October 5, 2012

In the Spotlight: Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory Seeks Wildlife Specimens

Our laboratory, the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW), at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine, specializes in veterinary ocular pathology and is always seeking specimens from wildlife of all kinds.

We are asking members of the wildlife health community to consider submitting eye specimens from interesting wildlife disease investigations.

We process the tissue into microscope slides, craft a report and archive the slides, paraffin blocks and reports. We use the collection for retrospective research studies. We are also interested in the evolution of the eye.

Researchers working on wildlife disease that could benefit from specialized eye pathology should down load a submission form at: (http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/pbs/dubielzig/pages/coplow/printableforms.htm)

Ideally, eyes will be removed from the animal as close to death as possible and put into formalin, then transported to COPLOW. Eyes from animals that have been dead for more than 4 hours are not useful to use because post-mortem autolysis has already destroyed the bulk of the eye’s delicate anatomy.

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Direct any questions to Dr Dick Dubielzig at dubielzr@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu or Dr Chuck Schobert, schobert@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu.

The Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin

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