Changes at the MPTL

August 3, 2017

Avian Pathologist

The MPTL welcomes Dr. Saad Gharaibeh. Dr. Gharaibeh graduated from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1996 and completed a PhD in Veterinary Pathology and Avian Medicine at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 2001. He is a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Prior to coming to Willmar, Dr. Gharaibeh was an assistant professor of avian histopathology at the University of Georgia and then a professor of avian diseases and veterinary pathology at Jordan University of Science and Technology. Dr. Gharaibeh is married and has three children.

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.

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.