Oregon's Lab, Your Lab

The Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s mission is to diagnose animal disease and protect Oregon’s environment and public health.

We’re on the front line monitoring for zoonotic diseases (those spread between animals and humans), spearheading the prevention and response to those diseases and other threats.

These include our response to highly contagious bacterial disease, highly-pathogenic avian influenza and mosquito-born illnesses. Yet the OVDL remains in need of resources

(As a visual example of the lab's current impact across the state, see the heat maps below for a county-by-county breakdown of the lab's current testing for avian influenza, rabies and West Nile virus.)

Oregon's Lab Needs Your Support 

The Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is operating in antiquated facilities inappropriate for contemporary diagnostic needs and future disease threats. The OVDL needs a modern 21st century laboratory to respond to current and emerging diseases that threaten animals and humans alike. 

Oregon's Legislative Policy and Research Office report "Monitoring, Preventing, and Responding to Zoonotic Diseases in Oregon" identified the OVDL as "central to activities of the state’s zoonotic response framework," yet the OVDL remains in need of state funding.

Consistent with the report, House Bill 4148 has been introduced in the current legislative session. It allocates $3.5 million for critical equipment and capacity necessary for the OVDL and the state Wildlife Health Lab to combat threats such as Chronic Wasting Disease and zoonotic diseases.  

What can you do to support the OVDL in its mission to keep the public safe from zoonotic disease?

Contact your legislators. We've made it easy. Click the button below, and you can use the pre-filled form (with room to add your own personal message if you'd like), which will automatically email your state senator and state representative.   

Contact Your Legislators

 

Lab's Testing Impact in Oregon: Avian influenza, rabies and West Nile virus