The UGA Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory is one of two sister diagnostic laboratories managed by the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. (They also have an Athens location.) Fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, the Tifton lab offers comprehensive diagnostic services including bacteriology, cytology, molecular diagnostics, necropsy, histopathology, toxicology, virology, serology, and electron microscopy. The mission of the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory is to provide fast, accurate, and comprehensive diagnostic services to veterinarians, animal owners and the livestock industry.
The Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory
While much of the pricing and testing policies are the same at both labs, there are some important differences you should know about. For one thing, the lab’s courier partner, Lab Express, only serves the Athens lab. However, you can still send samples into the Tifton lab with UPS or USPS. In addition, while both labs conduct EIA Coggins testing, including AGID and ELISA tests with antibody detection, some of the individual tests and diagnostic services are different at each of the labs. So, if you’re planning on additional testing for your horse, you will want to check their catalog of tests. Finally, you’ll need to fill out and send in the correct lab-specific submission form for the Tifton lab facility.
Like any lab, prices and policies are subject to change at the UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories. One recent change that long-time customers should know about is new rules for getting your test results over the phone. You now need your veterinarian’s license number and your unique laboratory account number in order for the information to be released over the phone. Otherwise, you can still get the results electronically or through the mail based on your indicated preference.