The VMDL is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory and it is Missouri’s only laboratory accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The VMDL works closely with AAVLD to maintain a robust Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) Program. The VMDL is also a Level I Lab of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) and Tier I Lab of the FDA Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (FDA Vet-LRN). In collaboration with USDA-NAHLN, FDA Vet-LIRN, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the VMDL plays an essential role in safeguarding animal health, animal agriculture and public health.
The VMDL’s top priorities are to provide relevant, timely and cost-effective diagnostic services to veterinarians, producers and owners, and regulatory agencies. In 2018, the VMDL processed 48,538 accessions and performed approximately 130,000 diagnostic tests. The NAHLN has certified the VMDL to diagnose and monitor the following high-consequence diseases/pathogens: antimicrobial resistance, avian influenza, exotic Newcastle disease, African swine fever, foot-and-mouth disease, classical swine fever, swine influenza, and chronic wasting disease of cervids. The VMDL collaborates with the Missouri Department of Conservation to detect chronic wasting disease in hunter-harvested and farmed deer and elk. The VMDL collaborates with FDA to investigate diseases related to feed and veterinary products.
The VMDL faculty hold academic appointments in the Departments of Veterinary Pathobiology and Veterinary Biomedical Sciences. The director is administratively responsible to the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine for the overall operation of the laboratory and its multiple missions of public service, teaching, research and continuing education/extension, service to our clients and creating a positive learning environment for our students and residents. The VMDL has formal anatomical pathology, clinical pathology, and clinical microbiology training programs and offers training in toxicology. The VMDL also provides training opportunities to graduate students and international students and scholars who are interested in diagnostic research and development.