Microbiology, Parasitology & Serology is the part of the University of Florida Veterinary Diagnostic Labs that is responsible for EIA Coggins testing as well as other diagnostic services. For serology, they also run diarrheal panels for foal and adult horses. For microbiology, they can run Pythium/Lagenidium cultures. For the full directory of tests conducted by the University of Florida Veterinary Diagnostic Labs, you can check out this directory of tests.
This full-service diagnostic lab also provides user-friendly online resource to help you guide you through the process of submitting the 1mL serum sample the lab needs for Coggins testing. Here is a list of supplies you will need for shipping specimens:
- Our most current diagnostic lab submission form
- Leak-proof container non-permeable to the contents
- Absorbent material sufficient to soak up liquid contents in case of leakage
- Cold Packs (no ice cubes)
- Sealed inner container
- Sealed plastic bag containing submission forms/documents; placed outside the inner container.
- Outer container such as a Styrofoam-lined box, cardboard box, etc.
It’s important that you get the right submission form for the right test. For EIA Coggins, this means the PDF submission form for Microbiology, Parasitology & Serology. This is in addition to the federal APHIS VS Form 10-11 or VSPS online account that is standard for all Coggins tests.
To assist in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious disease, they offer in-house PCR and serology testing and are also familiar with a wide range of serologic tests offered all over the nation. Jim Wellehan, DVM, PhD, DACZM, DACVM is the Service Chief for Veterinary Diagnostic Labs, while Rebecca Richardson, Lab Manager, (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the lab manager. The lab is open 8am-5pm Monday through Friday.