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.

Fall 2017 Newsletter
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Dedicated Phone Number for MSU VDL Clients Using UPS
Attention UPS users! We now have a dedicated telephone number for our clients to streamline getting your VDL packages picked up. Simply call 1-800-823-7459 and you will be contacted with a UPS representative. You will be asked for the tracking number as well as pick up information (e.g. clinic name, address, and what time your package will be ready).

If UPS comes to your clinic on a daily basis you may also give the package to your UPS driver or drop it off at any UPS location--whatever works best for you! Search for the site closest to you here: https://www.ups.com/dropoff.

For more information on using our shipping solutions with UPS overnight return delivery, please see:

- Instructions for Biopsy Mailer
- Instructions for Insulated Mailer
- Instructions for Small Mailer

Dog Food Products Withdrawn Due to Potential Contamination
On Friday, February 16, 2018, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert for pet owners about potential pentobarbital contamination in canned dog food manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company, including certain Gravy Train, Kibble 'N Bits, Ol' Roy, and Skippy products. The FDA is investigating potential contamination with the barbiturate pentobarbital, most commonly used in animals as a sedative, anesthetic, or for euthanasia.

Fast Facts from the FDA:

The FDA is alerting pet owners about potential pentobarbital contamination in certain canned dog foods manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company.

After learning about positive pentobarbital results in certain cans of Gravy Train dog food, J.M. Smucker initiated a withdrawal of various canned dog food products from its Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol' Roy, and Skippy brands.

The FDA's preliminary evaluation of the testing results of Gravy Train samples indicates that the low level of pentobarbital present in the withdrawn products is unlikely to pose a health risk to pets. However, pentobarbital should never be present in pet food and products containing any amount of pentobarbital are considered to be adulterated.

The FDA is monitoring for reports of any pet illnesses associated with pentobarbital contamination in these products. Consumers can report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.

Pet owners who think their pets may be ill from eating food contaminated with pentobarbital should contact their veterinarians.

Please see the FDA's alert for more details and updates.

Test Method Now Included on Reports
We have added the test method used to perform assays to the test name printed on reports. Because of space constraints, these methods have been abbreviated. While many of these abbreviations will be familiar, some may not. For transparency and to assist our clients, we have added a new guide for reading reports. For more information, please see Reading Reports: MSU VDL Method Abbreviations.
AAVLD Fully accredited by the
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
through December 31, 2022
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