Announcements

  • PLEASE NOTE:  Adding 1 part ethanol to 9 parts of formalin is recommended during the winter to prevent freezing of fixed biopsy samples while in transit to the VDC.

  • Seneca Valley Virus Active in Nebraska July 22, 2016

    We are starting to receive calls and samples related to cases where pigs are experiencing vesicular lesions on their snouts as well as lameness. Do not assume these cases are Seneca Valley Virus. Accredited veterinarians are to immediately report all cases of vesicular disease to federal or state animal health officials. The reporting of all vesicular diseases is necessary to ensure that Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is ruled out. (9 CFR 161.4.) Lesions of Seneca Valley Virus infection are identical to FMD and can only be differentiated by laboratory testing.

    The University of Nebraska - Lincoln Veterinary Diagnostic Center is part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network and has personnel who can perform FMD testing on suspected animals under the order of a USDA or State Animal Health Official. A revised guidance document (VS 7406.2) was made that spells out the steps to be taken in the event of an outbreak of disease in pigs which manifests with vesicles.

  • Iowa State University's Annual Update for Beef Veterinarians Program Planned
  • Spring 2016 Beef Management Workshops
  • Tips On Sample Submission for Diagnosis of Neonatal Calf Diarrhea
  • Formalin fixed specimens that had been frozen during transit in the winter months can display severe freezing artifacts when examined histologically. This may preclude a definitive histologic diagnosis. To prevent this, we recommend adding 1 part ethanol to 9 parts of formalin during the winter while in transit to the VDC.

  • Guarded Swab Instructions for BRD Sampling
  • Avian Influenza Information
  • Outbreaks of canine influenza have been reported in the Chicago area.  The outbreak strain has been determined to be an influenza A H3N2 virus that had previously only been reported in Asia. Clinical signs in dogs include fever, runny nose, and coughing.   It is unknown whether the current influenza vaccines licensed for dogs protect against H3N2.  The Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center currently offers a rapid real-time PCR test for diagnosis of canine influenza that can detect the virus on nasal swabs or tracheal washes.  Please contact the laboratory at 402-472-1434 or vdc2@unl.edu  if you would like further details.

  • The Bact. lab is no longer doing culture for Johne's.  The Bact. lab is still doing Johne's PCR and they can refer culture to another lab.

  • Due to the need for increased security measures, our night deposit will only be open until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will also be closed on holidays. If you need to leave a specimen after hours, you will need to call the University Police at 402-472-2222 for access to the night deposit. You will also need to provide the necessary paperwork (accession form).  We appreciate your patience for this inconvenience while we deal with this matter. Thank you.

  • NVMA Meeting follow up: Staphylococcus susceptibility
  • New section on the web site Diagnosticians in the News

  • Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Update Webinar

  • Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) Diagnostics Available

  • PLEASE NOTE - - Adding 1 part ethanol to 9 parts of formalin is recommended during the winter to prevent freezing of fixed biopsy samples while in transit to the VDC.
  • Trichomoniasis Reporting Requirements

  • Due to the increasing numbers of Tritrichomonas foetus PCR tests, the VDC will be increasing from 2 runs/week to 3 runs/week. As of August 1, 2013 testing will be performed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Same day testing will no longer be performed allowing results to be finalized earlier in the day. Due to this change Johne's PCR will be run on Tuesdays and Leptospira MAT will be run on Thursdays.

  • The Diagnostic Center is now able to accept payments with either Visa or MasterCard. Please call the main office at 402-472-1434 for further information.

  • PRICE CHANGE - - Please note the pricing for our PRRS ELISA has been changed to $5.00 per sample. If you have any questions, please call us at 402-472-1434. Thank you.

  • Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) of White-tailed Deer and Cattle

  • Drive begins to raise $5M for new vet diagnostic center

  • COGGINS/EIA UPDATED TESTING FEES: As of Apr. 18, 2012, the charges for Coggins/EIA testing will be $7.50 per sample with no accession fee being charged.

  • The Diagnostic Center performs BVD testing in the form of PCR, ELISA and IHC. Suitable samples include skin samples and serum.  Please call us at (402) 472-1434 with any questions.

  • Brucellosis Serology Testing

  • Tritrichomonas foetus PCR Testing