Veterinary Diagnostic Center


  • State Fair 4-H Testing Requirements
  • The Diagnostic Center will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day Holiday. Please plan your shipments accordingly. Thank you

  • The Veterinary Diagnostic Center has met the evaluation criteria and requirements to be the only approved Nebraska laboratory in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.
  • 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 Univerity 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.

  • Tour the inside - See our Construction Site       New VDC Building Sign
  • Iowa State Univerisity'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  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
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The vision of the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center is to enhance the economic vitality and life quality for all Nebraskans by promoting healthy livestock and companion animals, enhancing the safety of animal derived consumer products, protecting wildlife resources thru disease control and enhancing understanding of disease.


The Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s mission is to assist veterinarians, their clients, and others responsible for animal and public health in the detection, prevention and understanding of disease. The faculty and staff will approach this task by providing accessible, accountable, timely and accurate diagnostic and research services, by sharing information generated through scholarly publication, meeting presentations, and direct communication and through supporting animal health education programs.

Quality Program Statement

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Veterinary Diagnostic Center is committed to providing accurate and prompt responses to your request for assistance. To assure accuracy in testing we aspire to maintain accreditation through the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The standards set by the AAVLD are outlined as minimum essentials requirements and these meet or exceed those required by the international community. The International Organization for Animal Health (OIE) sets the standards and serves as the reference organization for the World Trade Organization. All testing in our laboratory is performed following verifiable standard operating procedures utilizing validated procedures. Each accession processed is supervised by a veterinarian with specialized training in diagnostic medicine. Our laboratory managers are experienced in clinical testing and research methods and work closely with competent well trained staff in the performance of assays. We understand timely, relevant test results are important. We ask your assistance with our program by requesting complete information on accession forms and specific tests requests or detailed clinical and gross pathology data be provided with each case so we can serve you most efficiently.