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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 2018 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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Archives of past newsletters are still available.

Change in Assessment of T3 in Thyroid Testing
May 4, 2018 - The MSU VDL's thyroid testing will no longer include measurement of free T3. We will implement this change in late May/early June after our supply of reagent is depleted. The MSU VDL endocrinology laboratory will continue to assess T3, the active form of thyroid hormone, as total T3. This change will reduce the number of samples with insufficient volume for a complete thyroid profile and will contribute to our efforts to reduce radioactive waste generated by the laboratory. In anticipation of this adjustment to our thyroid profiles, the prices for those assays were minimally impacted by our fee increase in January.

Tick- and Other Vector-borne Diseases Increasing
A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on May 1, 2018 reveals a dramatic increase in the number of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, or fleas reported to the CDC from 2004-2016. In particular, the reported number of tick-borne diseases more than doubled and comprised 77% of all vector-borne disease reports.

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
- Anaplasama PCR
- Babesia canis IFA
- Babesia gibsoni IFA
- Babesia spp PCR
- Ehrlichia canis IFA
- Ehrlichia 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 & Cliniciansincludes 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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