CWD Testing 2018
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.
World Rabies Day 2018
World Rabies Day is September 28, 2018. The purpose of World Rabies Day is to raise awareness about a preventable disease that still kills tens of thousands of people world-wide each year.
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.
VDL Partners with UPS for Shipping Program
UMN VDL offers Turkey Reovirus panel
The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is now ofering a turkey reovirus panel consisting of a RT-PCR and Reovirus isolation.
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.