• African Swine Fever in the news

    University of Minnesota helps prevent African Swine Fever from reaching U.S.

    Pork prices are expected to rise as African Swine Fever sweeps across China. Worried that the U.S. could be next, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is putting a defensive plan in place with the University of Minnesota on the front lines.

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  • The VDL eStore is coming soon!

    Soon ALL neuromuscular submissions will be accepted ONLY through the VDL Online Store:

    * Equine Malignant Hyperthermia (MH)

    * Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM)

    * Canine Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)



  • Sample type for detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae

    On this page, you will find a series of videos showing how to collect samples to be used for detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniaeLearn more

  • CWD Testing

    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

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.