9/21/2021  CWD IHC Testing DelayThere is currently a testing delay due to a shortage of raw materials.  Normally, turn around time for CWD is approximately 3 -6 weeks.  This will now be longer for an undefined period of time.

VDL Test Fees Update: Please click here for more information.

COVID-19 updates: Changes to Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory services including facility hours, administrative support, and testing times. Learn more

6/1/2021  Please note: EIC, PSSM, and MH testing are all currently suspended until further notice.

  • 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. Learn more.


  • CWD Testing

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administers a program to control and test for CWD, a fatal neurological disease seen in deer and other cervids such as elk. Samples from hunted deer in voluntary testing areas can be tested at the UMN VDL. CWD TestingCWD 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. Learn more


Our mission is to protect and promote animal and human health through early detection and monitoring of animal diseases.

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.

About the VDL

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Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST

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