EIA new testing regulations

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. More details could be found here.

Important point to note are:

The kit manufacturer of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae ELISA (aka-DAKO) has informed us that these kits will be on back order until March 2020.

In order to continue this service and not run out of kits before March 2020, we would like to conserve these kits. Hence, we have decided to run M. hyopneumoniae ELISA on Wednesdays and Fridays every week. 

This will not affect running Mycoplasma Idexx ELISA every day.

Please call us regarding any questions about this test.

Type of assay: Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Purpose of the assay: To detect Reovirus in turkey and chicken samples

Species: Turkey and chicken

Specimens: Tendon, feces, egg yolk, and cell culture. Other sample types can be tested but have not been validated in our laboratory and will be reported with a disclaimer.

Cost: $35

Turn Around Time: PCR will be reported within 1 business day of testing which will take place on Fridays

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.

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.


public art at MPTL

As a part of the renovation project at the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in Willmar MN, a public art display was installed. The University of Minnesota spends a percentage of the budget of state funded projects on public art (as defined in MN statute 16B.35).

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