About our pathology service

Clinical pathology

The science required to keeping animals healthy is the same as for humans. Our Clinical Pathology service is well-equipped to get to the bottom of any diagnosis or problem, offering services from endocrinology and haematology, through to serology, toxicology and more.

We handle all veterinary species, including companion, production and performance animals, as well as providing diagnostic services for indigenous wildlife species (including fish and marine mammals, as well as animals in zoological collections).

Anatomic pathology

The anatomic pathology team offer a service for legal and insurance post-mortems, as well as taking donations for teaching post-mortems.

Legal/insurance necropsies

Legal/insurance post-mortems are any cases involving a Veterinary Practice Board claim or potential claim, insurance claim, RSPCA cases or Racing and Wagering WA cases.

These cases receive full legal-level post-mortem reports with full histology included and are performed the next day a pathologist is on duty. This service is provided all year round. Ancillary testing can be offered, if required for an additional charge.

Any requested private cremation must be organised and paid for through the owners/referring clinic and we will alert the nominated cremation company when the remains are available.

Teaching necropsy donations

These are performed at no charge and receive free communal cremation, however, receive no report, no histology, and no ancillary testing is available. Samples are NOT taken for these cases, so if the case may become a legal case, a legal post-mortem must be requested from the start. Teaching necropsies are only performed on fifth year rotation weeks, between January and November.

Private cremation is available for these cases. Any requested private cremation must be organised and paid for through the owners/referring clinic and we will alert the nominated cremation company when the remains are available.

Contact our Anatomic pathology team for more information.

Please be aware we are a referral-only service. We only accept cases from submitting clinicians and do not accept cases directly from owners. By submitting a case to our service, you are agreeing to act as the primary clinician on the case (e.g., communicating all results with the owner) and that all pathology charges are the responsibility of the referring clinic, (i.e., TAHMU will invoice the referring clinic, not the owner; and charges are dependent on the type of case). 


Associate Professor Rossi completed a Veterinary Medicine degree at University of Milan (Italy), he worked in a small animal practice before returning to University of Milan to complete a PhD in Veterinary Clinical Pathology. After his residency, he became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. Associate Professor Rossi teaches in several veterinary, animal science and biomedical sciences units in 2nd, 3rd, and 5th year.

He coordinates the Systemic Pathology and Medicine unit (VET377), and he is responsible for the Clinical Pathology section of the Production Animal, Public Health and Pathology rotation (VET687). He is supervising honours students, PhD students and residents. He is an active researcher in the fields of analytical and biological validation of novel diagnostic biomarkers, inflammation and sepsis in both animal and human patients and acute and chronic kidney diseases.

Minia is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology (Anatomic Pathology). After finishing her veterinary degree at the University of Queensland in 2013, she undertook a residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology at Murdoch University. Minia became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (DACVP) in 2018. She has a special interest in avian and wildlife pathology, neuropathology, and forensic pathology and is currently completing a PhD investigating the cause of leg paralysis in Carnaby’s Cockatoos.

Minia loves teaching and coordinates the Anatomic Pathology 5th year rotation as well as teaching into the 3rd and 4th year pathology units of the DVM program. Contributing to creating a culture of diversity, inclusivity, creativity and wellbeing within the Vet School are extremely important to Minia.

At the forefront of animal health, the pathology team is dedicated to unravelling the mysteries that lie beneath the surfaces.

Our team of highly skilled pathology technicians and veterinary pathologists brings together a wealth of experience, passion, and cutting-edge technology to provide meticulous examination and analysis of tissues, organs, and bodily fluids. 

From routine screenings to in-depth investigations, our pathology staff is committed to delivering timely and accurate results, empowering you to make informed decisions about the health and well-being of your cherished companions.