Veterinary Pathology Division (VPD) 

NOTE: PHCR-Europe has transitioned to the Public Health Command  Europe (Provisional).  The information here is provided as a courtesy and may not be up-to-date.

The Veterinary Pathology Division (VPD) is committed to providing timely and accurate veterinary diagnostic services to our customers through gross and microscopic examination of tissue and cytologic specimens. VPD is staffed by a pathologist certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologist. To meet our goals of providing Quality diagnostic data and providing excellent Customer Service, analyses are performed in accordance with LS’ ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation requirements under its ISO 9001:2008 registered Quality Management System (QMS) and ISO 14001:2004 registered Environmental Management System (EMS).
VPD performs rabies diagnostic testing, histopathologic and cytopathologic pathology services, and necropsy training.


Rabies Diagnostics

VPD tests brain tissue for animals suspected of having rabies. Rabies is diagnosed using the direct fluorescent antibody test (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol) which looks for the presence of rabies virus antigens in brain tissue. All human exposure cases are also tested by mouse neuroblastoma cell culture (World Health Organization protocol). Virus isolation in cell culture increases the virus concentration because the virus replicates in cell culture. Mouse neuroblastoma cells provide an excellent environment for amplification of rabies virus without the use of animals.


VPD provides diagnostic services through gross and microscopic examination of submitted tissues. Tissue specimens are accepted from all Department of Defense (DoD) working dogs and animals owned by personnel authorized DoD medical care. Routine Hematoxylin and Eosin staining is performed for all submitted tissue specimens. Additional histochemical and immunohistochemical stains are available to aid in examination and diagnosis.


Cytologic examination and diagnosis is available for stained and unstained smears prepared from fine-needle aspirates, impressions, scrapings, and swabs.

Necropsy Training

The VPD staff pathologist is available for lecture and/or hands-on training on MWD necropsy procedures. Other veterinary pathology related topics are available upon request. If you have a scheduled MWD necropsy please coordinate directly with the staff pathologist.


Contact Information

Name: PHCR-Europe Laboratory Sciences - Veterinary Pathology Division 
Email Address: 
Telephone: 06371-86-8957  (within Germany); (+49) 6371-86-8957 (from outside Germany) 
DSN: (314) 486-8957 
Mailing Address:
Commander, USAPHC PHCR-Europe
Department of Laboratory Sciences
CMR 402
APO AE 09180

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