The Research Animal Pathology Service is a shared resource in the School of Medicine that provides excellence in animal pathology support in order to optimize the scientific value as well as the reproducibility of animal studies.

The Research Animal Pathology Service helps support the animal care and use function in the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) as well as provides research pathology support services for the Duke University biomedical community.

Services provided include:

Rebecca Bacon, DVM
Rebecca Bacon, DVM
  • Pathologist support at necropsy
  • Histopathology assessment of tissues from laboratory animals
  • Toxicologic pathology support for preclinical toxicology and pharmacology studies
  • Project consultation during initial study design, execution, analysis, and publication preparation
  • Morphologic diagnoses using standardized consensus nomenclature
  • Standardized scoring systems for neoplastic, inflammatory, and other non-neoplastic lesions
  • Cause of death assignments, co-morbidity, and disease burden quantification
  • Customized methods development for project-specific pathology objectives
  • Comparison and validation of animal models to human conditions

The Research Animal Pathology Service is based in the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources and is under the direction of Rebecca Bacon, DVM, DACVP. To request service, please email Dr. Bacon

Access myRESEARCHpath for additional animal research resources and guidance.