Dr Rick Last (BVSc; M.Med.Vet(Path); MRCVS)
Specialist Veterinary Pathologist
Although surgical pathology forms only a portion of veterinary oncology, if used correctly within the framework of the veterinary team (clinician, veterinary nurse, owner, pathologist), it provides the opportunity for rapid accurate diagnosis and immediate implementation of relevant therapy. The pathologist reading the biopsy is removed from the patient and outside the mainstream flow of medical information, pertaining to the particular patient circulating within the practice. The pathologist must therefore rely on members of the clinical team to provide important information which is almost always essential to reaching a diagnostic conclusion or diagnostic rule out’s.