Pathology — Madison, Wisconsin

Science Center Objects

About the Capability

The Environmental Health Program collaborates with the pathology section of  the Necropsy and Pathology Diagnostic Laboratory at the National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) to advance an understanding of the effects of contaminant and pathogen exposure on wildlife. 

 

Digestive gland from a freshwater snail (Lymnaea stagnalis)

Digestive gland from a freshwater snail (Lymnaea stagnalis)

(Credit: Julia Lankton, USGS. Public domain.)

 

Key Analytical Capabilities

  • Diagnostic and research necropsy capability
  • Light microscopy
  • Special microscopy techniques (for example immunohistochemistry)
  • Digital image analysis
  • Pathology consultation and interpretation
  • Wildlife epidemiology expertise
A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) wildlife pathologist examines a Cassin's auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) in the necropsy lab

A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) wildlife pathologist examines a Cassin's auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) in the necropsy laboratory at the USGS NWHC.

(Public domain.)

Liver vacuoles in a zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) treated with the neonicotinoid clothianidin

Liver vacuoles in a zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) treated with the neonicotinoid clothianidin.

(Credit: Julia Lankton, USGS. Public domain.)

 

Key Instrumentation

  • 5300 square foot biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) necropsy facility
  • BSL-3 animal research facilities
  • State-of-the-art light microscopes and digital image software
A multi-headed teaching microscope lets wildlife pathologists view the same histopathology slides

A multi-headed teaching microscope lets wildlife pathologists view the same histopathology slides.

(Public domain.)