The search for a virus
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Airborne transmission determined in swine influenza
Research at four affected pig farms shows presence in air samples
Researchers develop first-of-its-kind PEDV test
A quick and cost-effective method to determine the presence of PEDV strains
The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) serves veterinarians, scientists, educators, companion animal owners, and the livestock and poultry industry by identifying and monitoring emerging diseases and developing new diagnostic methods.
Fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, the VDL provides quality diagnostic services for all animal species, including necropsy, bacteriology, clinical chemistry, electron microscopy, serology, endocrinology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, virology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics, and toxicology.
A national leader in protecting animal and human health, the full-service laboratories at the VDL performs some 1.4 million procedures annually.
As part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, the VDL trains future diagnosticians and veterinarians. The VDL is Minnesota’s only full-service laboratory for animal health diagnosis and is the official laboratory of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
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We will be closed on the following University holidays:
- 5/25/2015 -- Memorial Day (open for RUSH boar stud PCR testing ONLY)
- 7/3/2015 -- Independence Day -- Lab completely closed, no testing available
- 9/7/2015 -- Labor Day (open for RUSH boar stud PCR testing ONLY)
- 11/26/2015 -- Thanksgiving Day -- Lab completely closed, no testing available
- 12/25/2015 -- Christmas Day -- Lab completely closed, no testing available
- Upcoming Training at the VDL: On-Farm Culture Training (Lab for Udder Health)
- We have updated the Swine Health Test Chart and added an Additional Animal Information Sheet; please download and use the new forms. Please see the Tip sheet for information on using the new submission forms.
- If you own or are dealing with a poultry flock that has higher than normal mortality, depression or nervous signs, we recommend necropsy and testing for Avian Influenza. Please contact Dr. Rob Porter at 612-624-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. In some instances, cost of testing may be covered by the State.
- USDA Confirms H5N2 Avian Influenza in Commercial Turkey Flock in Minnesota
HPAI Situation Report - including maps
- NAHLN and ARM Helpful links:
USDA Antimicrobial Resistance information
USDA ARM Action Plan, gives indication of how the 2016 ARM funding would be used if approved by Congress.
Executive Actions including Press Release announcing ARM Initiative from the President.
- VDL now offering Equine Herpes Virus 1
- MVMA Dairy cows and the copper conundrum presentation by Dr. Jeremy Schefers
- Avian Influenza Findings
- Attention Equine Veterinarians - Electronic EIA Submissions to VDL
- USDA Confirms H5 Avian Infuenza in Washington State Wild Birds
- USDA Notes Progess on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Diseases since Federal Order
- 2015 Capital Request Veterinary Isolation Labs project summary
- University of Minnesota, Tufts University part of global workforce development against emerging pandemic threats article
- Animals and Ebola fact sheet
- Beginning Monday Sept 29th the PEDv/TGEv PCR will be replaced by the PEDv/PDCoV PCR. The reporting range is less than 35ct = positive, 35-40ct = suspect and greater than 40ct is negative. This test will be on the same schedule as the current PEDv/TGEv PCR - standard next day results. We will quit running TGE PCR daily. The TGEv PCR will be run Monday, Wednesdays and Friday. The price of the PEDv/PDCoV PCR is remaining the same - at $30.00.
- Effective immediately, serology will no longer offer Toxoplasma gondii latex agglutination test in serum samples of caprine, ovine, feline and swine species. The test kit has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Please contact us for information on which laboratories offer this test.
- Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) direct link
- SECD Situation report
- Distinct Characteristics and Complex Evolution of PEDV Strains, North America
- Managing and Reporting Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) via Minnesota Board of Animal Health
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