The Pathology Unit of the Irish Equine Centre provides a round the clock service to horse owners and veterinary surgeons.
Surveillance: It provides post mortem, histopathological and other examinations required to determine immediate cause of death,
to monitor patterns in disease incidence and to provide surveillance for the detection of exotic diseases. The detailed reports
which it provides are often a key element of insurance or litigation claims.
Analysis of tracheal and bronchoalveolar lavage samples assists in the investigation and diagnosis of horses with respiratory tract disease.
A technique where bronchoalveolar lavage can be performed on a routine basis in practice was developed by the Head of the Unit, Dr. Ursula Fogarty.
The technique is now widely used throughout the world.
Fertility assessment: A significant facet of the work carried out by the Pathology Unit for the benefit of breeders is the histopathological examination of
uterine tissue, placental membranes and aborted fetal material to assist in the assessment of mare fertility and foal health. It also collaborates
closely with Weatherbys Ireland in the provision of its haemolytic foal screening service.
Research: The Pathology Unit team participate in research and education programmes on a national and international stage including the development
of new diagnostic techniques in the areas of reproduction and foal disease. The Unit also plays a role in the investigation and registration of
pharmaceutical products. Non-equine diagnostic work is primarily carried out for the Department of Agriculture.