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.

Fall 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

CWD Testing for Hunter Harvested Deer

'Do Not Eat' Advisory Issued for Deer Taken in Oscoda Township

Deer tests positive for CWD in Dickinson County

Mosquitoes, WNV, and EEE in Michigan

Shipping Delays Expected for Clients Affected by Hurricane

Bovine TB Identified in Alcona County Herd

MSU VDL Welcomes Arrival of New State Veterinarian

Michigan Confirms Additional Equine West Nile Virus Case

Michigan Resident Infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Michigan's First Equine West Nile Case for 2018 Confirmed

Q & A: FDA Investigation into Diet and Canine Heart Disease

Drug Shortage for Treatment of Canine Addison's Disease

Canine Influenza in Michigan

New Confirmed Cases of Strangles in Michigan

First Case of CWD Suspected in Jackson County

Free T3 Removed from Thyroid Profiles

Change in Assessment of T3 in Thyroid Testing

Tick- and Other Vector-borne Diseases Increasing

New Antimicrobial Susceptibility Panels for Companion Animals

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Dog Food Products Withdrawn Due to Potential Contamination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

Test Method Now Included on Reports

New Fees in Effect

MSU VDL Fully Accredited through 2022

DCPAH to Become the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

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

MSU VDL Holiday Hours
November 2018
Thursday, November 22 - Thanksgiving - CLOSED
Friday, November 23 - University holiday - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
[Clinical Pathology, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.]
Saturday, November 24 - Regular Saturday hours - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

December 2018
Monday, December 24 - University holiday - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
[Clinical Pathology, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.]
Tuesday, December 25 - CLOSED
Monday, December 31 - University holiday - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
[Clinical Pathology, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.]

January 2019
Tuesday, January 1 - CLOSED

The MSU VDL will be closed on the holidays listed 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.

During limited hours on University holidays (11/23, 12/24, 12/31), building access and Client Service telephone lines will be available and our Receiving/Order Entry staff will be working to ensure your incoming specimens are handled promptly and efficiently. Please note that this will impact test schedules throughout the lab.

Thank you for choosing the MSU VDL for your veterinary diagnostic needs. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Canine Influenza Virus Update
The MSU VDL has added a separate test code for Canine Influenza Virus PCR (80138) to make it easier to request influenza testing for dogs. This test detects all Type A influenza viruses but does not differentiate between H3N8 and H3N2 subtypes. Based on current data available, positive samples are almost always H3N2 at this point. Please see our test catalog for more information regarding collection protocol, pricing, and shipping requirements or call us at 517.353.1683 with other questions.

Canine influenza activity in Michigan has slowed down since a number of cases were reported over a short period of time this summer. According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), a total of 160 cases have been confirmed in Michigan as of October 3, 2018. Updated information regarding the current case count is available on MDARD's Animal Health & Care site. Canine influenza is a reportable disease in Michigan, which means veterinarians and diagnostic labs must notify MDARD if they suspect canine influenza or have a positive test. If a registered animal shelter suspects canine influenza, MDARD is prepared to assist them.

The MSU VDL and other laboratories are voluntarily contributing testing information to provide a more complete picture of H3N2 canine influenza activity nationwide. This information is available through the Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center.

Because signs of many infectious respiratory diseases are similar, differential diagnostic testing is needed to identify the specific cause of illness. We encourage clients to consider our canine respiratory disease panel (80984) or the core panel plus (80985) if distemper is also suspected. If influenza is part of a differential diagnosis, the influenza PCR can be performed in addition to the panel for an additional charge.

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.

Vaccines are available for both H3N8 and H3N2 CIV. Veterinarians and pet owners are encouraged to include travel and pets' exposures to other settings where animals comingle in their conversations about which vaccinations are appropriate. For those wishing to reduce the number of vaccinations where possible, vaccine titer screening (canine vaccine antibody panel, 80101 and canine vaccine panel + lepto, 95996) is available for assessing immunity status in previously vaccinated animals. These panels include canine distemper, canine adenovirus, and canine parvovirus.

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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American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
through December 31, 2022
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