COVID-19 testing for animals- swab submission information



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 afterhours or weekends). Turnaround times may be delayed due to personal protective equipment (PPE) preservation and social distancing for staff health and safety.

We are accepting cases, although post mortem/necropsy service is limited to emergency cases at this time and these include:

-public health and safety (e.g., rabies, zoonotic diseases)

- foreign animal diseases

- disease outbreaks

- maintaining a safe food supply

- animal movement

The pathologist on service/call will make the final determination whether a case constitutes an emergency.  Please consider working with local cremation services directly to determine alternative avenues for safe disposal of animal carcasses.

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. 

To make a payment over the phone the business office will be open for payments on Monday between 9am and 11am and Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm.

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.



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.


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