IZVG Pathology - Facilities & Services
A division of the International Zoo Veterinary Group
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Our pathology division was established to provide dedicated pathology services for zoo, exotic, wildlife and aquarium species (including fish), and we are unique within the UK in working solely with these species. We provide gross post mortem examinations and histopathology services for our own zoo, aquarium and private clients, to other diagnostic laboratories, and to specialist referral and first opinion veterinary practices.
We prefer private individuals (i.e. non-veterinarians) with collections of exotic animals to liaise with us through their usual veterinary surgeon in the first instance, so that appropriate clinical measures (e.g. prescription treatments) can be recommended by their vet in response to our findings.
Our two pathologists work closely with our experienced clinicians and support staff within IZVG to assist many leading zoological collections and aquaria. Regular publications and professional presentations attest to our determination to enhance the discipline of zoo pathology in the United Kingdom.
From our laboratory in Leeds, International Zoo Veterinary Group Pathology can provide the following services:
We can provide packaging materials for routine sample submissions, and guidance on submission of more difficult specimens.
We can also provide pathologists for off-site gross post mortem examinations, for example, where the size of an animal (e.g. megafauna) makes examination in our own laboratory impractical. Our pathologists can assist in the planning and execution of such procedures, and liaise with appropriate facilities and other colleagues to ensure an efficient team-based approach.
Our pathologists work from an office within the laboratory facilities of Nationwide Laboratories in Leeds. At this location we have access to:
Our pathology division is able to offer a limited number of placements for veterinary pathology residents, veterinary surgeons undertaking work towards specialist postgraduate qualifications in zoo and wildlife medicine, and veterinary students in their clinical years who have already some interest and aptitude in pathology. This could include collaborating on elective research projects in consultation with the student’s host academic institution.
If you are looking for work experience in a veterinary practice, you may wish to consult the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon's website (www.rcvs.org.uk) to locate a practice near you.
International Zoo Veterinary Group is a trading name of IZVG LLP, a limited liability partnership no. OC361054, registered England