VDL clients are currently experiencing shipping delays, for packages sent to and from the lab. Because most shipments are time sensitive, we recommend the following shipping practices to avoid problems. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

For samples sent to the VDL:

The University of Minnesota is seeking to hire two full-time Healthcare Professionals to work in the Bacteriology and Molecular Diagnostic laboratories at the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in Willmar, MN (622 Business Hwy 71 NE). Please review job duties, qualifications and apply online at

Please refer to job IDs 342082 and 342083

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will start offering another ELISA test for detection of antibodies to Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in serum samples of pigs. The test is “CIVTEST SUIS MHYO” available from Hipra Laboratories, Spain.  The test will cost $10 for each sample and will be offered starting Wednesday, June 3, 2021.

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

The test will be unavailable until further notice.

Mycoplasma Idexx ELISA will be run everyday as per the schedule.

Please call us regarding any questions about this test.

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:

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