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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.

Summer 2016 Newsletter
News Archives

The DCPAH quarterly newsletter for clients is back! It has a new look, a new name, and the same great content you've come to expect from our experts. Check out Diagnostic News for diagnostic- and disease-related information and articles for practitioners, and DCPAH business tips and updates for clinic staff.

Archives of our past DCPAHealth News are still available.

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News & Announcements

08-Aug-16
The Buzz on Zika Virus

27-May-16
Ascorbic Acid & Fatty Acid Profile Temporarily Discontinued

29-Apr-16
View Webinar Recordings on Our New Media Channel

30-Mar-16
Elizabethkingia anopheles Bacterium

03-Mar-16
Sample Submission for Cortisol

11-Feb-16
Lead Toxicosis & Animal Health

17-Dec-15
New Fees in Effect January 1st

17-Jun-15
New Margin Study Options

08-Jun-15
Michigan Confirms H5N2 Avian Influenza in Wild Birds

05-Jun-15
Avian Influenza

26-May-15
Michigan Confirms CWD in Free-Ranging Deer

21-May-15
Canine Influenza Confirmed in Michigan

30-Apr-15
Select Toxicology and Nutrition Assays Replaced by New Tests

13-Apr-15
Canine Influenza Update

08-Apr-15
Canine Influenza Virus

29-Jan-15
New Ocular Pathology Service

22-Jul-14
Getting Your Samples to DCPAH via UPS

26-Jun-14
DCPAH Shipping Solutions - Now with UPS Overnight Delivery

10-Apr-14
White-nose Syndrome Confirmed in Bats in Michigan

10-Jan-14
New Client Education Resource: Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs

22-Nov-13
Public Concerns about Dog Circovirus

03-Oct-13
Canine Circovirus Testing Available at DCPAH

16-Sep-13
TB Positive Feeder Heifer Traced From Saginaw to Arenac County

11-Mar-13
Pets & Poison Control: Making Your Home Safer

11-Jan-13
Full AAVLD Accreditation Extended to 2017

27-Dec-12
New Client Education Resource: Chronic Kidney Disease

19-Sep-12
Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases

29-Aug-12
MSU Reports Rare Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Puppy

07-Jun-12
Leptospirosis: What Every Dog Owner Should Know

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New Units for Insulin and Glucose Panels
We have changed our insulin and glucose reporting to conventional units. This change impacts all insulin, glucose, and Insulin/Glucose Ratios reported, beginning with the test reports generated on Friday, September 9, 2016. Insulin is now reported in uIU/mL and Glucose in mg/dL. Units on the ratio have changed from "ratio" to "I:G Ratio." All test reports containing insulin will have a comment that reflects this change. The Endocrinology reference range chart has been updated. To convert to international units, a conversion chart is also available. Both documents can be found on the Endocrinology section of our website.

DCPAH Faculty Awarded AKC Canine Health Foundation Grant
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces an exciting new grant that aims to address thyroid disease in dogs. Funding for this grant is made possible by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), a long-time partner of CHF.

Hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine disorders in adult dogs with a majority of cases caused by autoimmune thyroiditis (AIT). The dog's own immune system attacks the thyroid gland causing progressive, irreversible destruction of thyroid gland cells resulting in loss of thyroid hormone production. This disorder is similar to Hashimoto's thyroiditis, a leading cause of hypothyroidism in people.

Brian Petroff, DVM, PhD and Kent R. Refsal, DVM, PhD, of Michigan State University will study dogs with elevated thyroglobulin autoantibodies (TgAA) as a marker for early stage AIT. Read the AKC CHF's full release for more details.

Upcoming CE: Join Us for a Free Endocrinology Seminar
Thyroid Disease in Dogs: From Clinical Signs to Test Results
Friday | September 23, 2016 | 1:00 - 5:30 p.m. EDT (4 hrs CE)
Room 101, Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH)

This seminar is free but registration is required. Seats are limited. Register today.

Want to know more? Get the full details including presenters, description, agenda, and objectives in a print-friendly format.

NOTE: This program 1067-27500 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 4.00 CE Credits (4.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 4.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (4.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categorie(s) of:

Category One: Scientific
Category Two: Non-Scientific-Clinical

using the delivery method(s) of: Seminar/Lecture. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements.

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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