News & Announcements
The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has partnered with United Parcel Services (UPS) to provide a more user friendly method for shipping your samples to the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. This new program provides a more consistent, reliable, and affordable shipping option to ensure your samples reach our lab in good condition. UPS is offering a discounted flat rate price, and improved package tracability including tracking and notification of receipt. Shipping labels are available on the VDL website or by contacting the lab.
The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is offering a duplex PCR test for the detection of Porcine Sapelovirus/Teschovirus beginning June 15, 2018. The test will be run on Fridays with a turn-around time of 5 days and the cost will be $45.00. Validated specimens include spinal cord, brain, serum, tissue homogenate, intestines, and feces. For more information about the test including sensitivity and specificity information please see the FACT SHEET.
Zoetis, USA has launched a USDA-approved ELISA kit for detection of antibodies to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Starting February 5, 2018, the UMN VDL began using this kit for PEDV ELISA testing. This kit replaces the Biovet ELISA kit that was previously used.
This panel includes a turkey-specific qPCR (will not detect chicken Reovirus) and 2 types of viral isolation (using egg inoculation and cell lines). We expect to isolate virus from any sample with an initial positive PCR result. An initial negative PCR result, however, will require confirmation via isolation results to be confident in the results of the assay.
The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory now offers a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) differentiation Real-Time PCR test. This test can distinguish between the virulent and the less severe variant strain of PEDV. The cost of the test is $31 per sample (plus $10 accession fee) and the test is run on Fridays. Results are available in 5 business days.
VDL Identifies Pathogen Responsible for Several Mass Mortality Events of Wild Fish in MN
Beginning Tuesday November 14, 2017, the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will be offering a duplex PCR test for PCV2/PCV3. This test will replace the PCV2 test. The Universal PCV test offered by the UMN VDL detects PCV 1 and 2 (but will not differentiate between 1 and 2), while this new duplex detects PCV 2 and 3 (and differentiates between the two types).
Please see the factsheet for more information about this new test.
In July 2017, a type 2 North American strain of porcine reporoductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRSV-NA) was identified by indirect ELISA and RT-PCR in sows from 5 premises in Uruguay.
VDL faculty are among the authors of a longitudinal study on Senecavirus A shedding in the journal BMC Veterinary Research. The study found that while vesicular lesions had the highest concentration of virus, virus was detected on rectal and tonsil swabs for longer periods of up to six weeks.