Operating in partnership with Louisiana State University, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, state veterinarians, and agricultural and livestock producers, the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (LADDL) is a full-service AAVLD-accredited laboratory. They conduct both ELISA and AGID EIA Coggins testing as well as lab screening for other regulatory diseases and routine check-ups.
The LADDL serves the veterinary, agricultural, and public health communities of Louisiana and surrounding states. Their mission includes research development including new diagnostic tests and protocols, research and investigation of animal diseases impacting the public health, as well as research on selective diseases impacting the economics on the animal industries of Louisiana. Clients of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine can find a comprehensive set of veterinary services, but to submit a request for testing to the LADDL, you must be a licensed veterinarian or qualified animal researcher. You can use this portal to register a new account.
Horse owners should keep this in mind when they see the lab’s AGID and ELISA Coggins is $6 per test. With a vet exam and certificate of veterinary inspection, the total cost to comply with Coggins testing is higher. Still, the LADDL is an invaluable resource for independent veterinarians who are more than willing make house and farm calls, but do not have the capital to invest in their own in-house diagnostic laboratory. Plus, the lab makes it incredibly efficient. They have an arrangement with FedEx for free shipping in-state and discounted shipping out-of-state. They also work with GlobalVetLink for online form submission and test results reporting. If you’re looking for additional equine testing, you can find a full list of test and fees from the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.