The primary mission of the NDSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is to serve vet practitioners, animal owners, agricultural producers, and public health researchers with diagnostic support services. A major part of this support is timely, accurate, and reliable laboratory testing across several diagnostic disciplines. This includes pathology, bacteriology, molecular diagnostics, toxicology, virology, and serology. The Serology section is responsible for EIA Coggins tests, as well as other infectious agents detected in serum samples. They run AGID and ELISA Coggins testing on different days throughout the week with turnaround times between 1-2 days, but STAT testing may also be available.
Samples must be received during business hours the day before to guarantee inclusion in the test run. They provide several online resources to help veterinarians and other interested parties who request their VDL services. Use these links to find more detailed information about tests and fees, submission forms, and shipping guidelines. They also provide online options for submitting the federally-mandated Coggins form information and test results reporting. All submission samples need to be clearly labeled and packaged to prevent leaks, breaks, and punctures.
AAVLD-accredited, the NDSU VDL has quality assurance protocols and other best practices in place with yearly proficiency testing administered by the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). Three licensed veterinary faculty members are joined by more than a dozen administrative and laboratory support staff. Open 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday, they also have a 24-depository and limited emergency services. Some of their specific lab testing hours and information can change seasonally with samples run Monday through Friday between March and September but run Tuesday through Friday between October and February.