Veterinary diagnostic services started on the University of Wisconsin (UW) campus in the early 1930’s and quickly grew, both in demand and staff, over the next couple decades. A larger facility was built in Barron in 1958 and then upgraded again in 1992. The original Madison lab was also upgraded in 1964. Today, most of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory testing services, including Coggins testing for equine infectious anemia, is conducted by the Barron location. The Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory performs ELISA tests with same-day results available when 1ml serum samples are received by noon. Paper form VS 10-11, VSPS online form, or GlobalVetLink can be used to submit the federally mandated Coggins testing information.
The WVDL became the official state animal health lab in 2000, when the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection transferred its core laboratory duties to the University of Wisconsin. Accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD), the WVDL became a core laboratory in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) in 2002.
The lab is open 7:45am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. The Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory partners with UPS for reliable shipping services. You can find this information and other tips for packaging and shipping information, laboratory forms, and new customer registration through these online resources.