The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University has supported a veterinary diagnostic service since 1912. In the 1970s, right around the time Coggins testing was developed and widely adopted, the New York State Legislature authorized the Department of Agriculture to contract with Cornell for the construction and operation of a new diagnostic laboratory facility, the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC).
The legal arrangement to operate the lab was updated in 2001 and furthers define the responsibilities and capabilities of the lab. New modern facilities were added in 2010. Today, the lab evaluates domestic and wild animals for disease, maintain capacity to respond to outbreaks, support veterinarians and disease surveillance, develop and improve the state’s ability to identify potentially harmful diseases. One of the most comprehensive veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the world, the AHDC currently employs over 200 veterinary and laboratory professionals serving over 5,000 registered vet practices across the country. The lab is a full member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) and accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD),
As part of its mission, the Animal Health Diagnostic Center conducts both AGID and ELISA Coggins testing for equine infectious anemia for authorizing veterinarians. One ml serum samples properly stored and packaged and delivered to the lab can be tested within a week or in just a couple days when rushed.