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 2015 Newsletter
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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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Lead Toxicosis & Animal Health
Both humans and animals are affected by exposure to lead. The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine partnered with MSU Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to create two informational guides related to animals and lead exposure. These are both available through the official State of Michigan site Taking Action on Flint Water.

Lead Toxicosis & Animal Health: A Guide for Veterinarians in Michigan

Keep Your Pet Safe from Lead (a guide for owners)

DCPAH offers diagnostic tests to aid in the detection of lead toxicosis:

Lead, Blood (70019)
Minerals, Tissue (50254)
CBC with Differential (11600)
Necropsy: farm animals (30003), horses (30002), and companion animals (30001)

Lead toxicity in animals is reportable in Michigan. Veterinarians with suspect cases should contact MDARD at 800-292-3939 for possible assistance with diagnostic testing.

New Fees in Effect January 1st
DCPAH will have new fees effective January 1, 2016. To offer clients the most stable pricing possible, we review our fee structure every two years. DCPAH has not raised fees since October 2012. Overall, fees will increase approximately 5% with some variation from test to test. While most test prices have increased, many remain the same, and a few have decreased.

We make every effort to price our services fairly and competitively for our clients and have never charged an accession or out-of-state fee for any service.

To make this transition as seamless as possible, we are making the new fee schedule available in advance. Our current fee schedule is also available (see Fee Schedule in the left-hand navigation) and our test catalog still reflects current prices. These prices will apply to all samples collected prior to January 1. The new prices will appear in the test catalog when they go into effect.

Thank you for continuing to choose DCPAH for your diagnostic testing needs. We look forward to helping you protect the health of the animals you serve in the coming year.

Canine Influenza
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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