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.

Summer 2018 Newsletter
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News & Announcements

Michigan Resident Infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Michigan's First Equine West Nile Case for 2018 Confirmed

Shipping Delays Expected for Clients Affected by Hurricane

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

Drug Shortage for Treatment of Canine Addison's Disease

Open Position - Endocrinology

New Confirmed Cases of Strangles in Michigan

MSU VDL Hosts Grandparents University Class

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

Coxiella burnetti Infections in Michigan Sheep & Goats

MSU VDL Spring/Summer Holiday Hours

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Dog Food Products Withdrawn Due to Potential Contamination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

Canine Influenza Testing & Information

Test Method Now Included on Reports

New Fees in Effect

More Deer Suspected Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

MSU VDL Fully Accredited through 2022

DCPAH to Become the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Bovine TB Interferon Gamma Assay Temporarily Suspended

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

Canine Influenza in Michigan
UPDATE, August 2, 2018 - according to a release from MDARD today there have been 49 confirmed cases of canine influenza reported in Michigan since July 13, 2018. The cases have occurred in Huron, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Ottawa and Wayne counties. Please see the full release for more information. Updated information regarding the current case count is available on MDARD's Animal Health & Care site.

On July 26, 2018, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) sent a bulletin regarding canine influenza. Canine influenza has continued to circulate in the U.S. Unfortunately, recently Michigan has seen an upward trend in case numbers.

As of July 25, MDARD has had 18 confirmed cases of canine influenza reported for 2018. These cases were in four counties: Huron (one), Macomb (six), Oakland (eight), and Wayne (three).

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.

The MSU VDL can test for influenza A by PCR. This test will detect both of the strains known to infect dogs (H3N8 and H3N2). Based on current data available, positive samples are almost always H3N2 at this point. To request this test, simply write "Influenza A PCR" on the submittal form. Please call us at 517.353.1683 for more information regarding collection protocol, pricing, or with other questions.

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)
AAVLD Fully accredited by the
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
through December 31, 2022
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