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.

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News & Announcements

Grandparents University at DCPAH

Holiday Hours - July 4th

Ascorbic Acid & Fatty Acid Profile Temporarily Discontinued

Elizabethkingia anopheles Bacterium

Sample Submission for Cortisol

Lead Toxicosis & Animal Health

New Fees in Effect January 1st

New Margin Study Options

Michigan Confirms H5N2 Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

Avian Influenza

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

Instrument Out of Service - Limited Assays Impacted
Due to unplanned equipment downtime, the following nutrition and toxicology mineral analysis assays are temporarily unavailable. Our staff is actively working with our service provider to resolve the issue. We anticipate that clients will receive results for all cases received by August 29 by end of day Thursday, September 1. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our clients.

Mineral Analysis Assays Impacted:

Electrolyte & Primary Trace Nutrient Panel (50702)

Iodine: Inorganic, Serum (50247); Total, Serum (50246); Feed (50249); Milk (50251); Other (50250); Tissue (50248)

Minerals, Fixed Tissue (50255)

Minerals, Tissue (50254)

Primary Trace Nutrient Panel (50701)

Selenium: Feed (50201); Other (50205); Serum (50203); Whole Blood (50204)

Toxic Elements, Whole Blood (70200)

Holiday Hours - Monday, September 5
DCPAH will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 5. We will be open for regular Saturday hours on September 3. To avoid delay of your testing requests, please keep this in mind when shipping specimens.

The Clinical Pathology laboratory, located in the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC), will be open on Labor Day from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to help support the VMC's 24/7/365 service.

Thank you for choosing DCPAH for your veterinary diagnostic needs. Have a safe and happy holiday!

The Buzz on Zika Virus
For the first time ever, the CDC has issued a travel warning for within the United States. This warning is due to the identification of active Zika virus infections linked to transmission by native mosquitos in Florida. Human cases of Zika virus have been identified in 45 of the 48 States in the Continental U.S., most linked to travel to countries such as Brazil or Puerto Rico. The biggest concern is the risk of microencephaly and other effects in babies born to infected mothers. What concerns should veterinarians or animal owners have in regard to pets or livestock?

To date, Zika virus does not appear to pose any risk to animal health. There is also no evidence that animals are involved in the spread of the virus. Nonhuman primates have been known to become infected from the virus, but, like humans, these infections are generally very mild and often cause no clinical signs. Thus far, there have been no reports of livestock or pets showing signs of illness from exposure to Zika. Studies and research on animal populations and Zika virus have not yet been completed or published.

While it has been reported that Zika is in the same family as viruses known to cause illness in animals--such as Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD), and Classical Swine Fever (CSF)--it is important to note that the viruses are genetically distinct and biologically quite different.

In the United States, routine testing, as well as targeted surveillance programs using USDA approved and established protocols, help identify West Nile, BVD, or suspect CSF infections. The Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH) is part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) and routinely participates in surveillance screening for CSF and other agents. DCPAH and other NAHLN laboratories exist to protect the health of animals and humans (in the case of zoonotic pathogens) from current and emerging threats. If a new disease occurs in animal populations, tests are developed and validated quickly as part of the response. Existing infrastructure, equipment, and professional expertise make DCPAH a ready ally in the fight against emerging diseases.

Useful links:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika and Animals

State of Michigan, Zika Virus Information for Michigan Residents

View Webinar Recordings on Our New Media Channel
Learn about new trends, techniques, and topics relevant to veterinary diagnostics. Videos feature faculty and experts from DCPAH. Our first video, a recording of the first webinar in our new CE Series, is now available. Visit our Veterinary Diagnostic Insights media channel to view the recording of Equine Endocrine Testing, presented by Lisa Tadros, DVM, PhD, DACVIM. You can also access the Webinar Questions & Answers document for Dr. Tadros's responses to questions that were posed in the session.

Canine Influenza
08/07/2015 - 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)
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