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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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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.

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Holiday Hours - Monday, May 30
In observance of Memorial Day, DCPAH will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016. We will be open for regular Saturday hours on May 28. To avoid delay of your testing requests, please keep this in mind when shipping specimens. Thank you for choosing DCPAH for your veterinary diagnostic needs!

Ascorbic Acid & Fatty Acid Profile Temporarily Discontinued
Effective immediately, both the Ascorbic Acid (50214) and Fatty Acid Profile (50231) tests performed in the Nutrition laboratory are temporarily discontinued until further notice. Samples for these assays may be stored at -80 Centigrade until the tests are back online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will bring these tests back as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and for choosing the Diagnostic Center for your diagnostic needs.

Open Positions/Job Postings
The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for the following position(s).

Medical Laboratory Technician (Posting # 3403) | Nutrition | Closing Date: 06/07/2016

Medical Laboratory Technician (Posting # 3396) | Receiving & Order Entry | Closing Date: 05/31/2016

Medical Laboratory Technician (Posting # 3397) | Toxicology | Closing Date: 06/07/2016

Specimen Processing Assistant (Posting # 3408) | Receiving & Order Entry | Closing Date: 06/07/2016

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Job listings for both faculty and non-faculty positions are posted on the MSU Applicant Page (MAP).

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.

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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