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.
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Grandparents University at DCPAH
Holiday Hours - July 4th
Ascorbic Acid & Fatty Acid Profile Temporarily Discontinued
Elizabethkingia anopheles Bacterium
Sample Submission for Cortisol
Lead Toxicosis & Animal Health
New Fees in Effect January 1st
New Margin Study Options
Michigan Confirms H5N2 Avian Influenza in Wild Birds
Michigan Confirms CWD in Free-Ranging Deer
Canine Influenza Confirmed in Michigan
Select Toxicology and Nutrition Assays Replaced by New Tests
Canine Influenza Update
Canine Influenza Virus
New Ocular Pathology Service
Getting Your Samples to DCPAH via UPS
DCPAH Shipping Solutions - Now with UPS Overnight Delivery
White-nose Syndrome Confirmed in Bats in Michigan
New Client Education Resource: Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs
Public Concerns about Dog Circovirus
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
The Clinical Pathology laboratory, located in the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC), will be open on Labor Day from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to help support the VMC's 24/7/365 service.
Thank you for choosing DCPAH for your veterinary diagnostic needs. Have a safe and happy holiday!
The Buzz on Zika Virus
To date, Zika virus does not appear to pose any risk to animal health. There is also no evidence that animals are involved in the spread of the virus. Nonhuman primates have been known to become infected from the virus, but, like humans, these infections are generally very mild and often cause no clinical signs. Thus far, there have been no reports of livestock or pets showing signs of illness from exposure to Zika. Studies and research on animal populations and Zika virus have not yet been completed or published.
While it has been reported that Zika is in the same family as viruses known to cause illness in animals--such as Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD), and Classical Swine Fever (CSF)--it is important to note that the viruses are genetically distinct and biologically quite different.
In the United States, routine testing, as well as targeted surveillance programs using USDA approved and established protocols, help identify West Nile, BVD, or suspect CSF infections. The Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH) is part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) and routinely participates in surveillance screening for CSF and other agents. DCPAH and other NAHLN laboratories exist to protect the health of animals and humans (in the case of zoonotic pathogens) from current and emerging threats. If a new disease occurs in animal populations, tests are developed and validated quickly as part of the response. Existing infrastructure, equipment, and professional expertise make DCPAH a ready ally in the fight against emerging diseases.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika and Animals
State of Michigan, Zika Virus Information for Michigan Residents
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Because signs of many infectious respiratory diseases are similar, diagnostic testing is needed to identify the specific cause of illness. DCPAH recommends testing for the most common causes of respiratory diseases in dogs with our canine respiratory disease panel (test # 80984) or the core panel plus (test # 80985) if distemper is also suspected. Although influenza is not part of these panels, we will include it by request for a nominal additional charge. Please indicate on the submittal form if influenza is suspected. PCR testing for CIV alone is also available. Please call us at 517.353.1683 for more information regarding collection protocol, pricing, or other questions.
Dogs can shed viral and bacterial pathogens that cause infectious respiratory diseases during the incubation stage before showing any clinical signs. Testing within the first few days of illness is very important because this shedding is rather limited in duration.
We have also developed a guide to help clinicians educate pet owners about canine influenza. Canine Influenza: Answers for Pet Owners addresses frequently asked questions and can be printed for use in clinics. Contact us to request printed copies.
For additional information, please see the resources below:
Canine Influenza FAQ (AVMA) Canine Influenza Reference for Veterinarians (AVMA) Canine Influenza: Pet Owners' Guide (AVMA)