Toe Tail and TECA Histopathology

Section: Histology

Fee: $75.00

Turnaround Time: 5–10 business days

Days Test Started: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Species: All Species, Other




Minimum Amount


Sealed, Leakproof Container


Sealed, Leakproof Container

Ear Canal

Sealed, Leakproof Container

Collection Information

GENERAL - Label all containers with appropriate information - Animal ID, Owner Name, Veterinarian, Sample Type, Date.
REFRIGERATION - Refrigerate all samples until shipment.
FRESH TISSUES - Collect tissues in sterile/clean containers (plastic jars or sealable plastic bags). Separate tissues in different containers and label with tissue type, animal ID, and owner name. Tissues should be fixed in 10% neutral buffered formalin (NBF).

During winter months add 10% of isopropyl alcohol to the formalin solution (e.g., 1 part isopropyl alcohol to 9 parts 10% NBF) to prevent specimen freezing during transport.

Shipping Information

OVERNIGHT - Ship overnight in an insulated shipper with ice packs (pack absorptive material to collect moisture) DO NOT SHIP OVER THE WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY - NO SATURDAY DELIVERY
LEAKS - Ensure all samples are in leakproof packages and clearly labeled with Tissue Type/Animal ID/Owner Name. Include absorptive material to collect any leaks - double bag any fresh tissues.
PAPERWORK - Package paperwork separately in a waterproof, sealable plastic bag. Ensure paperwork is complete and specimens are labeled for easy matching. If you are using CF.755 Multiple Animal Continuation Form, please include a hard copy and email a copy to
FRESH TISSUES - If shipping different tissue types, clearly label each container with owner and animal ID (if applicable) and sample/tissue type. Double bag ALL fresh tissues. Ship tissue samples in a leakproof primary container. Place the primary container in a secondary, sealable bag to help contain the sample if damaged during shipment.

Additional Information
Fee includes routine histochemical (special) stains and decalcification. Immunohistochemistry will result in additional charges. If required for diagnosis, special stains, additional sections or immunohistochemistry will delay turn-around time.

The fee covers a unilateral TECA. For bilateral TECAs, the fee will be charged to each TECA.

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