Laboratory Sample Submission Guidelines

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Please adhere to the procedures to ensure your samples can be processed appropriately at the UBC Animal Care Services Diagnostic & Research Histology Laboratory.

General Submission Information

To submit animals or samples, please contact the Diagnostic & Research Histology Laboratory at Indicate type of testing required and desired date of animal/sample submission. Also, please indicate preferred method of the submission (in person/courier or ACS pick-up service). We will send you an email confirmation that the animals/samples have been scheduled.

On the scheduled day, animals/samples can be submitted in person to the Centre for Comparative Medicine, please see below for the receiving hours.

Alternatively, we can pick up live animals/samples from your facility; please ensure those are ready at the time agreed upon. To schedule a pick-up please contact, it may take up to 24 hours to process your order. There is a small fee associated with the ACS pick-up service.

Ensure live animals are packed in approved shipping containers following guidelines of live animal transport. Ensure samples are in leak proof containers and in a secondary leak-proof bag/container

In case you wish to make any change to the already scheduled submission e.g. change number/type of the samples or type of the test please let us know in advance.

Receiving hours are Monday - Friday (except holidays):

  • Live animals: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
  • Fresh carcasses and biological materials: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Carcasses or tissues in fixative: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Samples for Research Histology Lab: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Animal Submission for Diagnostics

Whenever possible, submission of the entire animal is preferred. Dead animals should be submitted as soon as possible after death.


Histology Sample Preparation and Submission

Sample preparation is of utmost importance to ensure the highest quality results. If after reading the information below you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the lab for a more personalized consultation.


Packing & Shipping


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