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.
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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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
We make every effort to price our services fairly and competitively for our clients and have never charged an accession or out-of-state fee for any service.
To make this transition as seamless as possible, we are making the new fee schedule available in advance. Our current fee schedule is also available (see Fee Schedule in the left-hand navigation) and our test catalog still reflects current prices. These prices will apply to all samples collected prior to January 1. The new prices will appear in the test catalog when they go into effect.
Thank you for continuing to choose DCPAH for your diagnostic testing needs. We look forward to helping you protect the health of the animals you serve in the coming year.
December & January Holiday Hours
Thursday, December 24 -- 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday, December 25 -- CLOSED
Saturday, December 26 -- Regular Saturday hours
Thursday, December 31 -- 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday, January 1 -- CLOSED
Saturday, January 2 -- Regular Saturday hours
During limited hours on Thursday 12/24 and 12/31, building access and Client Service telephone lines will be available and our Receiving/Order Entry staff will be working to ensure your incoming specimens are handled promptly and efficiently. Please note that this will impact test schedules throughout the lab.
Thank you for choosing the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!
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)