About Us

Vet Path Services (VPS) was incorporated in April 2005 by Dr. Phil Long and Mr. Chris Johnson, who were joined by Ms. Sheree Lovelace in July 2005. VPS Archives was formed in January of 2006. Building on their previous experience in the pharmaceutical and CRO industries, they began their company in a 600 square foot laboratory in Cincinnati, OH. Within a year the company purchased and relocated to a 6,000 square foot facility in Mason, OH. The facility was renovated to include a state-of-the-art histology laboratory along with office space and a long-term archive. Within the next two years the company expanded the facility further, now comprising 13,300 square feet of dedicated office, laboratory, and archive space.

VPS’s continued success is due to our dedicated team with a reputation of providing excellent customer service, industry setting quality services, and meeting the most demanding timelines and expectations of our clients.

Our Executive Team

Phil Long (President) is a native of California. He received his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1979 and his PhD in pathology from the University of Georgia in 1984. Phil has been a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists since 1984. From 1984 to 2000 he was employed by The Procter & Gamble Company where he worked in human safety, toxicology, upstream discovery, and pharmaceutical clinical development. From 2000 to 2005 Phil worked for Pathology Associates International (PAI), a division of Charles River Laboratories.


Chris Johnson (Vice President) is a native of Virginia. He received his Master’s degree in Comparative Pathology from Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1999. Chris was employed as a Research Associate at Pathology Associates International (PAI) from 1998 to 1999; as a Division Manager at PAI from 1999 to 2002; and as a Division Manager at Charles River Laboratories from 2002 to 2005.


Sheree Lovelace (Director of Laboratory Operations) is a native of Ohio. She received her Associates Degree in Animal Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1984 and her certification in histology from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) in 1987. From 1986 to 1988, Sheree was employed by Pathology Associates International (PAI) (now a division of Charles River Laboratories), and trained and served in several roles over that time, including as a histology technician, necropsy technician, personnel administrator, and Quality Assurance specialist. From 1988 – 2005, Sheree served as the manager of the histology laboratory where she was responsible for the oversight of daily operations and the quality control unit, ensuring that personnel were properly trained, and that the laboratory was adequately staffed and operated within established GLP guidelines. Her managerial responsibilities also included oversight of all laboratory equipment and supplies, as well as assisting in the development and management of the laboratory budget. Sheree functioned as a technical consultant and as a Principal Investigator, and assisted in the development of cost proposals for large and/or technically challenging study designs.