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.

Summer 2015 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.

Subscribe to Newsletter
Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 26 -- CLOSED
Friday, November 27 -- 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 28 -- Regular Saturday hours

During Friday's limited hours, 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.

Canine Influenza
Since the outbreak of H3N2 canine influenza virus (CIV) began in the Chicago area this spring, CIV has been confirmed in several other states including Georgia, New Jersey, and North Carolina. DCPAH and other laboratories are voluntarily contributing testing information to provide a more complete picture of H3N2 activity nationwide. This information is available through the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center. Canine influenza is a reportable disease in Michigan and any positive cases within the state must be reported to the State Veterinarian's office.

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)

Open Positions/Job Postings
The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for the following position(s). Michigan State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Job listings for both faculty and non-faculty positions are posted on the MSU Applicant Page (MAP).

Laboratory Technologist Supervisor (Posting # 9768) | Bacteriology | Closing Date: 12/1/15

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
AAVLD Fully accredited by the
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
through December 31, 2017
Be Green