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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News & Announcements

Open Position - Endocrinology

New Confirmed Cases of Strangles in Michigan

Temporary Change to Companion Animal Susceptibility Panels

MSU VDL Hosts Grandparents University Class

First Case of CWD Suspected in Jackson County

Additional Confirmed Strangles Cases in Michigan for 2018

Change in Assessment of T3 in Thyroid Testing

New Antimicrobial Susceptibility Panels for Companion Animals

Third Confirmed Strangles Case in Michigan for 2018

Coxiella burnetti Infections in Michigan Sheep & Goats

MSU VDL Spring/Summer Holiday Hours

Second Confirmed Strangles Case in Michigan for 2018

First Confirmed Case of EHV-1 EHM for 2018 in Michigan

Dog Food Products Withdrawn Due to Potential Contamination

Dedicated Phone Number for MSU VDL Clients Using UPS

Fructosamine Temporarily Unavailable

Canine Influenza Testing & Information

Test Method Now Included on Reports

New Fees in Effect

More Deer Suspected Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

MSU VDL Fully Accredited through 2022

New Sample Size Required for BVD PCR - Ear Testing

DCPAH to Become the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Bovine TB Interferon Gamma Assay Temporarily Suspended

FDA Alert: Potential Presence of Thyroid Hormones in Pet Foods

DCPAH Faculty Awarded AKC Canine Health Foundation Grant

Ascorbic Acid & Fatty Acid Profile Temporarily Discontinued

Visit Our Team at AVMA Convention 2018
The MSU VDL will be in the exhibit hall at AVMA Convention 2018 in Denver, CO. If you'll be there too, please stop by booth #628 to meet the people behind the testing you and your clients rely on.

Ask us questions. Give us feedback. Pick up informational materials and giveaways. While you're there, ask us how to get a free (yes, FREE) overnight shipping label so delivery for your next submission is on us!

We receive great ideas when we have the opportunity to interact with clients face-to-face. We'd love to meet you.

AVMA Convention 2018
Denver, CO | July 13-17, 2018 | Exhibits July 14-16, 2018
Booth 628

In Attendance:
Rachel Reams, DVM, PhD, DACVP, MSU VDL director
Kent Refsal, DVM, PhD, endocrinologist
Rebecca Smedley, DVM, DACVP, pathologist and biopsy coordinator

Reminder: Spring/Summer Holiday Hours
Please remember that the MSU VDL will be impacted by the Fourth of July holiday. See below for more on the MSU VDL's spring/summer holiday hours.

The MSU VDL will be closed on the spring/summer holidays listed below due to lack of U.S. Mail and commercial delivery service (UPS, FedEx, DHL). To avoid delay of your testing requests, please keep this in mind when shipping specimens. For advice on shipping time or temperature sensitive samples around these holidays, please contact the laboratory.

Memorial Day - May 28, 2018 (Monday)
Fourth of July - July 4, 2018 (Wednesday)
Labor Day - September 3, 2018 (Monday)

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

Thank you for choosing the MSU VDL for your veterinary diagnostic needs. We wish you safe and happy holidays!

Free T3 Removed from Thyroid Profiles
June 4, 2018 - Effective today, 6/4/2018, the MSU VDL's thyroid testing will no longer include measurement of free T3. 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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