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.
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Toxicology Assays Available
MSU Grandparents University at DCPAH
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
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
Job listings for both faculty and non-faculty positions are posted on the MSU Applicant Page (MAP).
- Instructor/Resident (Posting # 1376) | Nutrition and Toxicology | Open Until Filled
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