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Ever wonder what happens to the blood sample you submitted for a complete blood count (CBC) to the Cornell Clinical Pathology Laboratory?  Are you confused why your patient’s blood smear was or was not reviewed by a clinical pathologist?  Spurred on by the resident research project of Dr. Ashleigh Newman in collaboration with research mentor and clinical pathologist Dr. Erica Behling-Kelly and clinician and Veterinary Information Network (VIN) consultant Dr. Mark Rishniw, these questions are going to be answered! More...

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Our new eClinPath website, an online educational resource for veterinarians, is here!

Our residents, Drs. Newman and Asakawa, and instructor, Dr. Brandt, successfully completed the certifying portion of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists examination and are now board-certified in Clinical Pathology. Please join us in congratulating them on this achievement.

Check out Dr. Ashleigh Newman’s and Dr. Erica Behling-Kelly’s research publication “Reporting and interpreting red blood cell morphology: is there discordance between clinical pathologists and clinicians?” in the latest issue of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. The aims of their study, which was done in collaboration with Dr. Mark Rishniw, were to survey clinicians and CPs about RBC-M terms and their clinical value, and identify areas of agreement and discordance. This is the second time one of Dr. Behling-Kelly’s publications was an “Editor’s Choice” in VCP!


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The Clinical Pathology Laboratory is in the Department of Population Medicine and is also a unit of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University. The Laboratory is staffed by three clinical pathologists, all of whom are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, 2 clinical pathology residents, a laboratory manager, 7 medical technologists and 2 administrative assistants. We have a high-volume, high-quality laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art analyzers. We provide diagnostic testing and professional consultation services to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, to researchers affiliated with Cornell University and to private veterinary practitioners and researchers throughout New York, the USA, and worldwide.

The clinical pathology section is an academic unit with three mandates:

  • Professional diagnostic service: We are committed to performing high-quality, timely, comprehensive, and accurate laboratory testing of animal specimens in the areas of hematology, clinical chemistry, diagnostic cytology, immunology, and urinalysis. As part of this service, we provide professional consultation for our laboratory results.
  • Education: We are dedicated to educating current and future veterinarians in clinical pathology through our residency program, interactive case-based lectures, laboratories and seminars, elective laboratory rotations for students, interns and residents, and web-based educational resources (see eClinPath below).
  • Research: We are committed to contributing to the advancement of knowledge in clinical pathology through investigative research. Our faculty and residents are actively involved in clinical applied research, which is a vital component of our residency training program.  Current research areas of interest are:
    • Hematopoietic neoplasia, such as leukemia and lymphoma
    • Thrombotic disorders in animals
    • Hematologic disorders, including iron deficiency anemia and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia