About Us

The Veterinary Pathology Image Database is a website created by the Servei de Diagnòstic de Patologia Veterinària – SDPV (Veterinary Pathology Diagnostic Service). This Service belongs to the Veterinary School of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. This image database consists of a selection of digital images and scanned kodachromes taken from necropsies, slaughterhouse inspection and histopathological slides performed since 1984. Most of these pictures belong to the archives of the SDPV, however some pictures have been kindly donated by other European academic institutions or private collections.


The principal goal of this interactive tool is educational. Most of these pictures have been taken for teaching purposes of veterinary and postgraduate students and veterinary clinicians or meat inspectors. In this way, the website has been designed to facilitate and promote self-learning of students and veterinarians, and to improve their knowledge and diagnostic skills in the field of Veterinary Pathology.


To facilitate the access and learning of any person around the world, the main language of this website is English. However, some old pictures have comments in Spanish.


In order to standardize the terminology used in Veterinary Pathology, we have tried to follow the guidelines provided by the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP).

Search Strategies

There are a number of data fields associated to each image and the contents of these fields are used to search for specific pictures or groups of pictures. The search criteria are fixed for each field. These include:

These fields, along with additional comments, will appear next to the resulting images. Moreover, thumbnails of related pictures from the same case, if they exist, can be found in a column on the right.


This academic website has been created through the collaboration of all the personnel of the SDPV and the Histology and Veterinary Pathology Unit of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. These include all the pathologists, residents, PhD students, veterinary students, technicians, secretary and computer programmers that have been collaborating with us during all these years. Some of the slaughterhouse pictures have been donated by the Servei de Suport a Escorxadors (SESC) from the Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA).

Copy and Distribution

On behalf of an altruist spirit of education, all of these images can be downloaded freely, and therefore they can be only used for teaching purposes. We do not authorize their use for economic, publication or other type of intentions without the agreement of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Image Donation

Image donation to the archive will be greatly appreciated. The authorship of the images will be recognised through a watermark and/or a link to the source included in the “Comments” field.


For any question, suggestion or erratum, please contact the following persons:
Dr. Alberto Marco (DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVP)
Dr. Jorge Martínez (DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVP)

Servei de Diagnòstic de Patologia Veterinària, Facultat de Veterinària, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Spain

The number of images is periodically updated. Today we have 3138 slides.