The Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS) is jointly managed by and contributes to the animal diagnostic services of the University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania State University. It was originally established by the Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission (AHDC) in 1991 to provide diagnostic support to veterinarians to help better manage food-fiber animals, equine, aquaculture and wildlife. The primary mission of the PADLS is to protect animals and humans from health threats posed by animal diseases. It also strives to minimize any economic losses posed by these diseases.
There are three PADLS laboratories, which foster a unique collaborative environment that helps make the best diagnostic determinations for complex cases and inconclusive lab results. These labs also work closely with Penn Vet’s Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center (VCIC).
- New Bolton Center Laboratory, affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in Kennett Square
- The Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory, a division of the Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services in Harrisburg
- The Animal Diagnostic Laboratory, affiliated with Pennsylvania State University in University Park
Regulatory tests for equine infectious anemia must be submitted with the appropriate federal form, which must be ordered through the laboratory. Most other forms can be downloaded directly on their website. You can also find general submission guidelines and a full list of available lab tests. The lab requires 1ml serum samples, which must be received by noon for same-day results.