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Illinois Veterinary Experts Help ID Coronavirus in Bronx Zoo Tiger

Apr 5, 2020 / COVID-19

Infection Presumed Passed to Tiger from Person Even when there is no global pandemic, veterinarians are on the front lines in protecting human health, especially when it comes to zoonotic diseases, that is, infections that can cross between people and animals. The expertise of faculty at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine positioned...

[Dr. Leyi Wang with whole-genome sequencers]

Whole-Genome Sequencing Expands Diagnostic Options

Feb 10, 2019 / Diagnostic Updates

Virologist Leyi Wang joined the faculty of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the summer of 2017. Within 18 months, he had brought two whole-genome sequencers—the lab’s first—on board. The combination of Dr. Wang’s expertise and the sequencers’ processing power opens a world of possibility for veterinarians, public health officials, and biomedical researchers, who can now...

Canine Influenza

Canine Influenza in McLean County (Illinois)

May 16, 2016 / Diagnostic Updates

Recently we have tested many samples for canine influenza virus from the Bloomington/Normal area with many of them testing positive. A small number of samples have been forwarded for subtyping and they have come back H3N2. Below is information regarding sample submission and testing guidelines. As always if you have any questions please feel free...

Tracing an Outbreak at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center

Jan 15, 2016 / Diagnostic Updates

Indiana Public Media (Jan. 14) – Researchers from the University of Illinois have identified coyotes as the origin of an outbreak of canine distemper that killed eight big cats at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, a sanctuary for abused or abandoned animals.

lab tech plates isolates, MALDI-TOF

Microbiology Adds Rapid Identification System: MALDI-TOF

Jun 23, 2015 / Diagnostic Updates

MALDI-TOF, a.k.a. Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry Biotyper® (Bruker Daltronics, Inc.), enables the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to identify as many as 95 bacteria, yeast, or fungi within 90 minutes from isolated colonies. The current Biotyper® database includes over 5,000 organisms and is updated frequently to include new taxa. The significance...

Current Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 Outbreak

May 27, 2015 / Diagnostic Updates

In recent weeks, several horses in Illinois have developed clinical signs of fever and respiratory disease. Of the six such cases submitted to the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, molecular analysis determined that equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV1) was the etiological agent in only two of the horses, both adults. Additional testing showed that...

CIV H3 Comparison

May 27, 2015 / Diagnostic Updates

The canine influenza virus (CIV) subtype H3N8 is the current vaccine virus that originated in equine, which infected canines in 2003/04 and now is considered enzootic among canines in the U.S. The H3N2 strain originated in avian species in Asia and emerged in the U.S. in 2015. The big question everyone has regarding the CIV...


Mar 27, 2015 / Diagnostic Updates

Tularemia is a naturally occurring illness caused by a bacterium called Francisella tularensis. These bacteria can be found in certain animals (especially rodents, rabbits and hares).  Tularemia can cause six different forms of disease; however, approximately up to 80 percent of the cases are “ulceroglandular” (skin ulcers and swollen lymph glands) and are the result...

Faculty: Dr. Patrick Roady

Dec 11, 2014 / Diagnostic Updates

Patrick Roady completed his DVM in 2003 from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. He worked in private practice for 6 years, predominately practicing food animal medicine. In 2009, Patrick returned to the University of Illinois for a residency in anatomic pathology. Patrick completed his residency training in September of 2012, passed the...


Dec 11, 2014 / Diagnostic Updates

The VDL is now offering a real time reverse transcription assay (rRT-PCR) for the detection of the membrane (M) gene of porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV). The virus has been detected since February 2014 in Ohio, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois; however, the true prevalence of PDCoV in the U.S. is unknown. Complete genome sequencing performed on...