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.
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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Saliva Testing: How it Works

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has ramped up its ability to do COVID testing on campus thanks to the laboratories of the Veterinary Diagnostic Center on East Campus. Follow a saliva sample through the testing process.


NVDC closed July 5

The Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center would like to thank you for your support and wish you a safe and happy Independence Day.

Since the July 4th holiday falls on a Sunday this year, the UNL/VDC will be closed on Monday, July 5th. We will resume normal business hours and package receipt at 8 am on Tuesday, July 6th.

Please store your samples appropriately and arrange for Tuesday arrival at our laboratory.

Biopsy fee change

April 30, 2021—Due to increasing expenses within the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center, we will be increasing our fee for biopsies. The fee will increase from $32 to $38. The last fee increase was July 2013 with a similar percentage increase. This will become effective May 1, 2021.

Thank you for your continued support.

Accession fee changes

March 31, 2021—The NVDC will no longer be waiving accession fees on follow-up cases or related cases. The only situation where the accession fee would be waived would be when the case coordinator feels additional specimens are essential to a given case.

The accession fees we charge help support salaries of our Sample Receiving and Clerical staff along with other expenses related to processing cases. This charge serves a function similar to office visit charges or trip charges in your clinics.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you.

NVDC newsletter for December available

January 4, 2020—The NVDC newsletter was distributed to subscribers on December 23, 2020. If you missed it or are not yet a subscriber, you can read it here.

Updated user-friendly forms available

December 8, 2020—UNL’s Veterinary Diagnostic Center staff have been working hard to create more user-friendly submission forms for you and your staff. With these changes, it is imperative that your staff recycle ALL old submission forms and use the appropriate species forms moving forward. This way, you will have access to the most up-to-date selection of tests available and be able to continue to offer your clients the best medicine possible. It is best if you use the submission forms located on our website. They are always the most up-to-date version and as testing changes you will have all the most up-to-date information. However, if you need hard copies just contact the lab and we can send you some.

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It may be helpful for you to know what has changed, so the following is a list of the most noticeable changes:

  • A section has been added to the Surgical Pathology Submission form to indicate how many biopsy boxes/jars were submitted per animal. We added this section to ensure that when multiple Histo Mailer boxes are submitted at the same time for a single animal, they are linked together to avoid multiple accession fees. While we do our best to catch these cases; sometimes they do get missed. We are trying to be proactive and hope this will prevent reoccurrence of this issue.
  • The History section has been moved to the second page with the tests, so you do not have to flip the page back and forth while writing your history notes and deciding on tests.
  • The ID list has been moved to the first page, and reducing the number of animals in the ID list cuts the number of pages on most submission forms down to TWO.

    We have created a fillable Excel form we can email to you for longer ID lists. You simply fill it out and email it back to us. This eliminates any transcription errors since we can then import the IDs straight into our database. Jamie in Sample Receiving would be happy to help walk your staff through using this form and can teach them shortcuts to significantly increase efficiency when building these lists.
  • The Supplies section has been moved to the front where it is more visible to help remind your staff to request more supplies and prevent you from running out at inopportune times.
  • Rarely used tests have been removed to make more room for NEW and more commonly requested tests.

    If you do not see a test listed that you are wanting, you can either call the VDC or check out our online test catalog. This online catalog has all our tests, prices, turn-around times, and what specimens are needed for each test.
  • The required specimens for each PCR test have been added to make it easier to know what to submit for each test.
  • A separate BVD section has been added to the Ruminant Form to allow you to more clearly see what we offer for BVD testing, which tests are specific for detecting PI, what samples are appropriate for which tests and when to use the separate BVD submission form.
  • Combining the Companion Animal & Equine form with the General form into the Canine, Feline, Equine & Other form reduces the number of forms to keep track of.

We are confident these changes will help decrease errors, increase usability and be advantageous to you and your staff.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

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 (Samples should not be shipped over the weekend) 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.