Submission advice for histopathology

People Profile

Our team is dedicated to offering you a quality service. We would like to introduce to you some of the team members that your pathology specimens meet when they arrive at our laboratory:


Our pathologists are all experts but we believe personality counts too. We have three great characters in the form of our pathologists – please enjoy working with them.

Emma Scurrell   BVSc, Dip ACVP, MRCVS

Emma is a South African of British heritage and graduated from Onderstepoort in South Africa in 2001. She spent considerable time in clinical practice and completed an internship before qualifying as a pathologist via a residency at the Royal Veterinary College in 2008. Consequently, she can chat through cases with clients from both a practical and pathological perspective. Emma joined Cytopath in 2009, is passionate about cytology and histopathology with a particular interest in ophthalmic pathology. You will discover that Emma is extremely enthusiastic and always happy to help when it comes to your clinical cases.

Michael Rozmanec BVSc, MVSc, MACVS, Dip ACVP, MRCVS

Mike graduated with his BVSc from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 1994 before joining the RSPCA as a small animal veterinarian. In 1996 he entered an internship and masters progam in veterinary pathology at the University of Queensland, Australia. By 1998-9 he had completed his Masters Thesis involving immunocytochemical applications to veterinary cytology, became a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and began working in a private veterinary diagnostic laboratory (clinical pathology). He was awarded the Jim Sutherland Memorial Scholarship by IDEXX Laboratories in 2003 and travelled to Cornell University, NY, USA to undertake a Residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology. Returning to Australia, he became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathology (Anatomic Pathology) in 2006. He moved to the UK in 2011 with his wife (a veterinarian with considerable fish disease and pathology skills) and three children. Mike loves teaching pathology, has interests in cytology, surgical pathology and neuropathology but in his spare time enjoys the outdoors, skiing, photography and football.

Tim Cushing   DVM, Dip ACVP, MRCVS

Tim is from Nova Scotia, Canada and completed his veterinary training at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. A summer position as a necropsy technician at the university convinced him that pathology was the right career path to follow. Following completion of his DVM degree Tim completed an Anatomic Pathology residency at Cornell University in NY, USA and became a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Prior to coming to Cytopath he had been working in a diagnostic lab in South Carolina, USA. In his free time Tim enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, three children and his fun loving dog.

Alex Civello   BVSc, Bsc, MVetMed, FRCPath, Dip ACVP, MRCVS

Alex obtained his undergraduate degree from Bristol in 2011, having intercalated in veterinary pathology at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London. Alex returned to Brighton, his home town, to spend 3 years in mixed clinical practice, before starting a residency in anatomic pathology back at the RVC, where he developed his interest in diagnostic pathology. During his residency he spent considerable time at the Animal and Plant Health Agency in Weybridge providing production animal surveillance pathology. He obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (small domestic animals) in 2016 and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (anatomic pathology) in 2017. Alex has an interest in ophthalmic pathology, and is working alongside Emma Scurrell to assist with our expanding ophthalmic pathology caseload. In this spare time he loves to cook, podcast and plays football and tennis. 

Front office manager  (the real boss!)

Katie Smith    BA (hons) Equine Studies

Katie is our head of front office person extraordinaire who keeps tabs on everything and everyone. Some of you will be familiar with her and most of you will have spoken to her at some point as she joined Cytopath in 2008 and she answers the majority of our phone calls. 

Laboratory Technicians

Helen Murphy    BSc
Ellen Walker     Nat Dip in Animal Care
Maryrose Adams
Zoe Smith

These amazing people know everything about your samples from log-in to final processing. They control the movement of your samples through the laboratory, keep the laboratory running efficiently and maintain tabs on quality control.

There are of course all the behind-the-scene people whom your specimens do not meet.

We cannot forget the book-keepers, accountants, instrument technicians and all the other people who play an important role and are often the unsung heroes, all performing their vital functions with great aplomb and effectiveness.


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