July 02, 2020 12:13 PM

As of June 29, MSU's Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (ECCM) operations have modified:

All walk-in patients will be evaluated. Life-threatening cases will be admitted. Cases evaluated as stable will be referred to the client’s primary care veterinarian, other facilities, or other services within the MSU Hospital, if possible. Monday–Friday, from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., the ECCM Service will operate as a “referral only” service. However, walk-in patients with critical illness or immediately life-threatening problems will always receive care. Referring veterinarians should call 517-353-5420 prior to sending any patients to MSU. View the Hospital's full web page.

Dedicated to providing the most accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment of muscle disorders in horses

June 15: The Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory has re-opened. Please submit both formalin-fixed and fresh samples. We have a considerable backlog of samples to process from the past 3 months, so please understand that results may be delayed. If there is urgency to your case please indicate this on the submission form and we will do our best to expedite the formalin-fixed stains on your samples. Thank you so much for your patience.

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The overarching goal of the equine neuromuscular diagnostic laboratory (NMDL) is to define the basis for neuromuscular disorders in horses, develop accurate, minimally invasive diagnostic tests, and optimal methods for preventing or managing these diseases.

Diagnostic Services

Muscle biopsy testing: The equine NMDL offers specialized muscle biopsy diagnostic services. For forms, shipping information and pricing click on the links below:

For questions regarding sample submission call: (517) 353-1683 Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST. To contact the NMDL directly email: nmdl@cvm.msu.edu.

Genetic testing

Genetic testing is not done at Michigan State. Below are links to labs that perform PSSM1 and MYHM genetic testing.

PSSM1 testing

PSSM1 testing is offered at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of California, Davis with information available at this link:

Click here for PSSM1 genetic testing

MYHM testing

MYHM testing for immune mediated myositis and nonexertional rhabdomyolysis is done at the University of California Davis with forms, shipping information and pricing available at this link:

Click here for MYHM genetic testing Information on validation of the MYHM genetic testing and associated research



Information on this site is intended for information purposes for veterinarians to guide in the diagnostic work up of muscle diseases. Owner-diagnosis and owner-treatment of horses is not recommended, and may indeed be dangerous. Owners must consult their veterinarian before implementing any of the treatment recommendation described.