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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 2017 Newsletter
News Archives

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.

Archives of our past DCPAHealth News are still available.

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Holiday Hours - 4th of July
The MSU VDL will be closed on Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4. To avoid delay of your testing requests, please keep this in mind when shipping specimens.

The Clinical Pathology laboratory, located in the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC), will be open on July 4 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to help support the VMC's 24/7/365 service.

Thank you for choosing us for your veterinary diagnostic needs. Have a safe and happy holiday!

DCPAH to Become the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
We are changing our name! We will still be the same laboratory trusted by veterinarians for over 40 years, but we will have a new name. Effective June 1, 2017, we will be the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. In addition, we were recently promoted to a Level 1 NAHLN laboratory. Read more about these exciting developments in the new issue of our newsletter, Diagnostic News.

You will begin seeing our new logo and name on documents and in our facility in June. We aim to make this process as seamless as possible for our clients, but we appreciate your patience as we work to complete this transition.

Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases
Ticks and tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever pose a health risk to humans and various species of livestock and companion animals. The MSU VDL offers several diagnostic options for veterinary practitioners. These include:

- Anaplasma phagocytophilum IFA
- Anaplasama PCR
- Babesia canis IFA
- Babesia gibsoni IFA
- Babesia spp PCR
- Ehrlichia canis IFA
- Ehrlichia PCR
- Equine Tick Core Panel
- Lyme IFA
- Lyme PCR
- Rickettsia rickettsii IFA
- Rickettsia PCR
- Tick-Borne Disease Antibody Screen
- Tick Identification
- Tick PCR

To learn more about tick seasonality and removal, submitting ticks for identification and/or testing, and available diagnostic options, please see the article in the spring issue of our newsletter.

We have also updated our guide, Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases: Information for Pet Owners & Clinicians. It includes quick tick facts, resources for additional information, and resources specifically for our Michigan clients. This and other guides for pet owners are available in our client education library.

As always, if you have questions, need help ordering tests, or want more information on testing, please call the laboratory. We enjoy the opportunity to talk with our clients!
AAVLD Fully accredited by the
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
through December 31, 2017
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