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NVSL Diagnostic Bacteriology and Pathology Laboratory

The Diagnostic Bacteriology and Pathology Laboratory (DBPL) provides diagnostic assistance for bacterial and protozoal diseases by conducting serologic testing for the presence of antibodies to pathogens; isolating, identifying, and genotyping bacteria; producing reagents needed for diagnostic testing; administering proficiency tests for selected diseases; performing microscopic examination for bovine tuberculosis; performing immunodiagnostics for prion diseases affecting livestock; and providing diagnostic training.

The DBPL is a Reference Laboratory for the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) and a Reference Centre for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO). Some of the numerous functions of the DBPL include isolation and identification for diagnosis of bacterial diseases including salmonellosis, leptospirosis, contagious equine metritis, bovine tuberculosis, brucellosis, Salmonella serotyping, Leptospira serology, and scrapie susceptibility genotyping. The DBPL also maintains brucellosis, tuberculosis, Johne's Disease, Leptospira, and National Animal Health Monitoring System isolate banks.

Contact Information


Packages: 1920 Dayton Avenue, Ames, IA 50010
Letters: P.O. Box 844, Ames, IA 50010

Phone: (515) 337-7266
Fax: (515) 337-7397

DBPL Director: Vacant
Phone: (515) 337-7528

Brucella and Mycobacteria
Head: Tyler Thacker
Phone: (515) 337-7034

Bacterial Identification
Head: Linda Schlater
Phone: (515) 337-7599

Head: Aaron Lehmkuhl
Phone: (515) 337-7175

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