Clinical Pathology Laboratory
Welcome to the Clinical Pathology Laboratory at Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Our lab is directed and staffed by four Veterinary Clinical Pathologists, three residents and six technical staff consisting of certified Medical Technologists (MT/MLT, ASCP). The laboratory services we provide include: chemistry, hematology, coagulation, endocrinology, urinalysis, and cytology testing. We receive samples from our hospital clinicians, outside clinics and research institutions on routine and research samples. Samples from multiple species are analyzed daily using state-of-the-art automated equipment. We strive to provide the most accurate and precise results in a timely manner.
Quality of Testing performed at the Clinical Pathology Laboratory:
Our lab performs quality control daily and preventative maintenance as per manufacturer recommendations. We also participate in two external quality assurance programs. Our American Proficiency Institute QA Program is performed every other month. This program compares data generated from unknown samples analyzed in our lab with data from the same analyzer at other laboratories. We also participate in the EQUAS QA testing administered by Michigan State University. The routine testing of quality control and proficiency program material allows us to continuously check the well-being of our instruments, reagents and staff’s testing techniques and abilities.
Address and Telephone:
VTH Clinical Pathology Laboratory
625 Harrison St.
West Lafayette, IN 47906
(765) 494-7563 or (765) 494-3972
Monday thru Friday: 8am – 5pm
Routine submission times are 8am – 4pm
Cytology submission times are 8am – 3pm
Samples submitted after the above submission time will be subjected to a late fee charge if sample results are needed the same day.
Cytology samples submitted after the above submission time will be at the discretion of the pathologist on duty. It is strongly recommended that research testing be scheduled in advance.
Submissions for limited laboratory testing are accepted 9am - 11am. Saturdays are reserved for emergencies and monitoring of critically ill cases.
The lab is closed the 1st Tuesday of every month from 8am – 1pm so that the laboratory personnel can perform preventative maintenance on all our instruments.
John Christian, DVM, PhD, Laboratory Director
Craig Thompson, DVM, PhD., Diplomate ACVP
Joanne Messick, DVM, PhD., Diplomate ACVP
Kristin Fisher, DVM
Brian Meyer, DVM
Andrea Santos, DVM
Nicole Rosen, MT (ASCP)
Senior Laboratory Technician:
Stacey Hicks, MT (ASCP)
Amanda Bettag, MT (ASCP)
Darlene Culver, MLT (ASCP)
Melanie Witt, MLS (ASCP)
Michelle Schmierer, MLT (AMT)
Central Lab Submission Site Clerk: