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Laboratory Information and Services

National Veterinary Services Laboratories

APHIS laboratory services are provided by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa and Orient Point (Plum Island), New York. The NVSL provides a wide variety of information and services, centered around diagnosis of domestic and foreign animal diseases, support of disease control and eradication programs, reagents for diagnostic testing, training, and laboratory certification.

NVSL Submission Forms

This section contains downloadable laboratory-related forms.

Diagnostic Testing

Authorized individuals may submit specimens to the NVSL facilities for diagnostic testing. This section describes the types of tests performed at the NVSL and provides instructions for submitting samples. Includes statement regarding ownership of specimens. 

Reagents and Proficiency Tests

Diagnostic reagents are produced by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories as needed when a commercial source of reagent is not available or when commercial sources are not fulfilling diagnostic needs. This section contains a list of available reagents, including proficiency tests, and instructions for ordering.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Testing and Reagents.

Approved Laboratories

Some diagnostic testing may be conducted by APHIS-approved state, federal, or private laboratories. This section includes lists of laboratories currently approved by APHIS to conduct specific tests.

Diagnostic Training

The NVSL provides a variety of courses on diagnostic testing, specimen collection, and disease recognition. This section describes courses and instructions to register for a course.

National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN)

The NAHLN is part of a nationwide strategy to coordinate the work of all organizations providing veterinary surveillance and testing services.

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF)

The new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is located in Manhattan, Kansas and will be a national asset that helps protect the nation’s agriculture, farmers and citizens against the threat and potential impact of serious animal diseases. The USDA will conduct foreign animal disease research, training and diagnostics in the state-of-the-art facility with enhanced biocontainment capabilities and modern laboratory designs.

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