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Molecular Pathology



Iowa State University Department of Veterinary Pathology is now offering highly reliable and stringently controlled molecular diagnostics.  Currently this includes quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) analysis to diagnose Brucella canis and Leishmania infection.  Please check this site frequently as other tests are likely to be offered in the near future.

What services do we provide?

Molecular Pathology Submission Form


Pricing as of August 2010

Brucella canis - $35.00/specimen

Extra Charge for Tissue Extraction - $15.00/tissue


Specimen Submission

Brucella canis testing:  Vaginal Swabs (in 0.5 ml Saline) for female dogs or Urine samples for male dogs are the preferred specimen of choice.

To better aid in the detection of Brucella canis, a submission of both a systemic whole blood sample (EDTA) and a tissue-based sample (urines for males and vaginal swab for females) would provide more diagnostic information.


Acceptable specimens:  Vaginal Swabs, Urine, EDTA Whole Blood, Semen or Tissue


Ship all specimens by overnight carrier, Monday through Thursday. 

NO Weekend Deliveries will be accepted.

Specimens sent via mail or other carrier are required by law to be in a leak proof container, placed in a sealed bag with absorbent material suitable for absorbing a leak, and surrounded by a hard container (cardboard box) to protect it from impact.  The visible part of the mailing container must include the destination and return address.  The shipper has the responsibility to package these specimens in the manner described.


Performed on the third Thursday of the month.

Samples must be received in the Clinical Pathology Lab no later than noon on Wednesday to be tested that week.  Results will be available by 5:00 on Thursday.

Contact Information

For Results and General Inquiries:
Telephone: 515-294-0957
Fax: 515-294-6906
Postal address: 1798 Veterinary Medicine, 1600 S. 16th St., Ames, IA 50011
Email: pgfisher@iastate.edu