Welcome to the DCPAH

The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH) is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory offering more than 800 tests in 11 service sections. In the more than 30 years since its inception, DCPAH has become one of the country's premier veterinary diagnostic laboratories, handling more than 220,000 cases involving approximately 1.5 million tests annually.

The Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health is an invaluable professional resource, making quality, trusted, and comprehensive veterinary diagnostics widely available. Income from the laboratory is reinvested in teaching, research, and outreach for the purpose of protecting human and animal welfare domestically and around the world.

Spring 2015 Newsletter
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The DCPAH quarterly newsletter for clients is back! It has a new look, a new name, and the same great content you've come to expect from our experts. Check out Diagnostic News for diagnostic- and disease-related information and articles for practitioners, and DCPAH business tips and updates for clinic staff.

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News & Announcements

Open Positions/Job Postings

Disruption in DCPAH's Website & Phones

Michigan Confirms H5N2 Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

Michigan Confirms CWD in Free-Ranging Deer

Canine Influenza Confirmed in Michigan

Anticoagulant Assays Available

Select Toxicology and Nutrition Assays Replaced by New Tests

Canine Influenza Update

Canine Influenza Virus

New Ocular Pathology Service

Information about Ebola Virus

Getting Your Samples to DCPAH via UPS

DCPAH Shipping Solutions - Now with UPS Overnight Delivery

Changes in Endocrinology Reference Ranges

Nutrition Feed-Label Analysis Assay Discontinued

White-nose Syndrome Confirmed in Bats in Michigan

New Client Education Resource: Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

Public Concerns about Dog Circovirus

Changes to Elements Reported in Three Mineral Profiles

Canine Circovirus Testing Available at DCPAH

TB Positive Feeder Heifer Traced From Saginaw to Arenac County

Pets & Poison Control: Making Your Home Safer

Full AAVLD Accreditation Extended to 2017

New Client Education Resource: Chronic Kidney Disease

Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases

MSU Reports Rare Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Puppy

Leptospirosis: What Every Dog Owner Should Know

MSU researchers link pet food, dog illnesses nationwide

MSU Grandparents University at DCPAH
DCPAH was excited to represent the College of Veterinary Medicine at the 2015 MSU Grandparents University program on June 30th. To view photos of the CSI Animal Detectives class, visit:

For more information on Grandparents University, see complete details at http://grandparents.msu.edu/.

Holiday Hours - July 3 & 4
Although Friday, 7/3 is a University holiday, DCPAH will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Essential staffing levels will be maintained to ensure that samples are received and that test set-up and reporting of results are not impacted. DCPAH will be closed and not accepting shipments on Saturday, 7/4. To avoid delay of your testing requests, please keep this in mind when shipping specimens. Have a safe and happy holiday!

New Margin Study Options
Effective July 1, 2015 DCPAH will be changing the options and pricing for margin studies of large tissues by expanding beyond the current maximum of "greater than 8 cm." The new tier will have separate prices for 8 to <10 cm, 10 to <12 cm, 12 to <14 cm, and >14 cm. Because of the low number of tissues larger than 8 cm submitted for margin studies, this will impact a relatively small number of cases. However, we are making this change to more accurately reflect the material and labor costs associated with these cases. Large tissues can require more than 150 slides.

As a reminder, DCPAH's Surgical Pathology service digitally photographs all tissues submitted for full margin evaluation before trimming. The histology technician then "draws" on the photos to indicate where each section of tissue is located. Knowing how the tissues are sectioned helps the pathologist assess the true surgical margins. In order to assist the submitting veterinarian in interpreting the results of margin evaluation, the photographs are attached to the case online with links available in WebView.

Toxicology Instrument Out of Service, Limited Assays Impacted
Due to unplanned equipment downtime in DCPAH's toxicology section, the following assays are temporarily unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our clients. Please contact us at 517.353.1683 for recommendations on alternative laboratories for your testing needs.

Assays impacted:
- Convulsants (70021 - Penitrem A and Roquefortin ONLY)
- Mycotoxins (70037 & 70036 - Quantification)
- Ionophores (70032 - Qualitative)
- Levetiracetam (Keppra) and Zonisamide serum quantitation

Avian Influenza
The ongoing outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has now affected more than 46 million domestic birds in 15 states as well as Ontario, Canada. Avian influenza viruses are classified into low and high pathogenicity forms based on the severity of illness they cause in poultry. Low pathogenicity (LPAI) causes sub-clinical disease, or at most mild clinical signs, while HPAI causes severe clinical signs and results in higher mortality rates.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the risk to people from these HPAI infections to be low. No human cases of these viruses have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally.

In response to the outbreak, many states have stopped bird movement. Michigan's state veterinarian announced on Monday, June 1 that 2015 poultry exhibitions are canceled throughout the state.

In addition to performing HPAI surveillance testing, MSU DCPAH has been working closely with state and national partners to ensure laboratory preparedness in the event of an outbreak in Michigan.

For more information on HPAI, resources are listed below:

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) - Avian Diseases

MDARD - Status of Avian Influenza in Michigan

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Avian Influenza

USDA - Update on Avian Influenza Findings
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American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
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