UPDATE September 14, 2020:

The OVDL will be open for regular business hours today. 


September 8, 2020: 

New laboratory information management system is live

Starting today, specimens received at the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will be processed using the new CoreOne laboratory information management system. 

Accessions received and finalized today will be done so in CoreOne. We anticipate turnaround times may be delayed as we transition to CoreOne. You may notice a different format than previous OVDL reports. Pending accessions received prior to Sept. 7 may be reported using the previous report format. 

Additionally, the OVDL will not be able to process payments until Sept. 15, 2020 to allow for a complete transition to CoreOne. As we value your business, interest for the month of September 2020 will be waived for current accounts.


September 2, 2020

Reminder: New laboratory information management system coming Sept. 7

The Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is scheduled to upgrade its laboratory information management system on Sept. 7 and launch a new client portal later this month. 

The new LIMS, CoreOne, adds the functionality of an OVDL online portal. Through the portal, clients will be able to do the following: 

  • Create submissions.
  • View test status.
  • Access reports.
  • View invoices and statements.
  • Make payments online.

During the implementation process, clients may experience longer turnaround times as staff are learning a new system.


August 28, 2020

New lab information management system coming Sept. 7

The Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to providing exceptional and efficient service to our clients. In order to continue with this commitment, OVDL is scheduled to upgrade its laboratory information management system. This LIMS upgrade is scheduled to take place Sept. 7, 2020.

The new LIMS, CoreOne, adds the functionality of an OVDL online portal. Through the portal, clients will be able to do the following: 

  • Create submissions.
  • View test status.
  • Access reports.
  • View invoices and statements.
  • Make payments online.

The client portal is expected to go live mid-late September.  In addition to a new client portal, test reports will be formatted differently to increase readability and ease of understanding.

For OVDL employees, this new system will allow for faster, more streamlined receiving processes, increased financial management and increased communication abilities between testing sections. 

For more information on OVDL's LIMS implementation, contact the Oregon
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at 541-737-3261.



The OVDL accepts cases from 8-5pm Monday-Fridays but cannot accept cases after hours, on weekends or holidays.  The OVDL does have pathologists on-call after hours, on weekends and holidays.  They can give suggestions on how to handle your case/specimen until it can be received.

Beginning July 20, 2020 cases received after hours, on weekends or holidays will be charged an additional $25.  On Aug. 1, the additional fee will increase to $50; On September 1st the additional fee will be $100.  Beginning on Oct. 1st NO cases will be accepted after hours, on weekends and holidays.

As above, OVDL has pathologists on-call after hours, weekends and holidays.  The pathologist on-call has the discretion to accept an emergency case (e.g., emergency herd health, food safety, public health/human health) although, if accepted during after hours, weekends or holidays there is an additional fee of $75.



Dear Valued OVDL Clientele,

The OVDL is considered an essential service and is open for submissions, all samples received will be processed.

We are accepting cases between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday (no after hours or weekends). Turnaround times may be delayed due to personal protective equipment (PPE) preservation and social distancing for staff health and safety.

Although we will be open for business Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm, we have changed the processes for in-person submissions to protect the health and safety of both our clients and staff members. Please follow directions for submitting samples when you arrive at the laboratory.

REMINDER:  Did you know that we have discounted shipping for samples through UPS?  For Oregon and Washington, costs are:  Next Day: $13; Second Day: $7.  And Out of State: $22. Please see the "Client Guidelines" tab at the top of the website for more information. 

If you have any questions or concerns you can email us at vet.diagnostic@oregonstate.edu, we will be regularly checking and responding to emails.

We thank you for your patience and continued patronage.



COVID-19 testing for animals- swab submission information


OVDL COVID-19 testing of human samples:

The OVDL has been asked by physicians and physician groups to test for COVID-19 in human samples. OVDL and Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT) have partnered together in order to perform this important work.  The team is in the process to test human samples including human samples from an epidemiology study at Oregon State University.  OVDL continues to be open for all of the animal testing we do as well.  The human sample testing will not interfere with our core mission.

OVDL testing of animal samples:

The OVDL will test animal samples according to the guidelines from the State Veterinarian (Dr. Brad LeaMaster) and State Public Health Veterinarian (Dr. Emilio Debess).  These guidelines are at this link:   https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/agriculture/Documents/COVID-19/COVID19TestingAnimals%20.pdf

Mark R. Ackermann DVM, PhD, DACVP

Director, Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine

Oregon State University

The Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (OVDL) is a public-supported facility providing a full range of animal disease diagnostic services to veterinarians, livestock producers, pet owners, and biomedical researchers. We work closely with local, state, and federal agencies, supporting their programs in animal and public health. The Laboratory is a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, providing surveillance and response testing for foreign animal diseases in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture. We are committed to high quality assurance, providing accurate results in a timely fashion, emphasizing communication between diagnosticians and our diverse clientele, and addressing the changing needs of that clientele.

**As a reminder the diagnostic laboratory is open for sample drop off from 8am to 5pm. Only emergency necropsy services are available after hours, call 541-737-3261 for instructions and to be connected with the pathologist on emergency duty.

**Please note the diagnostic laboratory does not accept live animals for necropsy.


10/27/17 Leptospirosis Alert - The OVDL has detected leptospirosis in several sea lions along the Oregon Coast. 

10/25/17 Bluetongue Alert - The OVDL has detected bluetongue virus in a flock of sheep in the Willamette Valley. Here are some anwers to Frequently Asked Questions.

11/18/16 Lungworm Alert - Lungworms are considered an emerging disease world-wide and over the past few years, the OVDL has observed an increase in lungworm-positive submissions.