Our facilities

Our building centres on a large Containment level 2 (CL2) post-mortem examination room with high ceilings, natural lighting, post-mortem examination tables, biological safety cabinets, and integrated cold rooms. Such sophisticated facilities, together with a powerful hoist system, means that post-mortem examinations can be carried out on a wide range of species. 

A large viewing gallery overlooks the suite and, where appropriate, the latest digital technology can be used to record and stream post-mortem examinations for training purposes.

Post-mortem examination room (CL2)

The Containment level 2 (CL2) post-mortem examination room deals with carcases that are potentially infected with ACDP Hazard Group (HG) 2 biological agents.

The work in this area of the Veterinary Pathology Centre is predominantly diagnostic post-mortem examination activities, where the cause of death is unknown or requires further investigation. Our facility is also used for teaching veterinary students from year two onwards in post-mortem examination techniques.

Post-mortem examination room (CL3)

A containment level 3 post-mortem examination room within the Veterinary Pathology Centre deals with carcases potentially infected with ACDP Hazard Group (HG) 3 and/or SAPO3 biological agents. 

This enables us to work safely with cases where there are significant potential or known infectious disease risks. Work is predominantly diagnostic post-mortem examination activities where the cause of death is unknown or requires further investigation.

Post-mortem examinations

For further information about the services we offer, see our Post-mortem examinations page.

Histopathology laboratory

Our Histopathology Laboratory offers histological processing and interpretation for diagnostic and research purposes from internal and external sources. 

Services include:

  • Diagnostic histopathology (biopsies and post-mortem samples)
  • Special stains
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Forensic pathology

Histopathology Services

For further information about the services we offer, see our Histopathology services page.

Teaching facilities

We offer exemplary teaching facilities for veterinary students and vets-in-practice, as well as acting as a hub for veterinary surveillance through post-mortem examination of companion, livestock and zoo animals.

Our purpose-built School of Veterinary Medicine includes dedicated teaching spaces, breakout rooms, research and teaching laboratories and a large veterinary Clinical Skills Centre. Located on our Manor Park campus, our Veterinary Pathology Centre offers state-of-the-art pathology teaching, research and diagnostic facilities.

Vets in training

At the University of Surrey, we pride ourselves on our innovative approach to veterinary education and training. Our veterinary students are exposed to a large and varied case load, thanks to the University's strong connections with established clinical partners and the wider veterinary profession.

A distributed model of teaching means that students are out in the field from day one of their education and training and are exposed to the wide range of career opportunities open to veterinary graduates, through regular contact with clinicians, research institutes and government agencies.