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Memorial Day

The University of Illinois VDL in Urbana will be closed on Monday, 

May 27th observing Memorial Day. For emergencies please

contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620.

HPAI Sample Submission and Testing Information

 

Interstate movement of lactating dairy cattle

Milk is the only acceptable sample.  Nasal swabs are not acceptable.

Premises ID (PIN) is required on submission forms.

Samples must be tested through an approved NAHLN lab; our VDL is the NAHLN lab for Illinois.

Premovement testing of non-clinical animals does not need a FADI (Foreign Animal Disease Investigation) number.

 

Cows with potential H5N1 clinical symptoms

Referring veterinarian/clinic must obtain FADI number from State Veterinarian’s office or AVIC’s office prior to submission to the lab.  For Illinois, State Veterinarian’ office: 217-782-4944 or AVIC’s office: 217-547-6030.

 

 

Interstate movement of non-lactating dairy cattle

( if required by destination state; also check IDOA website below)

Nasal swabs are acceptable samples

Nasal swabs cannot be pooled

 

Sample submission

Milk:

Submit individual milk samples (3-10 ml each) in a leak-proof container such as a screw cap tube.

Milk samples can be tested individually or in pools as needed; Pooling must be done at the lab

based on the smallest epi unit (a maximum of 5 samples per pool). 

Milk must be collected from all quarters of the udder; such sample from a single animal is considered as one individual sample.

Ship on ice within 24 hours of collection.

 

Nasal swabs:

Submit individual swabs

Use Polyester/Dacron/Flocked swabs; Keep moist with a few drops of sterile saline to prevent drying out during transport (Cotton tipped swabs or swabs immersed in any gel or liquid medium are not suitable for PCR testing).

Ship on ice within 24 hours of collection.

 

Sample Testing and cost

Matrix PCR is performed first, followed by H5 PCR on Matrix non-negative samples. 

In the case of pool testing, individual samples from non-negative Matrix pools will be tested for Matrix followed by H5 as needed.

All presumptive positive samples will be sent to NVSL for further testing (Virus isolation, sequencing etc.) at no cost to the clients.

 

Movement testing of non-clinical dairy cows as well FADI testing of potentially clinical cows is funded by USDA/APHIS.

 

Turnaround times:

Interstate Movement samples: 3 days

FADI samples: Varies depending on the priority status determined by the State Veterinarian’s office

NVSL turnaround times vary, usually 1 week minimum for confirmatory PCR/sequencing; virus isolation takes longer.

 

Resources:

IDOA guidance document for premovement testing: https://agr.illinois.gov/animals/animalhealth/alerts-and-important-animal-health-information.html

 

APHIS Requirements and Recommendations for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 Virus in Livestock For State Animal Health Officials, Accredited Veterinarians and Producers (April 26, 2024):

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/sites/default/files/aphis-requirements-recommendations-hpai-livestock.pdf

HPAI found in ruminants

A highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been identified in dairy cattle on farms in Texas and Kansas and we want to make sure that you are aware of the most recent information and updates provided through the following websites:

 

Highly pathogenic avian influenza found in Texas, Kansas dairy cattle | American Veterinary Medical Association (avma.org)

 

We will be monitoring the situation and reporting any suspected cases we receive to the USDA.

 

Additional Informational articles:

Contact the VDL Business Office if you have additional questions: 217-333-1620

Canine Respiratory Disease Outbreak

Canine Respiratory Disease Outbreak

Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

College of Veterinary Medicine

 

We are recommending that if you have a suspect case that you take two oropharyngeal swabs (one synthetic swab in saline or PBS and a bacterial transport swab - AMIES swab) or tracheal wash for detection of known respiratory bacterial and viral pathogens.

 

We will run our routine viral testing for Influenza A, COVID, CAdV 1 and 2 CHV1, CDV. If appropriate, 16S rRNA sequencing and whole genome sequencing can be done. We will do routine bacterial culture and mycoplasma PCR including M. cynos. Blood in EDTA and serum would be helpful for further investigation.

 

If you have necropsy tissue lung, trachea, bronchial lymph node and spleen should be submitted refrigerated or cooled on ice and as well as formalin fixed tissue for histopathology. Regular testing fees will apply.  

 

If you have questions, please contact us at 217-333-1620 or email vdloffice@vetmed.illinois.edu

 

Christmas & New Years 2023

The University of Illinois VDL will be closed on Monday,

December 25th & January 1st observing Christmas Holiday and New Year’s Day.

On Tuesday, December 26th the lab is open with reduced services.

For emergencies, please contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620.

Thanksgiving 2023

The University of Illinois VDL will be closed on
Thursday and Friday, November 23rd & 24th
, observing the Thanksgiving Holiday.
For emergencies, please contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620.

Labor Day

The University of Illinois VDL will be closed on Monday,

September 4th in observance of Labor Day. For emergencies please

contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620.

Independence Day

The University of Illinois VDL in Urbana will be closed on

Tuesday, July 4th observing Independence Day.

For emergencies, please contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620.

Juneteenth

The University of Illinois VDL in Urbana will be closed on Monday,

June 19th observing Juneteenth. For emergencies please

contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620.

Memorial Day

The University of Illinois VDL in Urbana will be closed on Monday, 

May 29th observing Memorial Day. For emergencies please

contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620.

VDL Client Survey

Dear University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Clients:

 

Thank you for choosing us for your laboratory testing needs. To maintain the highest level of service to you, we would appreciate your feedback on a variety of questions. We expect this survey to take no more than 10 minutes to complete. If you would like us to respond to your feedback, please ensure your contact information is included. We encourage each veterinarian in your practice to complete and return a survey.

 

We value your honest opinion and insight. Thank you again for your time in completing the survey. 

 

Here is a link: VDL Client Survey

 

We hope it will result in suggestions that will enable us to better serve you.

Please call to schedule your live animal submission drop-off

ANNOUNCEMENT:

We are no longer accepting live animals. Submission of live animal(s)

   would need to be arranged beforehand with the Receiving Department.

   Please call 217-244-7630 to schedule a drop-off.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The University of Illinois VDL will be closed on Monday,

January 16th observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For emergencies please contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620.

Christmas and New Year's Day

The University of Illinois VDL will be closed on 
December 26th and January 2nd
observing the 
Christmas Holiday and New Year’s Day.
On the following days the lab is open with reduced staffing:
December 27th and 28th
For emergencies, please contact 
the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620
 

Thanksgiving

The University of Illinois VDL will be closed on

Thursday November 24th observing Thanksgiving.

On Friday November 25th the lab is open with reduced staffing.

For emergencies, please contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620.

 

Election Day

The University of Illinois VDL will be minimally staffed

Tuesday, November 8th observing Election Day.

For emergencies please contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620

or the Receiving Department for submissions at 217-244-7630.

Independence Day

The University of Illinois VDL will be closed on Monday, 

July 4th observing Independence Day. For emergencies please

contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620.

Juneteenth Holiday

The University of Illinois VDL will be observing Juneteenth on Friday, June 17th. 

The lab will be closed this day and will reopen on Saturday, June 18th.

For emergencies please contact the on-call Pathologist at 217-333-1620

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.

Inclement Weather

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

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.