Welcome to the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

The Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) 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, MSU VDL 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 MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory 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 2019 Newsletter
News Archives

Each issue of Diagnostic News, the MSU VDL quarterly newsletter for clients, offers diagnostic- and disease-related information and articles for practitioners, as well as VDL business tips and updates for clinic staff.

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Cortisol in Peripheral Blood - Serum Required
June 19, 2019 - For measurement of cortisol in peripheral blood, serum is the only acceptable sample type. In 2015 we transitioned our serum cortisol assay to a new method while maintaining our previous method for plasma samples. Effective July 8, 2019 we will no longer support that previous method and will not be able to measure cortisol on plasma samples. Moving forward, plasma will not be accepted for cortisol testing.

Our online test catalog will always have the current and correct specimen type, collection protocol, shipping requirements, and additional information. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

Spotlight on 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
- Anaplasma spp PCR
- Babesia canis IFA
- Babesia gibsoni IFA
- Babesia spp PCR
- Ehrlichia canis IFA
- Ehrlichia spp 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 2017 issue of our newsletter.

Our client education guide, Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases: Information for Pet Owners & Clinicians, 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.

For more information about vector-borne diseases in Michigan, see the Michigan Emerging Disease Issues website. Resources include the Michigan Zoonotic and Vector-Borne Disease Mapper.

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, 2022
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