International Veterinary Renal Pathology Service (IVRPS)

The International Veterinary Renal Pathology Service (IVRPS) is a collaborative effort between the Ohio State University and Texas A&M University.

Our mission is to improve health care for individual patients with kidney disease and generate new knowledge about renal diseases in animals by expertly performing thorough pathologic evaluations of kidney specimens obtained from dogs and cats, as well as other animals.  

IVRPS goals

The work performed by the IVRPS is centered around the following operational goals:

  • To perform histologic, ultrastructural and immunohistologic examinations of kidneys that will assist veterinarians, especially nephrologists and specialists in academic and private practices, with the evaluation of their patients with kidney disease.
  • To effectively communicate pathologic findings and their implications, in a timely manner, with each patient's attending clincian(s).
  • To collect detailed clincial information about the features, course, response to treatment, and outcome of pathologically well-defined kidney diseases in animals and integrte the information with the pathologic findings. 
  • To generate and maintain a database containing the clinical and pathologic information collected about pathologically well-defined kidney diseases in animals. To use the resources of the IVRPS, including the database and technology for gathering and managing the data, to facilitate retrospective and prospective investigations that will advance understanding of the causes, treatment and prevention of renal diseases in dogs, cats and other animals.

Forms, Fees & Instructions

Fee Schedule

Kit Request Form 

Renal Biopsy Kit Contents

Renal biopsy handling instructions

Specimen packing and submission checklist

SDS PAGE Instructions, Kit Contents and Submission Form (2 pages)

Biopsy Specimen Submission Form


Dr. Jessica Hokamp, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP (Clinical Pathology), Assistant Professor-Clinical

Dr. Rachel Cianciolo, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACVP (Anatomic Pathology), Co-Director IVRPS

Dr. Mary Nabity, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP (Clinical Pathology), Assistant Professor (Texas A&M), Co-Director IVRPS

Dr. George Lees, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, Co-Director IVRPS

Dr. Shannon McLeland, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP (Anatomic Pathology)

Duane Probst, BS, RVT, SRS, Research Assistant, IVRPS

Mary Sanders (Texas A&M University)

Alan Flechtner (The Ohio State University)

Anne Saulsbery (The Ohio State University)

Contact Information

IVRPS email:

Tel: 614-292-0525