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist. As a result, we can provide on-site processing and staining of cytologies and blood smear reviews for instant diagnosis with same-day reporting on weekdays. In addition, area veterinary clinics can use our service for emergency/STAT samples.

So when you and your veterinarian need answers, NorthStar VETS can provide them - quickly and accurately.

The Services We Provide

Our diagnostic clinical pathology services include:

  • Cytopathology (tissue sample analysis) of fine-needle aspirates and biopsy impression smears
  • Analysis of bone marrow aspirates
  • Fluid analyses of body cavity effusions, cerebrospinal fluid, tracheal wash fluid, synovial fluid
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood smear reviews

For more information about NorthStar VETS Clinical Pathology Lab,
simply call us at 609.259.8300.

And, read this case study to see how our in-house clinical pathology lab helped diagnose a serious infection - and start treatment the same day - in a cat named Hoover.