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Providing diagnostic services, applied research, and education programs

With the discovery of viral hemorrhagic septicemia in the Great Lakes, the VDL recognized a needs for facilities capable of providing the testing and research needed by the aquaculture industry. In 2007, we added to our staff Nicholas Phelps, a certified fish health inspector with a master's degree in aquaculture/fisheries. With his expertise, combined with well-developed diagnostic facilities and laboratory space to allow the holding of live fish, the VDL is now able to provide an unprecedented service to the region.

Through quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (Q-PCR) validation and surveillance, we are assisting the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Inspection Service to track and monitor disease in the fish population.

We also work closely with government agencies and veterinarians to offer the necessary diagnostic and export testing services for the state's aquaculture industry, hobbyists, and natural fisheries.

Services & Fees

Effective April 27, 2016                                  

Note: The $10 accession fee will NOT be applied to Aquaculture/Fisheries testing. All fees are in US $.

Specimen Requirements:

live fish

Shipping Container:

leakproof container

Coolant:
none
Fee:
94.50 per lot (up to 60 fish)
Days Tested:
M-W
Turnaround Time:
10 business days
Comments:

See the Aquaculture/Fisheries Submission Form for details on tests and pathogens. Does not include Renibacterium salmoninarum IFAT.

Specimen Requirements:

live or freshly dead fish

Shipping Container:

leakproof container or plastic bags

Coolant:
frozen gel packs
Fee:
204.00 per lot per cell line per temperature (60 fish)
Days Tested:
M-W
Turnaround Time:
14-21 days
Comments:

For larger lots, contact lab for information and pricing. 

Specimen Requirements:

1) whole fish 2) viscera

Shipping Container:

leakproof container

Coolant:
frozen gel packs
Fee:
5.25 per fish
Days Tested:
M-F
Turnaround Time:
1 bus. day
Comments:
Specimen Requirements:

Muscle tissue

Shipping Container:

Anything

Coolant:
Frozen gel pack or ice
Fee:
50.00
Days Tested:
Tuesday
Turnaround Time:
3 days, results reported Fridays
Comments:

Minimum of 1 gram of muscle tissue is needed.

Specimen Requirements:

fresh whole fish or muscle tissue

Shipping Container:

leakproof container

Coolant:
frozen gel packs
Fee:
1.00 per fish
Days Tested:
M-F
Turnaround Time:
1 bus. day
Comments:

Visual observation for standard regulatory inspection.

Specimen Requirements:

1) tissue 2) culture media

Shipping Container:

sterile container

Coolant:
frozen gel packs
Fee:
26.25
Days Tested:
as needed
Turnaround Time:
3-5 bus. days
Comments:

The specimen type(s) listed for this test will provide an adequate sample volume to conduct this test. If multiple tests are to be requested on a specimen, there may not be adequate sample volume to perform each test. Please submit an adequate sample volume to meet the requirements of each test.

Specimen Requirements:
Shipping Container:
Coolant:
Fee:
60.00 for up to 4 fish; 10.00 each additional fish (no accession fee)
Days Tested:
Turnaround Time:
Comments:
Specimen Requirements:

1) tissue 2) culture media

Shipping Container:

sterile container

Coolant:
frozen gel packs
Fee:
29.00
Days Tested:
as needed
Turnaround Time:
3-5 bus. days
Comments:

The specimen type(s) listed for this test will provide an adequate sample volume to conduct this test. If multiple tests are to be requested on a specimen, there may not be adequate sample volume to perform each test. Please submit an adequate sample volume to meet the requirements of each test.

Specimen Requirements:

1) tissue 2) culture media

Shipping Container:

sterile container

Coolant:
frozen gel packs
Fee:
10.50
Days Tested:
F
Turnaround Time:
7 bus. days
Comments:

RT-PCR or qRT-PCR. VHS Surveillance Study The specimen type(s) listed for this test will provide an adequate sample volume to conduct this test. If multiple tests are to be requested on a specimen, there may not be adequate sample volume to perform each test. Please submit an adequate sample volume to meet the requirements of each test.

Specimen Requirements:

tissue

Shipping Container:

plastic tube or plastic bag

Coolant:
frozen gel packs
Fee:
26.25 per cell line per temperature
Days Tested:
T-W
Turnaround Time:
14-21 days
Comments:

See Appendix A for a list of cell types used to isolate viruses.

Contact us

Alex Primus
primu012@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-2489

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
University of Minnesota
1333 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-1098

Phone: 612-625-8787
Toll Free: 800-605-8787
Fax: 612-624-8707

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