About Us

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is a national leader in providing rapid diagnosis of animal diseases, identifying emerging diseases, developing new diagnostic methods, and training diagnosticians and veterinarians.

Minnesota’s only full service laboratory for animal health diagnosis

The VDL is the official laboratory of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health

The laboratory is a part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and serves as Minnesota’s only full service laboratory for animal health diagnosis.

The VDL is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

What we do

The VDL provides quality diagnostic services, including necropsy, bacteriology, clinical chemistry, electron microscopy, serology, endocrinology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, virology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics, and toxicology.

The VDL serves the interests of the livestock and poultry industry, animal research scientists and educators, and companion animal owners. We provide strong support to the state and national animal and human health system.

Business hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST
After Hours Submissions: See delivery options on the Shipping Guidelines page. 

Our mission

The VDL’s mission is to protect and promote animal and human health through early detection and monitoring of animal diseases.

We fulfill our mission by:

  • identifying emerging diseases
  • timely reporting of test results
  • developing new diagnostic methods
  • training diagnosticians, veterinarians and graduate students.