Lab Services

Routine Slide Preparation, IHC, Image Analysis/Morphometry & Slide Scanning

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Pathology Services

Both GLP and non-GLP Slide Evaluation from Board-Certified Veterinary Pathologists

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Specimen Storage

Secure Ambient, Refrigerated, -4 degree Celsius and -80 degree Celsius Archiving

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Tom Galati, Founder, CEO, and Lab Director

Tom founded HSRL in February 1999 after receiving his education at George Mason University and James Madison University.  He started the company to provide histology services to pharmaceutical companies, government researchers and contract research organizations.  Mr. Galati expanded the company to include archiving services in 2005 and pathology services in 2006. His experience includes overseeing the processing of thousands of GLP studies at HSRL including toxicologic studies, neurotoxicity studies, reproductive toxicology studies, inhalation studies, sub-chronic and carcinogenicity studies.  Tom attends several symposia each year including: Society of Toxicology, Society of Toxicologic Pathology, American College of Toxicology, and American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

David Garlick, DVM, DACVP, Director of Pathology

Dr. Garlick received his DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in N. Grafton, Massachusetts in 1985. He also did his anatomic pathology residency in the Department of Pathology at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1990 and since then has been involved with various aspects of preclinical drug discovery and development.

Dr. Garlick has 24 years of experience in toxicologic pathology; having evaluated a wide variety of compounds in numerous species including acute, subacute, subchronic, and chronic toxicity studies in rodents, dogs, pigs, and non-human primates.  His areas of specialization and interest include safety evaluation of biologics, mouse models of human disease, and pathology evaluation of biomaterials.  His distinguished career spans several contract research organizations, and Dr. Garlick joined HSRL in 2008. He serves not only as HSRL’s Director of Pathology, but also as study pathologist for both non-GLP and GLP-compliant short and long term toxicology preclinical studies.  

Since 2003, he has been an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of Cancer Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where, as the Head of the Veterinary Pathology Services Core at the Cancer Center, he provides expert histopathology consultation and interpretation of tissues collected from transgenic mice, mutant mice, and various mouse models of human diseases. David has also served as Clinical Instructor for the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine since 1998, where he has taught first- and second-year students in general pathology, organology, and urinary system pathophysiology courses. Since 2011 he has served as Adjunct Professor/Affiliate Member for the Cancer Center at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Garlick maintains professional association affiliations and participates annually in relevant conferences and publications review.  He is a member in the following professional societies: American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Society of Toxicologic Pathology and the Boston Area Pharmaceutical Toxicology Group.  Dr. Garlick has co-authored over 50 scientific manuscripts and abstracts.

Laura Elcock, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Senior Pathologist

Dr. Laura Elcock joined HSRL as a senior pathologist in the fall of 2015. She has over 30 years of experience as a Toxicologic Pathologist and has served as the primary pathologist in over 500 GLP and non-GLP preclinical studies in the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. 

Aside from general toxicologic pathology, she has a particular interest in male reproductive pathology. During her tenure with Charles River Laboratories, she served as the international liaison for male reproductive studies and created an extensive training database for colleagues.

Dr. Elcock also has extensive experience in 2-year rodent bioassays. Over her career, she has evaluated over 15 peer-reviewed carcinogenicity studies using a variety of mouse and rat strains.

 Dr. Elcock has been employed as a veterinary pathologist for private pharmaceutical companies as well as a variety of contract research laboratories (CROs). She worked for Bayer Corporation for 20 years, followed by Charles River Laboratories and Huntingdon Life Sciences. She also launched and ran her own independent consulting company, Laura Elcock Pathology, LLC, for a number of years prior to joining forces with HSRL.

Dr. Elcock received her DVM and graduate degrees (MS and PhD) in Veterinary Pathology from Kansas State University, and is board-certified in Anatomic Pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She is a member of the Society of Toxicologic Pathology (STP), American College of Toxicologists (ACT), and the STP Reproductive Pathology Special Interest Group (SIG).

Dr. Elcock’s personal strengths include organizational and communication skills, the ability to problem-solve using practical judgment, and a cooperative teamwork approach toward meeting client goals. 


Elizabeth Hutto, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Director of IHC Services

Carrie Harris, Vice President of Pathology Services

As HSRL’s VP of Path Services, Carrie manages all pathologists, pathology support staff and quality assurance auditors.  She coordinates HSRL’s pathology deliverables and deadlines for all clients. Her experience and background as a project manager, pathology coordinator and research associate in the preclinical scientific industry prepared her for her primary role managing these day-to-day operations for HSRL. She assigns tasks and manages workflow for staff pathologists and research associates, informs the Quality Assurance Unit of workload and deadlines, prepares cost estimates and communicates with clients regarding project status and project deadlines. Carrie is responsible for allocating the proper resources to ensure the quality and timeliness of projects and reports. Carrie attends several symposia each year, including Society of Toxicology, Society of Quality Assurance, Society of Toxicologic Pathology and the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Ed Galati, Vice President of Archiving Operations

Ed’s experience includes 23 years of archiving biological specimens for over 650 clients. He is in charge of scheduling client inspections and consulting with potential clients, arranging material pickups and transportation logistics worldwide, as well as evaluating equipment performance. In conjunction with HSRL’s Quality Assurance Unit, Ed maintains the archives’ Quality Control Program which includes writing, updating and adherence to SOPs. He performs and assists with the actual procedures of all aspects of the archiving process. He appraises and maintains all archives procedures and the working environment in a healthy and safe manner, in accordance with company policy and OSHA requirements. Ed hires and trains employees, and performs performance evaluations. He attends several symposia each year including: Society of Toxicology, Society of Toxicologic Pathology, Society of Experimental Biology, Society of Quality Assurance, American College of Toxicology, National Society for Histotechnology, American College of Veterinary Pathologists and American Society of Investigative Pathology.

Craig Zook, Laboratory Manager

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HSRL prides itself on providing exceptional service, but don't just take our word for it....
"Working with HSRL has been great and they have been a reliable partner for our histopathology needs for over a decade."


"Their veterinary pathologists are the best in the field.  They have a well-trained project management team that delivers pathology reports on time.  Besides all that, their administrative staff replies quickly with competitive project quotes, and they are willing to sharpen their pencil when our budget is tight!"

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