The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH), part of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will now be the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (MSU VDL). This name change, effective June 1, 2017, will better communicate the function and mission of the unit. The decision to pursue the change was made with the input of laboratory clients, stakeholders, and employees.
“At our heart, we are a veterinary diagnostic laboratory. We are happy to announce this name change, which we feel will better resonate with current and prospective clients, as well as our government and animal health community stakeholders,” says Rachel Reams, director. “We will continue providing our clients with the quality diagnostics they rely on to make critical decisions about the treatment of animals entrusted to their care. At the same time, we remain committed to build and expand our partnerships in the area of One Health.”
In March 2017, the VDL was promoted to a Level 1 laboratory in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). NAHLN is a nationally coordinated network of federal, state, and university-associated laboratories that provide animal health diagnostic testing to detect biological threats to the nation’s food animals, thus protecting animal health, public health, and the nation’s food supply.
The MSU VDL, a service unit in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is a premier, full-service, fully accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratory for all species. On average, the lab performs one million tests per year on approximately 180,000 cases for more than 300,000 animals. The MSU VDL is a member of key federal networks charged with protecting human and animal health, and their core diagnostics, innovative solutions, and expert service have earned them clients in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and more than 20 foreign countries. The lab serves approximately 7,000 clients per year.
Visit their website here: https://www.animalhealth.msu.edu/