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.

Spring 2017 Newsletter
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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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Copper Analysis in Tissues
The MSU VDL is currently reevaluating our method for copper analysis in tissues. Until this evaluation is complete, copper analysis in tissue samples less than 1 gram will be subcontracted to another accredited laboratory.

During this period, clients may still order and submit samples for Minerals, Tissue (50254) and Minerals, Fixed Tissue (50255). For those samples where copper is subcontracted, the MSU VDL will report for all elements except copper with no delay in turnaround time.

Samples will be forwarded to the subcontracted laboratory for copper analysis at no additional cost to the client. Copper analysis results will be reported in an addendum. Turnaround time for copper analysis will be extended due to additional time required for forwarding samples.

Our Liver Biopsy Panel (test code 40090), which can include fixed tissue mineral analysis based on need as determined by the pathologist, will be minimally impacted. Turnaround time for biopsy reports, histochemical stains, and immunohistochemical markers will not be affected. For those cases where mineral analysis is deemed necessary, samples will be processed as described above.

We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to have our tissue copper method back online as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and for choosing the MSU VDL for your diagnostic testing needs.

MSU VDL Fully Accredited through 2022
The MSU VDL again achieved full accreditation / all species by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) after a recent site review. AAVLD extended our full accreditation for an additional five years, through 2022. We have an ongoing commitment to quality and continuous improvement and were proud to receive this important validation of the high quality diagnostic service we provide to our clients.

The MSU VDL quality assurance letter and accreditation certificate are available online for clients' files and/or clinic accreditation.

DCPAH to Become the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
We are changing our name! We will still be the same laboratory trusted by veterinarians for over 40 years, but we will have a new name. Effective June 1, 2017, we will be the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. In addition, we were recently promoted to a Level 1 NAHLN laboratory. Read more about these exciting developments in the new issue of our newsletter, Diagnostic News.

You will begin seeing our new logo and name on documents and in our facility in June. We aim to make this process as seamless as possible for our clients, but we appreciate your patience as we work to complete this transition.
AAVLD Fully accredited by the
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
through December 31, 2022
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