Clinical Pathology at VRC

VRC is a Malvern, PA specialty veterinary hospital that accepts referrals from veterinarians around the greater Philadelphia area. Our staff is made up of specialists who are experts in their field.

Dr. Roberta Di Terlizzi, Clinical Pathology
Dr. Roberta Di Terlizzi,
Clinical Pathology

We also feature an on-site reference laboratory powered by Vetaura, which is home to clinical pathologist Roberta Di Terlizzi, DVM, DACVP.

Board certified with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Dr. Terlizzi focuses on diagnostics, helping our referrals figure out exactly what is going on with their animals and advising courses of action. She works with local vets to provide pet owners the best care possible when their companions fall ill.

Veterinary clinical pathology is a very important specialization. Animals can’t always telegraph to us how they feel, or where they hurt, so we turn to clinical pathologists to diagnose their diseases by analyzing their bodily fluids.

Urine, blood, tissue aspirates, and cavitary effusions all contain clues that can help clinical pathologists diagnose disease in pets. Once a disease or condition is diagnosed, the veterinary pathologist can offer treatment recommendations and suggestions, working with clinical veterinarians and local veterinarians to provide plans to care for ill animals. Or, they may ask for further tests in order to get a bigger picture of the disease. Sometimes diagnostics is a bit like assembling a puzzle without knowing what the picture is, so having as much information as possible is crucial. If your clinical veterinary pathologists asks for more tests, it’s so they can give the most accurate diagnosis possible.

Veterinary clinical pathologists don’t always just advise pet owners. They also conduct scientific studies in order to advise the government or other agencies if there is a dangerous disease spreading through an animal population. This important information can help other veterinarians develop drugs and other products that improve animal health and reduce the spread of disease—among animals, of course, but also among people in the case of diseases that affect the human population. In fact, it was veterinary pathologists who recognized that West Nile Virus had arrived in North America, and veterinary pathologists often appear on teams that are researching such human illnesses as cancer and AIDS.

At VRC, our clinical pathology department receives samples from area veterinarians so that we can test and closely examine them. We seek to provide testing that is not only comprehensive, but also accurate. We know how important pets are to their caretakers, and we also know that not every veterinary office is outfitted to diagnose every possible disease or analyze its progression, which is why we are here to offer our services to the community. At VRC, we don’t just serve pets and their owners. We also help local vets give the best care possible to their patients.

VRC is located in the greater Philadelphia area. If you are interested in our clinical pathology services, or the specialized diagnostic equipment we have on site, please contact us today.