Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center

Enhancing the health and well-being of livestock and companion animals

Exterior of the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

SPECIAL NOTICE: In spite of the recent increase in COVID-19 in Nebraska, the Veterinary Diagnostic Center is maintaining diagnostic activities on a normal schedule. If our staff needs to be quarantined and it affects an entire section of the lab, we would have to shut that section down. We have contingency plans in place should this happen. We have tried to anticipate possible shortages in disposable items and test kits in the laboratory to be able to continue testing as normal.

Duan Loy, research manager at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center, prepares a sample to measure RNA.

Welcome to the NVDC

The Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center (NVDC) employs state-of-the-art testing procedures to provide disease surveillance and diagnostic services to veterinarians, livestock producers, pet owners and researchers.

The diagnostic center is part of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The NVDC is recognized nationally for its expertise in diagnosing diseases in cattle and other food animals. It is Nebraska's only veterinary diagnostic lab accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.

NVDC offers a full complement of bacteriologic, histologic, immunohistochemical necropsy, molecular diagnostic, serologic, toxicologic, electron microscopic and traditional virologic services. Laboratory cases are coordinated by and test results interpreted by faculty veterinarians. Our faculty diagnosticians have a wide range of nationally recognized expertise, and most have specialized training and board certification in disciplines including pathology, microbiology and immunology.

We are committed to providing timely, accurate results to our clients along with outstanding customer service. Call us at 402-472-1434 during regular business hours or email us anytime.

Quick links

Web portal sign-in
Follow-up testing/supplies order form

Veterinary medical questions

Please consult your personal veterinarian if you have veterinary care or animal related questions.

Cutting-edge technology improves NVDC services

Diagnosticians in the news

NVDC faculty diagnosticians are often asked to contribute to articles and news video related to animal disease and health. Check out NVDC News for more.

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NVDC Thanksgiving hours

November 19, 2020—The Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday. All testing will resume Monday, November 30th.

PCR test for Tritrichomonas foetus testing of bulls

September 30, 2020—The Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center will begin offering a new direct PCR test for Tritrichomonas foetus testing of bulls on Oct 1. Samples must arrive to the laboratory within 72 hours of collection and must be collected in PBS transport tubes provided by the laboratory. We now have a limited initial supply of PBS collection tubes available. Please visit the Tritrichomonas foetus testing page of our website for details or call 402-472-8470.

Pet Safety & COVID-19

July 24, 2020—The CDC provides a page of resources related to pets and COVID-19. Information is specific to veterinarians, public health officials, pet stores and breeders, the public and more. Click here to go to the page.

Advice for treating pinkeye in cattle this summer

July 23, 2020—Some recent cases of pinkeye have been challenging to treat. Veterinarians offer advice for prevention and treatment in this article published by "The Fence Post." Read more.

Pet Safety & COVID-19

June 12, 2020—To learn the current information about keeping pets safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, watch this video from the CDC.

Fee change for necopsy disposal

May 20, 2020—Effective immediately, the rendering company which serviced the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center will no longer be picking up carcasses for rendering. Because of this, the fee we will be charging for carcass disposal of large animals will increase to $260 for the time being.

FAQ on Companion Animal Coronavirus Testing

March 18, 2020—The USDA has provided a fact sheet about cornoavirus, pests and testing. Read more (PDF).

Infectious Bronchitis PCR for poultry

January 7, 2020—An Infectious Bronchitis PCR test for poultry is now available. You can find the link to it and other tests on the Poultry Tests page.

Updates to NVDC General Policies

December 12, 2019—The Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center has updated its General Policies document. This includes policies related to accession, payment, accession and shipping fees, disposal, biopsy fees, unanticipated fees, toxicology and laboratory results. Please let us know if you have any questions.

NVDC Newsletter Available

November 11, 2019—Topics covered in this edition include Trichomonas foetus testing submission guidelines, tick season and NVDC staff updates. Read newsletter.

Updated submission forms available

August 12, 2019—New versions of several of the NVDC submission forms have been uploaded to the NVDC website and are available for your use. For best results please download and save the form to your computer first, then fill it out and save or print it.

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The following forms have been updated:

Ruminant Submission Form (PDF)
Used for bovine, caprine, and ovine submissions.

Swine Submission Form (PDF)
Used for porcine submissions.

Avian Submission Form (PDF)
Used for avian submissions (not for commercial poultry).

BVD PI Submission Form (PDF)
Used for BVD PI.

Surgical Pathology Submission Form (PDF)
Used for biopsies.

Trichomonas Submission Form (PDF)
Used for Trichomonas foetus testing (PCR and culture).

BRD—Percent of Isolates Susceptible

July 19, 2019—A chart is available that shows BRD—Percent of Isolates Susceptible for the first half of 2019. View chart (PDF)

NVDC Newsletter Available

July 11, 2019—Topics covered in this edition include Trichomonas foetus testing submission guidelines, tick season and NVDC staff updates. Read newsletter>>

Due dates now noted on invoices

We have modified our invoices and statements to indicate that all invoices are due 30 days from the invoice date.