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St. Paul facility

Saint Paul Facility

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is located on the corner of Gortner and Commonwealth Avenues on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. The laboratory receiving area and client parking are on Gortner Avenue.

Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
1333 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Regular business hours    

Monday - Friday
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

Holiday schedule

Parking

  • Temporary parking for VDL clients is available at the VDL building, under the walkover.
  • Gortner Avenue Ramp
  • Meters are located on Fitch Avenue

Accessibility

  • Handicap accessible via east side
  • Elevator
  • Adapted restrooms

After hours submissions

After hours submissions

Saturday Deliveries (UPS & FedEx)

Although we aren’t open for testing, you can still ship your samples to us for Saturday delivery. We’ll have someone here to make sure they’re stored correctly until we can process them on Monday morning.

Please use either FedEx or UPS. We do not recommend using the United States Postal Service for diagnostic samples.

Please ship to:
Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
1333 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Use our new UPS Shipping Program to print your own label from home!

Evening and weekend drop-offs

Evening and weekend drop-offs

Samples may be submitted anytime outside of regular VDL business hours at the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC):

Veterinary Medical Center
1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

The VMC is open 24/7 and will refrigerate your samples until we collect them at the start of the following business day. Please be sure to bring a completed VDL submission form with your samples when you drop off after hours. This will help us expedite your case.

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Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory-Wilmar Facility

The Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory (MPTL) is a satellite laboratory located in Willmar, Minnesota. We provide disease surveillance for the poultry industry and perform all the of the testing required for Minnesota's National Poultry Improvement Plan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory
622 Business Hwy 71 NE
Willmar, MN 56201

Regular business hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

Holiday schedule

The Poultry Testing Lab does not accept after-hours sample delivery.

Courier Service

Courier Service

Beginning Monday July 24, 2017 the MPTL began a daily courier service (M-F) to the UM-VDL in St. Paul.  Samples, culture plates and other specimens for testing at the UM-VDL in St. Paul must arrive at the MPTL by 9:00 am for same day delivery.  Shipments will arrive at the UM-VDL early afternoon for same day processing. Samples arriving after 9:00 am will be sent the next day, samples/specimens arriving after 9:00 am on Friday will be stored and sent on Monday.  This timeline will enable MPTL staff to assign case numbers in the VDL-LIMS before being sent. There will be no cost to poultry producers or veterinarians for this service, please take advantage of it.

PCR testing

PCR testing

The MPTL has added PCR testing to the lab. The lab currently does PCR testing for Mycoplasma gallisepticum, iowae, meleagridis and synoviae. The St. Paul location no longer conducts these PCR tests and all testing will be sent to the MPTL. In addition Avian pneumovirus (APV) testing will also be done exclusively at the MPTL location.