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Staffed by nearly 20 faculty specialists and more than 40 technical staff members, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory processes more than 300,000 tests per year.
In addition to its service mission, the laboratory plays a vital role in the teaching and discovery missions of the college and university:
- Educating veterinary students and master’s/PhD students about diagnostic methods
- Offering residencies in veterinary anatomic and clinical pathology and veterinary microbiology
- Researching new and better ways to detect disease
- Supporting the biomedical research community with sample analysis and interpretation of data across species
- Collaborating with the campus IGB Center for Genomic Diagnostics
- American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
- National Animal Health Laboratory Network
- National Poultry Improvement Plan
- Food Safety and Inspection Service
- Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network
Key Role in University of Illinois COVID Response
The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory stepped up to fill a need when COVID-19 closed the Urbana campus. Between April and August 2020, a novel saliva-based testing program came into being.
Between August 2020 and February 2022, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and its COVID-Testing Annex processed more than 2.85 million tests—which is more than the total number of tests performed by that date in 10 U.S. states and 60 countries worldwide.
Virologist Dr. Leyi Wang and chief of the Zoological Pathology Program Dr. Karen Terio also assisted the wildlife and zoological communities testing over 1,500 samples from more than 50 species, many of which are endangered, for SARS-CoV-2 infection.
“In parallel to the work on test development, we created a dedicated CLIA-registered laboratory in our on-campus Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory that includes semi-robotic capacity to efficiently process up to 20,000 saliva samples per day.”
Mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 transmission at a large public university | Nature Briefing*
Unique Expertise in Wildlife Health Diagnostics
The Wildlife Epidemiology Laboratory is a collaborative research diagnostic lab for new or ongoing studies in free-ranging and captive amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Led by Dr. Matt Allender, it also conducts field work and offers formal and informal training opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary students.
The Zoological Pathology Program, located in metropolitan Chicago, provides pathology and diagnostic services to the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County as well as numerous national and international wildlife and conservation organizations. ZPP trains residents in veterinary pathology and conducts research into wildlife diseases around the globe.
More about the College of Veterinary Medicine
- Part of a top-ranked public, land-grant university
- Collegewide research strengths in comparative and diagnostic medicine, conservation medicine and ecosystem health, environmental health and toxicology, infectious diseases, and reproductive biology
- Innovative approaches to integrated veterinary education, post-graduate veterinary education, and online learning
- > 500 veterinary students and > 100 master’s and PhD students
- Located in a vibrant, diverse and international community that still offers Midwestern friendliness and affordability
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