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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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Webinar: Equine Endocrine Testing
Wednesday | April 27, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. EDT
(6:00 p.m. CDT, 5:00 MDT, 4:00 PDT)

Equine endocrine diseases are commonly encountered in the primary care setting, yet they can be challenging to diagnose and manage. Strategies for diagnostic testing continually evolve as understanding of disease pathophysiology improves and new tests are developed. When test results and clinical presentation are incongruent, the clinician must decide how best to utilize these tools to manage cases. In this presentation, we will discuss general principles of endocrine testing, followed by specific testing strategies for several clinical situations in geriatric, adult, and neonatal horses. In addition to current diagnostic test recommendations for Equine Metabolic Syndrome and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, topics will include thyroid dysfunction and calcium disorders. We will also explore how to utilize endocrine tests to guide treatment decisions.

Presenter: Lisa Tadros, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Endocrinologist, Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

The webinar is free but registration is required. Register online now.

Please submit any questions to: chapinco@dcpah.msu.edu

Elizabethkingia anopheles Bacterium
The bacterium connected to human cases of illnesses and deaths in the Midwest (Wisconsin and Michigan), Elizabethkingia anopheles, is not currently known to cause illness in animals. Elizabethkingia anopheles is easily culturable in the laboratory and can be identified using a combination of biochemical and molecular based methods.

Canine Influenza
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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