The MSU VDL is happy to announce that the Laboratory is accepting all submissions beginning May 29. Since late March, the MSU VDL has asked clients to limit submissions to those necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of a patient. During this time, veterinarians in Michigan and elsewhere were also limiting office visits and the Lab saw a steep decline in submissions. The MSU VDL has made significant adjustments to protect the health and safety of both personnel and clients and those adjustments remain in effect.

As veterinarians around the country have begun to increase their work, the VDL has been able to accommodate an increasing number of submissions. On May 29, veterinarians in Michigan will be able to resume elective procedures. The MSU VDL is ready. While the workspace will be different for personnel, clients can be assured that all samples received will be processed. There may be slight delays in turnaround time for some tests.

Thank you to our clients who have continued to send us samples over the last several weeks. Thank you to all of our clients for your patience and understanding. THANK YOU for making the MSU VDL one of your partners in protecting animal health.

Equine Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory Services Suspended

From the Equine Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory:

Due to restricted activities with COVID-19, we will be suspending diagnostic services beginning March 21 2020. Samples received prior to March 20 will be processed and reports sent out. Please don’t send samples after March 21 until further notice. If samples are submitted by mistake, they will be frozen and stored until lab personnel are again working on campus. The University of Minnesota has also suspended type 1 PSSM genetic testing. Please stay healthy and safe.

Find more information on COVID-19 and links to resources
UPDATE, May 7, 2020

The State of Michigan "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order has been extended through May 28, 2020. The MSU VDL will continue to operate as it has since the order went into effect on March 24. Please see Information for MSU VDL Clients below.

UPDATE, April 24, 2020

The State of Michigan "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order has been extended through May 15, 2020. The MSU VDL will continue to operate as it has since the order went into effect on March 24. Please see Information for MSU VDL Clients below.

UPDATE, April 10, 2020

Michigan's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order has been extended through April 30. The MSU VDL will continue to operate as it has since the order went to effect on March 24. Please see information for clients below.

Additional information for Michigan veterinarians is available through the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, including guidance related to temporary restrictions on veterinary services.

March 23, 2020

Effective March 24, 2020 through April 13, 2020, the state of Michigan is under a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order. The MSU VDL provides services essential to sustain or protect life, and will continue to operate.

Information for MSU VDL Clients During Restriction of Submissions:
  • During this time, we ask clients to send only samples for which diagnostics will play a critical role in the treatment and/or management of a patient.
  • The MSU VDL will continue our mission to support diagnostics for foreign animal diseases and other diseases of importance to food animals, including testing necessary for movement.
  • All samples received will be processed.
  • As we operate with reduced personnel, samples will be handled and stored appropriately prior to testing.
  • Clients should expect a delay in test results. We are making every effort to identify and prioritize tests for animals that are ill or for which timely results are critical.
  • Business hours for the main laboratory will remain unchanged. Effective March 24, the Clinical Pathology Laboratory will be open 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days/week.

We are already seeing a decrease in samples submitted to the laboratory as veterinarians around the country have begun to restrict visits to emergent and/or acute cases only. We expect this decrease to continue.

We apologize to our clients who rely on us for trusted diagnostics for the animals in their care. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate this evolving and fluid situation.

Previous MSU VDL Operations Update – COVID-19

March 18, 2020 – The MSU VDL remains open and fully operational to provide the critical diagnostic services relied upon by our clients throughout Michigan, across the United States, and around the globe.

We have taken measures to limit foot traffic and personal interactions to help protect clients who come to the laboratory as well as our personnel. Clients dropping off animals for necropsy and/or cremation will not have to leave their vehicle for service. They should park in one of the visitor spaces behind the building and call our main line at 517.353.1683 for assistance.

MSU VDL personnel perform essential functions and that work will continue. However, to better follow CDC guidelines for social distancing, we have rearranged workstations to reduce the number of people working in certain areas of the laboratory. This has had some impact on workflow and clients may see a slight delay in turnaround times.

We remain committed to providing our clients core diagnostics, innovative solutions, and expert service. If there are changes to our services or our staffing is impacted by COVID-19, updates will be posted. We know that we are not alone in experiencing changes in our daily lives and routines and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented global health event.

For additional information and links to COVID-19 resources, please see Emergence of 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Page last updated 5/21/2020