SVP can assist you with your research.

In addition to veterinary diagnostic services, we provide pathology expertise in biomedical and translational research for the enhancement of human and animal health. We are happy to assist you in your research endeavors, from study design to analysis to manuscript preparation. Collectively, the pathologists at SpecialtyVETPATH have experience in clinical and anatomic pathology from a wide array of species, including laboratory and aquatic animals. We also have experience and expertise to provide assistance with immunohistochemical studies including antibody selection, optimization, validation and interpretation.

SpecialtyVETPATH also offers technical training. We will train technicians, post docs or student assistants to perform IHC staining, microtomy, or other techniques in our well-equipped, modern lab facility. Contact us to discuss your needs, and we will design a training schedule and curriculum to fit your project.

A La Carte and Project Based Services

Professional services provided by Pathologists at SpecialtyVETPATH will be billed at a rate of $300/hour. Billable services include, but are not limited to, project review, meetings, literature review, necropsies, interpretation of clinical laboratory results, cytopathology slides and histopathology slides, assay development, optimization, and validation studies, taking photomicrographs, and manuscript review. Residents, laboratory technicians and laboratory administrative support staff will be assigned work as necessary and appropriate to complete deliverables efficiently and economically, and hours will be billed at rates of $30-$95. Project based flat-fees will be agreed upon in writing prior to SpecialtyVETPATH commencing work on the project.

Collaborator Retainer Services

The Investigator/Research group will pay a monthly Collaborator Retainer Fee for Services set forth in the Proposal provided to the Client. The fees are an “availability retainer”, committing SpecialtyVETPATH to provide services to you as you require them during normal business hours (or as agreed upon) in connection to the services described in the proposal. Fees for Diagnostic Pathology Services may be included or billed separately, as agreed upon by the parties and set forth in the proposal.


SpecialtyVETPATH will bill the Client monthly for any Fees and Expenses incurred. For projects with a flat fee, the Fees will be billed in total after the first month of work unless otherwise agreed. Invoices are submitted in the first week of the month and payments are considered past due if not received by the 25th day of the month invoiced.

The fees shall be payable on or before the first (1st) day of each month for the duration set forth in the Proposal. SpecialtyVETPATH will automatically charge the credit card provided by the Client on the first (1st) day of each month unless other arrangements have been agreed upon in advance.


Either party may terminate the Professional Services Agreement with reasonable notice to the other party. Should the Client terminate the Professional Services hereunder prior to the end of the term set forth in the proposal, the Fees for the full term of the Proposal will be due and payable to SpecialtyVETPATH at the time of termination. Should SpecialtyVETPATH terminate the Professional Services hereunder prior to the end of the term set forth in any proposal, no further payment of Fees will be due by the Client.


Service A la carte Collaborator Retainer
Study design consultations Hourly Included
Literature search, review and summary Hourly Included
Manuscript review Hourly Included
Email/phone communications Hourly Included
Meetings Hourly Included
Photomicrographs Hourly (+ license release fee if required) Included
Clinical pathology results consultation and data set review Hourly May be included or hourly, as per agreement
Pathologist interpretation of cytopathology, immunocytochemistry, histopathology and immunohistochemistry slides Hourly May be included or hourly, as per agreement
Necropsy – gross and microscopic Flat fee per animal or group May be included or billed at flat fee, as per agreement
Assay development, optimization, and validation studies Hourly or flat fee Not included – hourly or flat fee


Research Sample Processing Fee Schedule (large studies: >50 blocks, please call for quote.)

Service Unit Price
Immunohistochemistry Staining

1-10  slides

11-20 slides


$40.00 / slide

$35.00 / slide

$30.00 / slide

Antibody optimization (antibody provided by investigator) Per antibody $200 – $500.00 per antibody
TMA control (3-6 cores) slide $10-$20 (isotype control = $20)
TMA design block Please contact us.
Tissue processing / paraffin embedding block $10.00
Tissue trimming block $10.00
Paraffin sectioning slide $5.00
Frozen section / cryostat OCT blocks provided by client $5.00 / slide
Stain H&E slide $10.00
Special stains slide $12.00 (positive control provided)
Tech training (Staining, microtomy) Hourly or flat fee Please contact us.


For more information about Research Collaboration and Support Services offered by SpecialtyVETPATH, or to request a tailored Collaborator Retainer plan for your study, please contact us at 206-453-5691 or


We are all on the same team: The patient's.