College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory


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    Molecular Diagnostics Staff prepare for the return of Avian Influenza

    The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory was central to the response to avian influenza in the spring of 2015.

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    Personnel changes in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

    There have been some exciting new changes in personnel at the VDL

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    Seneca Valley Virus

    Dr. Doug Marthaler, Dr. Fabio Vannucci and Jan Shivers are working at the VDL to unravel the mysteries of this virus. 

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    Technology assists ID of bacteria

    Staff in the Bacteriology Laboratory and the Laboratory for Udder Health use the MALDI-TOF to help speed identification of bacterial isolates.

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    FY15 Procedures by species

    The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory conducted over 1.3 million procedures in fiscal year 2015.

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The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) serves veterinarians, scientists, educators, companion animal owners, and the livestock and poultry industry by identifying and monitoring emerging diseases and developing new diagnostic methods.

Fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, the VDL provides quality diagnostic services for all animal species, including necropsy, bacteriology, clinical chemistry, electron microscopy, serology, endocrinology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, virology, parasitology, molecular diagnostics, and toxicology.

A national leader in protecting animal and human health, the full-service laboratories at the VDL performs some 1.4 million procedures annually.

As part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, the VDL trains future diagnosticians and veterinarians. The VDL is Minnesota’s only full-service laboratory for animal health diagnosis and is the official laboratory of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health


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  • Last modified on November 5, 2015