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About the ISU VDL

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ISU VDL Mission

  • Provide comprehensive and cutting edge diagnostic services agents as fast as possible
  • Deliver accessible, timely, accurate, valid and consistent test results
  • Detect and identify emerging domestic and foreign animal disease
  • Lead efforts in disease surveillance and eradication
  • Provide educational opportunities to professional and graduate students, scientists, diagnosticians and practitioners
  • Develop state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and techniques
  • Direct or support studies to provide understanding of pathogenesis, transmission, epidemiology and control of infectious and toxicological diseases

Contact information

Telephone number: 515-294-1950
After-hours telephone: 515-290-1969 (VDL after-hours technicians)
515-294-1500 (Veterinary Teaching Hospital)
FAX numbers:

515-294-3564 (Main Office)
515-294-6961 (FAX submission forms to this number)

Email: isuvdlv@iastate.edu

Mailing address

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
College of Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University
1600 South 16th St
Ames, IA 50011-1250

 
Print an address label    ISU VDL address label

Laboratory business hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

University holidays

  • Jan 1 (Wed) - lab closed, no mail
  • Jan 20 (Mon) - lab closed, no mail, HATS open - afternoon run only

After-hours emergency service is available on weeknights, weekends, and during University holidays by calling our on-call student at 515-290-1969 who can assist and also provide access to diagnostic pathologists and toxicologists.

VDPAM Organizational Chart

   Click here to view the chart

After-hours emergency services

After-hours emergency service is available on weeknights, weekends, and during University holidays by calling our on-call student at 515-290-1969 who can assist and also provide access to diagnostic pathologists and toxicologists.

After-hours submissions

Delivery of specimens to the ISU Vet Diagnostic Lab after business hours can be placed directly in a refrigerator located inside the VDL submission door foyer.

After entering the foyer, follow the procedure below for unlocking the refrigerator and leaving samples for submission:

  • Paperwork MUST accompany the submission.  If you do not have paperwork completed, please do so with the forms provided and place the submission form with the sample(s). 
  • Place the sample into the refrigerator in the foyer.
  • Log your submission on the log sheet provided.  Please fill out as much information as possible, so we can contact the submitting veterinarian if there are questions.

Laboratory location

See driving directions and a map to the VDL and the college of Vet Med here.
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