In response to COVID-19, please see each lab below for detailed operations information.
Diagnostic Services includes a variety of laboratories and services all dedicated to meeting the needs of patients, practitioners and the college in an accurate and timely manner.
BACTERIOLOGY AND MYCOLOGY LABORATORY
The Bacteriology & Mycology Laboratory provides diagnostic testing to serve the medical needs of both practitioners and the Auburn University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The goal of our diagnostic team is to provide accurate and timely information regarding all bacterial and fungal samples. In addition to being available Monday through Friday during regular working hours, we maintain reduced hours on weekends and holidays. Our team is always available to assist you with specimen submissions and cultural interpretations.
Further information about our laboratory services and sample submissions may be found in the hyperlinks below. Please call or email our laboratory with any question you may have about our services. Please remember specimens should be shipped for overnight delivery to ensure they are received in quality condition.
The Clinical pathology Lab is operational during the University’s alternate operations model.
166 Greene Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
The clinical pathology laboratory offers many routines and several specialty assays for patients in the teaching hospitals and from practitioners in private practice. Routine assays are performed daily, Monday through Friday; additionally, emergency samples are processed on weekends and holidays. Samples from private practitioners are welcome and can be mailed to the Department of Pathobiology via US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx or other package delivery couriers.
For therapeutic drug monitoring, please visit the clinical pharmacology page.
Due to the effects of the corona virus on work flow, we will be batching samples for processing until further notice. Please expect longer than usual turnaround times during this period. Please contact us with any questions or concerns at: 334-844-2797.
Thanks and be safe.
Department of Pathobiology
Information on testing for specific platelet or coagulation disorders can be found on the forms below:
- BASSET HOUND THROMBOPATHIA – Form for submission of blood samples for DNA testing.
- CONGENITAL MACROTHROMBOCYTOPENIA (BETA1-TUBULIN) – Form for submission of blood samples for DNA testing.
- GLANZMANN THROMBASTHENIA (GT) IN GREAT PYRENEES DOGS – Form for submission of blood samples for DNA testing.
- GLANZMANN THROMBASTHENIA IN OTTERHOUNDS – Form for submission of blood samples for DNA testing.
- LAD-III (LAD-I-VARIANT) IN GERMAN SHEPHERD DOGS– Form for submission of blood samples for DNA testing.
- LANDSEER THROMBOPATHIA – Form for submission of blood samples for DNA testing.
- LANDSEER THROMBOPATHIA (PRIVACY WAIVED)– Form for submission of blood samples for DNA testing.
- P2Y12 RECEPTOR PLATELET DISORDER IN GREATER SWISS MOUNTAIN DOGS – Form for submission of blood samples for DNA testing.
- SPITZ THROMBOPATHIA – Form for submission of blood samples for DNA testing.
*We utilize Adobe Acrobat Pro to construct our submission forms. In order to read, fill out, and save our forms, please ensure that you are using Adobe Reader DC or a newer version of the software. It is free, and can be downloaded here.
FOR SURGICAL PATHOLOGY
Due to alterations in staffing dictated by the current COVID-19 situation, the histopathology lab has transitioned to a twice-a-week schedule for processing of specimens. This may cause delays of up to a week in reporting of biopsy results. If you have a patient in critical condition whose care is dependent on biopsy results, please communicate that information to us in your submission and we will do everything possible to prioritize those samples.
172 Greene Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
The Department of Pathobiology offers a surgical pathology service to a broad clientele of practicing veterinarians and the Auburn University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. These academically-based services offer a panel of histochemical and immunohistochemical techniques to enhance their diagnostic and clinical research capabilities. Services are validated by the Veterinary Laboratory Association Quality Assurance Program.
Specimens received after 2:30 pm will begin processing on the following working day.
The Molecular Diagnostics Lab is operational during the University’s alternate operations model. If you have additional questions, please call 334-844-2648.
252A Greene Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
We diagnose pathogens by quantitative detection of signature nucleic acid sequences with real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methodology. Our approach to microbiological diagnostics has been featured in eBIOForum Magazine.
Our lab is based on the application of patented real-time PCR methods developed for research with intracellular Chlamydia bacteria.
Our real-time PCR delivers reliable results with rapid turnaround and results available within 24 hours after sample receipt.
For internal use only: Lab Animal Health, AU Research and Agriculture Experiment Stations (within Lee County)
Necropsy & Disposal Forms for Lab Animal Health, Auburn University Research, Raptor Center, and Agricultural Experiment Stations (within Lee County)
The Parasitology Lab is operational during the University’s alternate operations model. If you have additional questions, please call 334-844-2700.
151 Greene Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
The Parasitology Laboratory provides a variety of diagnostic services and procedures for practicing veterinarians and the Auburn University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Services available include centrifugal fecal flotation procedures, as well as a variety of other parasite recovery techniques. This laboratory is a participant in the Veterinary Laboratory Association Quality Assurance Program.
*Note: IFA for Neospora are accessioned and processed once a week, on Thursdays. If the specimen arrive after 4:45pm on Wednesday, they will not be accessioned and processed until Thursday of the following week.
*Note: Heartworm Spectrophotometry (Antigen) and Heartworm Antigen (Heat Treatment with Spectrophotometry Readout) are accessioned and processed once a week, on Fridays. If the specimen arrives after 12:00 pm on Thursday, they will not be accessioned and processed until Friday of the following week.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pythium Lab is currently operating on a restricted schedule. Beginning the week on March 16, all Pythium samples will be batch-processed on Thursdays. The current situation is fluid, and this schedule is subject to change without notice.
158 Greene Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
The Infectious Disease Laboratory within the Department of Pathobiology offers Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA) for diagnosis of Pythium insidiosum infections in dogs and horses and Apophysomyces spp. infections in dolphins. Serum samples of at least 0.5 mL should be shipped overnight with sufficient ice packs to assure receipt of cold samples. Samples are received Tuesday through Friday. Please do not ship samples on Friday. Whole blood samples cannot be accepted. An overview of the clinical history and brief description of gross lesions (if available) are required and can be placed on the submission form or on additional pages attached to the submission form. Once received, samples are normally processed and reported in two to three days.
*Note: If you are sending samples for Mucormycosis please contact the lab prior to submission, phone 334-844-2694, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAVN turnaround time is approximately 2-3 weeks from the date sample arrives.
RFFIT turnaround time is 1-2 weeks from the date sample arrives.
Vaccine titers and Diagnostic disease titers (Toxo, RMSF, etc.) are typically reported within 1 business day.
Please note that acquisition of some supplies required for testing have been delayed due to supply chain issues with our suppliers. This may cause unexpected delays in ALL testing formats.
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WE DO NOT OFFER EXPEDITED FAVN TESTING
261 Greene Hall
1130 Wire Road
Auburn University, AL 36849-5519
Contact person: Theresa Wood (Virology Lab Manager)
The Virology Laboratory at Auburn University conducts a variety of diagnostic tests for the evidence of viral, rickettsial and selected protozoan infection of companion animals. We also offer serological assays for the evidence of immune response after vaccination. Our tests are thoroughly validated and the accuracy of our results is assured by participation in the Veterinary Laboratory Association™ Quality Assurance Program.
The Virology Laboratory at Auburn University is recognized by the USDA to carry out FAVN Rabies Antibody Titer testing for export for pet travel. Please contact the laboratory for specific countries.