Diagnostic Services Unit

The Diagnostic Services Unit (DSU) offers fee-for-service veterinary anatomic pathology, histopathology, cytology, and bacteriology services to the veterinary community and researchers. The mission of the Diagnostic Services Unit is to advance the education, research and scholarly programs of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine through excellence in the development and delivery of diagnostic services. Our vision is to be the center of veterinary diagnostic excellence and innovation in Alberta.


The DSU is open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, closed on holidays and weekends.


Alberta Supported Livestock Diagnostics

In partnership with the Government of Alberta, UCVM’s Diagnostic Services Unit is excited to announce the continuation and ongoing expansion of livestock diagnostic capacity in Alberta. This funding will support livestock services until March 2025. Alberta-supported services provide affordable, accurate, in-province, livestock diagnostics to rapidly identify endemic, zoonotic, emerging or exotic diseases and shed light on antimicrobial resistance patterns.

The impacts of AB-supported livestock diagnostics include more timely diagnoses improving animal health and welfare, protection of public health and food safety, market access, enhanced consumer confidence and the creation of educational material to train future veterinarians in Alberta.

 Please follow the links below to learn more about the expanded services and case eligibility.

DSU News

UCalgary conference explores COVID-19 and other emerging diseases

Veterinary medicine faculty virtually hosts Canadian animal health laboratorians

COVID-19 changes horse owners’ attitudes about disease outbreaks

Spate of Potomac horse fever cases triggers a shift in mindset about handling outbreaks

Expansion of critical veterinary diagnostics at UCalgary puts more animal diseases under the microscope

Province announces two grants to increase services and improve livestock care in Alberta

Vet camp a virtual hit for kids in Calgary and across Canada

Vet Med students transform a live summer camp into an online adventure in veterinary medicine

UCVM DVM students present research at American pathologist annual meeting

Three poster abstracts on wildlife pathology cases accepted