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About VDL


University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is a national leader in providing rapid diagnosis of animal diseases, identifying emerging diseases, developing new diagnostic methods, and training diagnosticians and veterinarians. VDL is the official laboratory of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

Fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD), VDL provides quality diagnostic services covering necropsy, bacteriology, clinical chemistry, electron microscopy, serology, endocrinology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, virology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics and toxicology.

VDL serves the interests of the livestock and poultry industry, animal research scientists and educators, and companion animal owners and provides strong support to the state and national animal and human health system. 

Our Mission

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s mission is to protect and promote animal and human health through early detection and monitoring of animal diseases. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) fulfills its mission by identifying emerging diseases, timely reporting of test results, developing new diagnostic methods, and training diagnosticians, veterinarians and graduate students. The laboratory is a part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and serves as Minnesota’s only full service laboratory for animal health diagnosis. The VDL is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD).

Ensuring Sustainability for the VDL

VDL is Unsustainable for University of MN -
A Proposed Solution

Support Letter from the MN Board of Animal Health

List of Proficiency Tests

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Willmar Facility

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