Bacterial name changes
The genus names of some common and less common bacteria have been changed over the past few years (see table). We are revising our reporting of the bacteria to be consistent with this updated international nomenclature. Learn more
New USDA requirements for sample submission for equine infectious Anemia (EIA) testing
According to Veterinary Services Memo VSG 15201.1, there have been some changes in the requirements for laboratories performing EIA testing and to maintain approval to conduct this testing. More details could be found here
Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal neurological disease seen in deer and other cervids such as elk. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administers a program to control and test for CWD. Some areas of the state are designated as mandatory testing areas, while other areas are considered voluntary testing areas. Samples from hunted deer in voluntary testing areas can be tested at the UMN VDL. CWD Testing, CWD Submissions to the VDL
US on Alert for Foreign Animal Diseases in Swine
After several findings of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China and Europe, and Classical Swine Fever (CSF or Hog Cholera) in Japan, US animal health officials are on alert for the occurrence of foreign animal diseases in swine. The USDA has developed prevention guidelines for the swine industry and is posting updates on the ASF situation on its website. More Information and Resources, ASF/CSF Surveillance Program Launch June 1, 2019
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.