June 14, 2021 8:26 AM

Beginning Monday, June 14, 2021, the MSU Veterinary Medical Center will allow clients into the building with patients. Find details here.

Any patient presented to the MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will undergo an initial medical evaluation to determine if urgent care is needed, and whether hospitalization is warranted. The MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will only hospitalize patients that our clinicians consider to be unstable or to have life-threatening conditions.

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

Note: Muscle samples submitted between August 16 – 27 will not be read out until September 1st.

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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.