The Hawaii Department of Agriculture Veterinary Laboratory a full-service diagnostic lab within the Division of Animal Industry. The lab’s mission is to identify, prevent, and manage endemic, emerging or re-emerging pathogenic diseases with economic, zoonotic, or food safety importance. They have a modern, state-of-the-art facility in Halawa Valley in Oahu. Among several essential veterinary diagnostic services, they can:
A) Provide infectious disease expertise and diagnostic support.
B) Assess the risk posed to Hawaii and the general public from pathogenic pests and microorganisms.
C) Perform diagnostic test procedures required by the State-Federal Cooperative animal health programs.
D) Provide accurate and timely identification of animal diseases of economic and public health/food safety importance.
The Hawaii Veterinary Laboratory has a highly qualified staff including a veterinary pathologist, epidemiologist, chemist, microbiologists, and a lab aide. Their diagnostic service areas include bacteriology-mycology, anatomical-clinical pathology, histochemistry, serology, and parasitology.
As with all interstate travel, horses must have a clean bill of health from their Coggins test results. Samples must be collected from these animals and tested for the presence of antibodies against Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). The Hawaii Veterinary Laboratory tests all animals under the jurisdiction of the Division of Animal Industry.