Lab Sections - Virology & Molecular Diagnostics
The Virology laboratory provides a variety of services with the mission of assisting in the diagnosis of viral infections. Methods are available to examine both antemortem and postmortem samples. Identification of viruses is facilitated by fluorescent antibody staining, propagation in cell culture, electron microscopy and PCR. Due to the variety of animal species presented for examination at the laboratory, a wide range of diagnostic virology reagents is maintained. Each year dozens of different viruses are identified by the VMDL virology laboratory. Some recent examples include canine distemper virus, feline calcivirus, sheep parapox virus, bovine viral diarrhea virus, bovine rotavirus, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, swine influenza virus and equine arteritis virus.
In addition to assistance in the diagnosis of viral diseases the Virology laboratory conducts tests for evidence of infection by Ehrlichia, Rickettsia and Chlamydia species. A microwell format immunoperoxidase detection method for bovine viral diarrhea virus isolated from bovine serum has recently been added. This test is particularly suited to screening cattle herds for BVD virus.
Virology laboratory personnel work closely with the VMDL pathologists in examination of necropsy specimens for evidence of viral disease. The Virology laboratory also provides assistance to veterinary practitioners throughout the state in consultations regarding sample selection and preservation, sample shipment procedures, and interpretations of results. Viral transport media is available to veterinarians upon request from the laboratory. Often serologic tests complement assays performed in Virology.
Personnel in the Virology/Molecular Biology laboratory include:
Solomon “Wole” Odemuyiwa, DVM, MSc, PhD
Marion Butcher, BS, Sr. Research Laboratory Technician
Kobashigawa, Estela, Sr. Research Laboratory Technician
Debra Sharpe, BS, Sr. Research Laboratory Technician