The Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is one of three branches in the Colorado State University VDL system. Based in Grand Junction, the mission of this lab is to provide relevant, timely, and accurate animal disease diagnostic services to Colorado’s Western Slope. From safe food production and diagnosing disease to the care of livestock and state wildlife, the Western Slope VDL is a valuable and underappreciated resource for western Colorado.
In addition to AGID and ELISA Coggins testing for Equine Infectious Anemia, their veterinarian and animal laboratory services include:
- Necropsy examination to assess cause of death
- Molecular diagnostics for Tritrichomonas foetus and Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV)
- Brucella ovis ELISA (following NVSL protocol)
- BVDV, small ruminant lentivirus (OPP/CAE), & ruminant pregnancy ELISA
- Other parasitology, microbiology, clinical pathology, and serology testing
- Free overnight shipping of samples submitted for testing at the main laboratory and RMRAHL
They also do community outreach and encourage interested parties to contact their staff. The Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is located in Grand Junction, Colorado, on 29 Road, just south of the railroad overpass. Samples may be submitted in person or by mail, UPS, FedEx, or local delivery (Kangaroo Express).