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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.

Winter 2013 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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Individual Mailers - 24 Box Option Temporarily Discontinued
Due to changing U.S. Postal Service regulations, we will be changing the look of our individual mailers. These new mailer boxes will be available this summer. Our current mailers will be phased out. In order to prevent an excess stock of our current mailers, we are temporarily discontinuing the 24 box option for individual mailers with USPS and FedEx delivery. Clients will still be able to order boxes in quantities of 6 and 12. More information about our new mailers will be coming soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

New Client Education Resource: Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs
Mast cell tumors (MCTs) are one of the most common types of skin cancers in dogs. Help answer owners' questions with our new two-page guide designed specifically for dog owners. Other client education guides are also available.

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Public Concerns about Dog Circovirus
An Update from Thomas Mullaney, Interim Director, Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 22, 2013

LANSING, MI - Across the internet and blogosphere, dog owners from one side of the country to the other are talking about the media reports on dog circovirus. Many of these media reports represent dog circovirus as some sort of canine plague that will soon be killing dogs from coast to coast. Naturally dog owners are concerned about their pets' health and well-being and would like to protect them. Based on our current evidence, dog circovirus is not cause for panic.

As it has just recently been discovered, there is still much to learn about dog circovirus. However, based on the initial research from California (published in Emerging Infectious Diseases) and the work currently underway here at DCPAH, it is not clear that circovirus causes significant disease on its own. Why? The virus has been found in the feces of health dogs with no signs of illness. In addition, the majority of dogs showing signs of illness that test positive for circovirus are also infected with other bacteria and viruses known to cause disease.

Read more about our work on dog circovirus, including a retrospective analysis of old cases, by viewing the full statement.

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