First Australian university to be NATA accredited for veterinary anatomical and clinical pathology

Member News October 12, 2022
First Australian university to be NATA accredited for veterinary anatomical and clinical pathology
NATA team

The University of Sydney’s Veterinary Pathology Diagnostic Services at Camperdown and Camden have received accreditation for anatomical and clinical pathology from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). 

The Veterinary Pathology Diagnostic Services provides high quality services in anatomical and clinical pathology, microbiology, parasitology and molecular diagnostics to the University, veterinary profession, and research organisations. 

NATA accreditation gives users the assurance that their pathology services meet the high levels of reliability and continual improvement set out in international ISO standards. 

Associate Professor David Damien Higgins, Director of the Veterinary Pathology Diagnostic Services, said, “We are pleased to announce that VPDS and Camden Pathology have now been jointly accredited by NATA for necropsy (Sydney), histopathology, and haematology and biochemistry. This makes us the first Australian university owned veterinary pathology lab to be accredited in these areas – a significant milestone nationally.” 

“Achieving the highest international quality assurance standards for testing laboratories, ISO/IEC 17025, assures our clients and their patients of top-quality support, and allows us to model best practice in our teaching programs: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience), residency and higher degree by research (PhD and Masters).  

With NATA accreditation, the pathology service now has a globally-recognised, peer-reviewed and endorsed accreditation that provides a unique level of assurance to members, clients and the community. 

“It’s increasingly expected to be able to assure quality of service through transparency, accountability, and continual improvement. This spans across management systems, procedures, and culture, and has resulted in a more robust service in an increasingly dynamic and changing world,” said Associate Professor Higgins. 

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