Please note any shortened hours and days of closure listed in the column to your left when shipping samples to the lab. Samples should be shipped overnight (UPS or Fed-Ex are recommended) and care should be taken to ensure that samples arrive to the lab during business hours. Packages shipped via the USPS may be delayed due to the closure of PSU during the holiday break. Please call with any questions 814-863-0837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADL accepts specimens of agricultural animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses, deer, camelids, poultry, game birds, fish, and zoo animals for testing. Dogs and cats are now being accepted for necropsy (see special instructions below*). Other companion animals, fish, and non-human primates are not currently accepted at for necropsy at ADL. Wild animal submissions must be arranged through the Pennsylvania Game Commission with the exception of animals submitted for rabies testing. Rabies suspects from all species will be accepted. No live animals will be accepted without prior approval. Specimens may be submitted on evenings or weekends in our walk-in cooler by completing the form located on our loading dock.
The Animal Diagnostic Laboratory strongly encourages the involvement of a local veterinarian with all submissions. This professional has expertise in the selecting, preparing and shipping of proper specimens and is able to assist with the implementation of any recommendations made. Local veterinarians are also in the best position to recommend and administer treatment and preventive measures should this be necessary.
The quality and appropriateness of samples submitted has a significant effect on the quality of the test results obtained. Please see the appropriate diagnostic section for guidelines regarding sample selection and handling. Specimens accepted by the laboratory for testing cannot be returned.
ADL reserves the right to determine the suitability of a sample for providing meaningful results. ADL reserves the right to perform tests for any of the diseases regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on any specimen it receives. ADL also reserves the right to perform any testing on animals submitted for necropsy that the case coordinator deems necessary for obtaining a diagnosis if specific testing guidelines have not been provided by the submitter.
*All small animal (dogs or cats only) submissions must be submitted through a referring veterinarian. The submission must be accompanied by a complete clinical history, a completed Mammalian Submission Form, and a Dog and Cat Necropsy Release Form signed by both the owner and referring veterinarian before the necropsy will be performed. All written and verbal communications will be conducted only through the referring veterinarian. The basic necropsy procedure will consist of gross and histologic examination only, and the fee must be received in advance by the laboratory via cash or credit card. Payment for additional analyses must also be received in advance. Cosmetic necropsies will not be performed and animal remains will not be returned (remains may be released directly to a crematorium at laboratory discretion).
We do not do water analysis here at the Animal Diagnostic Lab but that service is available here at Penn State University at Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory. You can get to their webpage by clicking this link: