Accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD), the VMDL is a full-service laboratory that provides timely and cost-effective diagnostic services to its clients, which include veterinary practitioners, livestock and poultry industry interests, companion animal interests, wildlife conservationists, state and federal regulatory officials, and clinicians of the MU Veterinary Health Center.
In its mission of public service, the VMDL works with federal agencies to protect animal and human health. The VMDL is a level I laboratory of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), which responds to foreign animal disease outbreaks and other adverse animal health events of significant consequence. The VMDL is a Tier I laboratory of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), which works with referring veterinarians and pet owners to investigate cases of potential foodborne illness in animals.
In fulfillment of its teaching mission, the VMDL faculty provide formal residency training in clinical pathology and anatomical pathology and coursework instruction to veterinary and graduate students.