Authorized by state legislators in 1967 and officially opened in 1969, the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) at Texas A&M offers excellence in veterinary diagnostic services. Their mission is to promote animal health generally and to protect the state’s agricultural, companion animal and public health. The TVMDL system is composed of two full-service laboratories, located in College Station and Amarillo, and two poultry laboratories, located in Center and Gonzales. With its strategic locations, TVMDL is uniquely positioned to serve the animal industries of Texas.
Including equine serum samples for Coggins testing, the diagnostic lab receives approximately 200,000 accessions and runs an average of 925,000 tests per year. They perform both AGID and ELISA testing for $8-$9 per test and with turnaround times of 1-3 days. USDA VS Form 10-11 must be submitted with 2 ml serum samples per test. Animal owners and veterinarians should follow federal guidelines when packaging and shipping samples to the lab. Available online resources from the TVMDL website include a search directory of tests, shipping guidelines, online forms, and information about becoming a client.
TVMDL is a part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), a group of state and regional laboratories performing surveillance testing for high-consequence agricultural and zoonotic pathogens, organized by USDA APHIS. While maintaining traditional service to the food animal industries and companion animal owners of Texas, TVMDL is dedicated to developing new diagnostic tools, incorporating state-of-the-art technology, increasing efficiency, and continuing to provide clients with professional expertise to help them solve difficult cases.