Pharmacology Analytical Support Team (PhAST)

VDL Analytical Services group

PhAST (Pharmacology Analytical Support Team) is composed of veterinary clinical pharmacologists and toxicologists supported by analytical chemists. The group is centered around a laboratory facility with a focus on high throughput analyses intended to quantify exogenous and endogenous compounds (e.g. drugs, toxins and biomarkers) in organic matrices. PhAST is developing innovative analytical methods that will provide rapid analytical support for livestock producers aimed at 1) improving the health and welfare of livestock and 2) safeguarding international trade agreements and public health. PhAST also provides analytical services in support of multiple sample, known analyte, pharmacological and toxicological research for academic, industry, and government entities.

PhAST is committed to offering a professional service characterized by accurate analysis of batches of submitted research samples with a commitment to a short turnaround time (less than 90 days).

PHARMACOLOGY ANALYTICAL SUPPORT TEAM POINTS OF PRIDE

  • We are the first unit within a Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to offer confirmatory drug residue testing for practitioners

  • We are the first unit within a Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to offer analytical support for pharmacology researchers

  • We were the first lab to do anabolic steroid testing in horses in the USA

  • We are still the only US lab that offers steroid profiling by GC/MS

  • We have an assay that can screen for 300 + compounds in a single run

  • We are the only lab with a resident board-certified veterinary clinical pharmacologist on staff

  • We have 5 staff members each with over 20 years racing lab experience

  • We are large enough to offer complete testing capabilities, small enough to offer individualized customer service to the client