Accreditation

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

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is the official laboratory of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and as such is responsible for all testing of animal samples for interstate and international commerce. 

The laboratory is also a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) within the USDA. As an internal service organization within the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, the VDL provides testing services for research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, and many other agencies. 

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) maintains a Quality Management System that has successfully met the accreditation requirements of American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Inc. (AAVLD). This Quality System has been established to formalize the practices employed to meet the scope, mission and quality objectives of the VDL and it applies to all technical work conducted in the laboratory. 

The AAVLD accreditation standard requires an effective quality program, appropriate facilities and equipment qualification to support quality services, as well as policies and procedures that ensure that diagnosticians have the appropriate training and experience. Diagnostic services performed at the VDL meet specific technical requirements related to quality control and test qualification to ensure the quality of routine services.