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Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
University of Minnesota
1333 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-1098

nmdl@umn.edu

Phone: 612-625-8787
Toll Free: 800-605-8787
Fax: 612-624-8707

Submission form

Updated January 28, 2016

The Equine Neuromuscular and Genetics Diagnostic Laboratory is dedicated to providing the most accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment of muscle disorders in horses. We offer genetic and muscle biopsy testing for a variety of diseases.

Genetic Testing

  • Polysaccharide storage myopathy
    • Type 1 PSSM causes muscle soreness and tying up in over 20 breeds.
    • Type 2 PSSM can cause similar symptoms to type 1 and is more common in warmblood breeds. A muscle biopsy is required to diagnose type 2 PSSM. If a horse is N/N for the type 1 PSSM genetic test but is showing signs of muscle pain, a muscle biopsy may help to identify another muscle disorder.
  • Malignant hyperthermia (MH)
    • Malignant hyperthermia occurs in quarter horses and paints and can cause signs of tying up, elevated body temperature, sweating, and anesthetic reactions. It can occur together with type 1 PSSM giving particularly severe signs of tying up.

Please see submission information for genetic testing. 

For clinical information on equine neuromuscular diseases, visit The Equine Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory website

For information on equine genetic research, visit The Equine Genetics and Genomics Laboratory website

 

Muscle Biopsy Testing

As of December 21, 2015, muscle biopsy testing will no longer be offered at the University of Minnesota and will transition with Dr. Valberg to Michigan State University beginning January 4, 2016.

Submission information at Michigan State

Services & Fees

Effective January 28, 2016

Note:  The $10 accession fee will NOT be applied to neuromuscular testing.  All fees are in US $.

Note on days tested and turnaround times: Samples must be received at least one business day before the scheduled testing day. New client accounts can take up to 2-3 business days to establish before testing can begin. Samples may not always be tested on the first scheduled day after they arrive, but testing will usually be completed within the posted turnaround time. If rush testing is desired, please contact us.

Specimen Requirements:

1) 3-7 ml whole blood 2) 20 hair roots

Shipping Container:

1) EDTA tube 2) sealed envelope or zip lock bag

Coolant:
1) frozen gel packs 2) none
Fee:
65.00
Days Tested:
W
Turnaround Time:
7-14 bus. days
Comments:

Results reported on Fridays.  Samples should be received by the previous Tuesday. 

Specimen Requirements:

1) 3-7 ml whole blood 2) 20 hair roots

Shipping Container:

1) EDTA tube 2) sealed envelope or zip lock bag

Coolant:
1) frozen gel packs 2) none
Fee:
65.00
Days Tested:
W
Turnaround Time:
7-14 bus. days
Comments:

Results reported on Mondays. Samples should be received by the previous Tuesday. See the Equine Neuromuscular home page for more information on submitting for this test.