UPDATE January 13, 2021:

Due to COVID19 related disruption
NECROPSY IS ON AN EMERGENCY ONLY BASIS at this time, which includes:
- Public health and safety (e.g., rabies, zoonotic diseases)
- Disease outbreaks (herd health)
- Foreign animal diseases
- Maintaining a safe food supply
- Animal movement
The pathologist on service/call will make the final determination whether a case constitutes an emergency or not.
Local cremation services can be contacted directly, if this is of interest to you. Please contact us for more information at 541-737-3261 or vet.diagnostic@oregonstate.edu


January 13, 2021:

SARS-CoV-2 Testing of Animals

SARS-CoV-2 testing of animals must be approved by the Oregon State Veterinarian in consultation with the Oregon State Public Health Veterinarian. Submissions will not be accepted by the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory unless approved.

Additional guidance can be found at: https://www.oregon.gov/oda/shared/Documents/Publications/AnimalHealth/SARSCoV2VetGuidance.pdf?

The test request form is available at: https://www.oregon.gov/oda/shared/Documents/Publications/AnimalHealth/SARSCoV2VetRequest.pdf



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.



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.


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.