College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory


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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


In need of animal care?

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center serves the community through its small animal hospitallarge animal hospital, and Leatherdale Equine Center


Holiday Schedule 

We will be closed on the following University holidays:

  • 9/7/15 -- Labor Day (open for RUSH boar stud PRRS and PED PCR only).   Avian Influenza - technician on call for emergency testing only.
  • 11/26/2015 -- Thanksgiving Day  -- Lab completely closed, no testing available
  • 12/25/2015 -- Christmas Day  -- Lab completely closed, no testing available



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  • Last modified on June 19, 2015