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Change of route for VDL Clients and Deliveries – Morning of Saturday, April 30th ONLY

Change of route for VDL Clients and Deliveries – Morning of Saturday, April 30th ONLY:

On Saturday, April 30th between 7:30am - 10:00am the VDL Client entrance off St. Mary’s Rd will not be accessible due to the Illinois Half Marathon.  It’s recommended that if you need to access the VDL during this time, take Lincoln Ave to Hazelwood Dr, you will be ushered through by event staff as race participant spacing allows and then will be directed by signage on how to access the VDL.

Please plan for delays and we appreciate your patience during this time.

Temporary change for afterhours drop-offs

Due to ongoing construction at our loading dock area, for the next 3 months we would like to stop delivery of animals over 200 pounds outside the hours of 8am-5pm Monday thru Friday or 9am-12pm Saturday.  If an emergency drop off is needed please contact the Pathologist on call or Director for approval prior to transporting the animal and its arrival. 

Inclement Weather

Due to possible inclement weather on Wednesday and Thursday, the laboratory will remain open with reduced staffing however services may be delayed.

Updated Fee Schedule

As of January 1, 2022 we have updated the Fee Schedule to include any new tests and updated fees.  Click here to view.

Illinois' Fredrickson receives APHIS Administrator's Award

'The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea announced Dr. Rick Fredrickson Jr., the Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine, as this year’s recipient of the APHIS Administrator’s Award.' 

 

Source: Morning Ag Clips

 

'WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea announced Dr. Rick Fredrickson Jr., the Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine, as this year’s recipient of the APHIS Administrator’s Award.

 

Each year APHIS presents the Administrator’s Award during the joint meeting of the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The award is presented to a USAHA or AAVLD member whose contributions have had a significant and enduring impact on animal health in the US.

 

“Dr. Fredrickson goes above and beyond the call of duty in service to both animal—and human—health,” Administrator Shea said.  “He is a dedicated researcher with nearly 20 years of public service, as well as 10 years of experience in private practice before that.”

 

As the Director of VDL, Dr. Fredrickson oversees a staff of 90 employees engaged in various types of animal health research and testing. Since becoming Director in 2011, he has tripled the number of tests, cases, and total revenue of his lab.

 

In the Spring of 2020, the University of Illinois asked Dr. Fredrickson to set up a testing site—this time for humans. He immediately rose to the challenge, obtaining the certification necessary to test human samples. Dr. Fredrickson worked many nights to ensure the COVID-19 testing site was functioning smoothly while continuing his director duties during the day. At the height of COVID, when many National Animal Health Laboratory Network labs were reporting a drop in capacity for other testing, Dr. Fredrickson’s lab reported an increased capacity for foreign animal disease testing. Additionally, Dr. Fredrickson and his team were one of the first labs to begin testing animals for COVID-19.

 

Furthermore, Dr. Fredrickson teaches at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine nurturing the next generation of researchers, veterinarians, and educators, keeping them engaged and involved in agriculture and animal health.

 

He continues to make significant contributions to our shared mission of protecting the health of U.S. animals and providing high-quality diagnostic services to the Nation. APHIS could not do its job without his work and the work of others like him throughout the country. APHIS is very grateful for his service.'

 

— USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Fee Increase on small number of tests

Due to rising input costs, there are a small number of specific tests that will have an increase in fees starting July 1, 2021

VDL CLIA Lab processes more than 2.1 million tests

The UIUC VDL CLIA Lab has processed more than 2.1 million tests since they began testing in July 2020.  By December 15, 2020 they had surpassed 1 million.  They continue to test Student, Faculty, and staff regularly.  

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