Shipping address: University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory 1490 Bull Lea Rd. Lexington, KY 40511
Mailing address: University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory P.O. Box 14125 Lexington, KY 40512-4125
(859) 257-8283 - Voice
(859) 255-1624 - Fax
Diagnostic Services Coordinator:
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Receiving Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Holiday Hours: Holiday Hours Memorandum
Please note our new phone number 859-257-8283
The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is a full service animal health diagnostic facility. The Lab is charged with the diagnosis of animal diseases, and the performance of tests which safeguard the health of the animal population in Kentucky. The Lab helps identify infectious diseases, identify regulatory diseases, provides the means to meet export sales requirements, and provides an early warning system for impending epidemics.
Notice:Piroplasmosis Testing Update: Effective immediately (February 27, 2012), the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory can perform cELISA testing for export provided that the country receiving the animal accepts cELISA methodology for piroplasmosis testing. To be sure what methodology is needed for individual countries, contact the Area Veterinarian in Charge (AVIC). For the state of Kentucky, the phone number is: 502-848-2040. For all other states contact information can be found at this link:http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/downloads/vsavic.pdf
Notice:B. canis Testing Update: Effective February 18, 2013 B. canis antibody testing will be done by IFA. Testing will only be done and reported on Fridays, and the cost for the test is $12.00 plus the accessioning fee. Please contact the laboratory with questions.
Notice:We encourage all EIA forms submitted for testing to include the 6 digit National Accreditation Number of the submitting veterinarian.
Notice:VDL does not perform euthanasia, and does not provide carcass disposal services. Click here for more information
Please submit a separate red top tube for each of the following tests: EIA, EVA, and piroplasmosis testing.
The VDL runs EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia) tests by the ELISA method. AGID method is done only if specifically requested. This must be done by contacting either Dr. Deborah Williams or Meg Steinman at 859-257-8283 prior to sending in the specimen and paperwork for testing.
New Test Offerings:
The serology section is now offering an ELISA test to detect antibodies to feline Coronavirus, as an aid in diagnosis of FIP. ( A positive test indicates that the animal has been exposed to feline enteric Coronavirus, but the diagnosis of FIP should be the clinician’s call --- based on a positive test result in conjunction with clinical findings.) The cost of the test is $13.00 for in-state animals. Testing is performed daily, and results are available on the same day as testing. The required sample is 1.0 ml of serum or plasma. For additional information please contact the laboratory.
UKVDL has developed problem-based panels to assist practitioners with a focused diagnostic test selection that should increase the likelihood of an accurate diagnosis of horses. These are:
Please watch for our new web site which will provide a much better way to view information on our diagnostic test offerings.