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Posted during the past 12 months

   


Shipping Violation Alert!
7/6/2018

If you are re-using boxes from your clinic to ship specimens to us using our label program, UPS is requiring that the AHDC notify all clients of the potential shipping violations below.  As sorting mechanisms become more automated, the stray exterior marks on boxes can cause them to be routed inappropriately, causing violations for UPS with the FAA. 

UPS fines us for every violation that occurs with boxes using our labels and we unfortunately must pass that cost on to you.  Additionally, they will return the box to you if the symbols below are visible on your reused box, costing you money in terms of replacement labels and/or specimens plus a penalty fee of $50 and testing delays.  If we continue to receive violations from UPS, they may drop us from their label program.  Please help us remain compliant and continue this valuable service to you.

PLEASE CHECK ALL SIX (6) SIDES OF YOUR BOX BEFORE SHIPPING.
 
The symbols below are violations and CANNOT be on a box using an AHDC shipping label.  Please remove, cover, or select a different box for your shipping needs. 
 
                     


       Air Limited Quantity                       Ground Limited Quantity


Heat Warning
7/6/2018

Please be advised that due to extreme heat being experienced over the central and eastern United States, the AHDC recommends that you remove serum from clot tubes or serum separator tubes prior to shipping to avoid hemolysis and that you increase ice pack use for sample shipping.

Blood Lead Analysis
7/6/2018

AHDC laboratory methodology for blood lead is not affected by the issue described in the 3/22/18 alert from BD Life Sciences related to BD vacutainer tubes, and the original alert from the FDA released on 5/17/2017, which can be viewed at https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/alertsandNotices/ucm558733.htm  Our laboratory has not used the named brand of blood lead analyzer, nor does it use an affected methodology.
 
Thank you for your continued confidence in our laboratory.  We are always happy to address questions related to testing methodology or reliability.

ISO Accreditation of Molecular Respiratory Panels
7/6/2018

Our canine, equine and feline respiratory PCR panels are now accredited by A2LA to ISO/IEC 17025 (Cert#2880.01), further ensuring your test results are of the highest possible accuracy and reliability. ISO/IEC 17025 is an internationally recognized standard of quality that complements the laboratory's accredited status by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD).

Meet Our Team at the AABP Conference
7/6/2018

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be at booth #924 at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Conference in Phoenix, AZ, September 13th-14th. Please stop by to see what's new at the AHDC and register for a chance to win a prize!

Surgical Biopsy Changes
6/11/2018

Starting June 1st, the Anatomic Pathology Surgical Service is offering two options for biopsy reports:
Standard and Diagnosis-Only

The Diagnosis-Only report is offered at the current biopsy price of $66.50, while the price for the Standard report is $80. Practitioners are encouraged to consider the Diagnosis-Only option for routine cutaneous and subcutaneous masses, as well as oral, nasal, and needle biopsies.

The Standard report is equivalent to the current biopsy report and includes a histologic diagnosis, comments and a complete histologic description of submitted samples including assessment of surgical margins (when applicable).

The Diagnosis-Only report is shorter and includes a histologic diagnosis and a brief comment including assessment of surgical margins (when applicable), but does not include a histologic description of the submitted sample.  The Diagnosis-Only option is not available for complex cases such as whole organs, amputations, surgical margin revisions, samples that require decalcification, and specialty consultations (liver or dermatopathology). 

Note: The Dermatopathology consult fee increased to $30.00.

False Positive Ear Notch ACE Tests
6/8/2018

Recently, the AHDC has received ear notch specimens for BVDV antigen capture ELISA (ACE) testing that produced a yellow color in the extraction buffer.  The color of the substrate used in the ACE test is also yellow.  As a result, a high per cent of the samples were scored as low positive in the test.  Additional testing indicated the samples were negative.  We suspect that an iodine solution made its way onto the specimens.  We strongly recommend not permitting the ear notches to come in contact with any product that could generate a color in the test fluid.

Phone Messages for the AHDC
6/8/2018

Consultations with clients on test strategies, sample selection, and test interpretations are essential activities of AHDC professional staff to serve you best for the benefit of your patients. Frequently your initial inquiry reaches us via phone message. To deliver best possible service and avoid delays in our response, we offer the following suggestions for you when you leave a message:

  • Start your message by providing your name - eventually spelled out, and phone number, best repeated slowly.  If your practice has a phone message system, please indicate which option we should choose when we call you back.
  • In just a few words, give us the necessary information on how to best direct your inquiry within the AHDC. If you call regarding a current case, tell us the accession number.

Providing the above information in your message will enhance our ability to respond best and in the most timely fashion.


Brucella abortus Serology Testing Changes
6/8/2018

As of June 1, 2018, the AHDC will no longer offer the Brucella abortus Plate Agglutination test or the Brucella abortus Tube Agglutination test.  Due to a regulation change of select export requirements in 2017, the need for this testing has been minimal over the past year.  If one of these two tests are deemed necessary and either the Brucella abortus Card Agglutination test or Fluorescence Polarization Assay (FPA) test is not an acceptable replacement, we will refer the sample(s) to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa to meet the testing requirements.

Meet Our Team at the ACVIM Conference
6/8/2018

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be at booth #724 at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Conference June 14th-16th. Please stop by to see what's new at the AHDC and register for a chance to win a prize!

Surgical Biopsy Changes
5/16/2018

Starting June 1st, the Anatomic Pathology Surgical Service will offer two options for biopsy reports:
Standard and Diagnosis-Only

The Diagnosis-Only report will be offered at the current biopsy price of $66.50, while the price for the Standard report will be $80. Practitioners are encouraged to consider the Diagnosis-Only option for routine cutaneous and subcutaneous masses,as well as oral, nasal, and needle biopsies.

The Standard report is equivalent to the current biopsy report and includes a histologic diagnosis, comments and a complete histologic description of submitted samples including assessment of surgical margins (when applicable).
The Diagnosis-Only report will be shorter and will include a histologic diagnosis and a brief comment including assessment of surgical margins (when applicable), but will not  include a histologic description of the submitted sample.  The Diagnosis-Only option will not be available for complex cases such as whole organs, amputations, surgical margin revisions, samples that require decalcification, and specialty consultations (liver or dermatopathology). 

Note: The Dermatopathology consults fee will be increasing to $30.00.

Bovine Virus Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) Antigen Capture ELISA (BVDACE) - SERUM Samples
5/16/2018

When testing serum on the BVDACE test, the animal MUST be at least 61 days old. If no animal age is given on the submission form, testing will be delayed until we are able to obtain animal age. Please remember to indicate animal age on the submission form for all serum samples in order to expedite test results.

Equine Arteritis Virus (EAV) Isolation on Semen
5/15/2018

Contact Regulatory Affairs (607-253-4141) prior to semen collection as laboratory requires notification in advance to prepare cell cultures for testing.  If not shipped overnight, semen must be frozen immediately and shipped frozen. Minimum sample volume is 7ml and routine test days are Tuesday - Friday.  As a biological assay we do not guarantee test results being available on any given day. Cost is $110.25/sample.

EIA Season Reminders
5/15/2018

The AHDC uses the ELISA test as the default test for EIA. This decision was based on user demand and faster test turnaround time.
 
The AHDC will only perform the EIA AGID test when:
  • A Global VetLink electronic submission form is used and AGID is requested; OR
  • An AGID test is specifically requested AND the Export box is checked on the submission form If the AGID test is being requested in anticipation of potential travel of the horse, please check the EXPORT box.
The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will not be held responsible for reviewing animal identification provided on EIA submission forms that does not adequately identify the horse. Poor animal identification provided on EIA forms may prevent those documents from being matched with horses and may result in refusal of entry at events, animals not being allowed to cross regulatory borders, or movement not being permitted by brand inspectors. It is the responsibility of the veterinarian completing the document to ensure that descriptions provided will uniquely identify the horse for the purpose of animal movement and the needs of the owner. The USDA has developed a guidance document for identifying horses which can be found here.  Contact your state animal health officials or USDA District Office for additional assistance.

When filling out official Coggins (EIA) forms to submit samples to the laboratory, please take into consideration that these are multi part forms and require additional pressure to make sure all copies are legible. Please also review forms for completeness to avoid possibly delayed results. The AHDC is a Global VetLink laboratory for electronic submissions. More information can be obtained here.
All official EIA forms (except for electronically submitted forms) are returned by US Mail. For STAT testing please call the lab and make arrangements for this service (607-253-3900). Additional fees will apply.

Request to correct animal and/or owner demographics after release of results, requiring us to recall and amend previously distributed reports, will result in a $10 surcharge.

Specialty Liver Services
4/1/2018

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center now offers an enhanced liver consultation service structured to provide you access to the expertise you expect from Cornell with the customer service responsiveness you desire.  Requests for liver consultations from Dr. Sean McDonough will be available through the AHDC Client Portal under the Orders section. Dr. McDonough, DVM'81 (Colorado State University), PhD'96 (UC Davis), DACVP'92 has developed significant expertise in hepatopathology through his research and service work as a faculty member of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine since 1997. 
 
Dr. McDonough's specialty diagnostic services include review of a panel of histochemical stains assembled in addition to the routine H&E stain to greatly enhance the interpretation of liver biopsies. A reticulin stain helps assess hepatic architecture, aids in recognition of proliferative foci and defines areas of parenchymal collapse and/or extinction. Masson's trichrome for fibrillar collagen demonstrates the amount and distribution of fibrosis, complements the reticulin stain in evaluating liver architecture and accentuates individual necrotic hepatocytes. Although hemochromatosis is rare in dogs and cats, the Perls Prussian blue stain for iron is useful for mapping areas of inflammation, identifying Kupffer cell iron sequestration, and aids in proper identification of various pigments (lipofuscin, hemosiderin, bile). Staining sections for copper (Rhodanine) is essential to determine the need for chelation therapy. Significant copper accumulation is often detected serendipitously when the liver is biopsied for another reason. Clients can also request an additional Digital Copper Quantification (DCQ) from Dr. McDonough at the time of submission.  The consultation is $217 and the DCQ is an additional $60. 

A limited number of consultations are available weekly. Clients must complete the on-line form in order to reserve a consultation.  The completed form must be included in the box with the specimen.  If you have not signed up for the portal, please click here to begin the process. Liver biopsies that have not gone through this process will receive a standard liver biopsy interpretation of H&E stained sections by the pathologist on duty in the week received.
 
Additional details and specimen requirements can be found at http://bit.ly/AHDCLiverBiopsy
 
Requests for consultation with Dr. Sharon Center will no longer be handled by the AHDC. Dr. Center can be reached at 607-253-3060 or sac6@cornell.edu

Phone Messages/Calls for the AHDC
4/1/2018

Consultations with clients on test strategies, sample selection, and test interpretations are essential activities of AHDC professional staff to serve you best for the benefit of your patients.  Frequently your initial inquiry reaches us via phone message. To deliver best possible service and avoid delays in our response, we offer the following suggestions for you when you leave a message:

  • Start your message by providing your name  - eventually spelled out - and phone number, best repeated slowly. If your practice has a phone message system, please indicate which option we should choose when we call you back. 
  • In just a few words, give us the necessary information on how to best direct your inquiry within the AHDC. If you call regarding a current case, tell us the accession number.

Often we receive phone calls that begins "I spoke to someone about ..." The call usually deals with an outcome that was not anticipated following the information received from "someone". The AHDC has multiple entry points from which information is disseminated so identifying "someone" is not possible. We need to understand cases of miscommunication so that if incorrect information was given, we can do some retraining to correct the problem. When accessing the AHDC by way of a phone call, be certain to record the name of the individual who is providing you with the requested information. With that information, we can address any discrepancies between expectations and performance of the AHDC in the subsequent phone call.

Surgical Biopsy Changes
4/1/2018

Starting May 1st, the Anatomic Pathology Surgical Service will offer two options for biopsy reports:
Standard and Diagnosis-Only

The Diagnosis-Only report will be offered at the current biopsy price of $66.50, while the price for the Standard report will be $80. Practitioners are encouraged to consider the Diagnosis-Only option for routine cutaneous and subcutaneous masses,as well as oral, nasal, and needle biopsies.

The Standard report is equivalent to the current biopsy report and includes a histologic diagnosis, comments and a complete histologic description of submitted samples including assessment of surgical margins (when applicable).

The Diagnosis-Only report will be shorter and will include a histologic diagnosis and a brief comment including assessment of surgical margins (when applicable), but will not  include a histologic description of the submitted sample.  The Diagnosis-Only option will not be available for complex cases such as whole organs, amputations, surgical margin revisions, samples that require decalcification, and specialty consultations (liver or dermatopathology).

Change in Test Schedule: Von Willebrand Assay
4/1/2018

The Von Willebrand assay (VWF:Ag ELISA) new test schedule is Monday-Wednesday-Friday morning. This change better matches our testing schedule with courier deliveries to improve workflow and allow consistent assay and reporting times.

  • Test turnaround time will remain 1 to 3 business days.
  • Most submissions will be assayed within 1 business day.
  • Reports will be available by 2 PM (Eastern time zone) on test days.

Turnaround for Molecular Testing
4/1/2018

The Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory is providing faster turnaround. Results for most PCR tests are now reported 1 or 2 business days after sample and test request are received. Same day results remain available for samples and test requests received by noon for an additional STAT fee of $50.00/test.

Turnaround times for Johne's fecal testing and the genetic tests for PHPT, CSS and SPAID did not change and are available at: https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/test/Index.aspx

STAT Testing
To ensure that STAT samples that arrive before noon are reported by the end of the day, you must:

  1. Write "STAT" clearly on the submission form;
  2. Label "STAT" in large red font on all sides of the shipping box; and
  3. Email MolecularSTAT@cornell.edu with the tracking number of the package and your submission form.

Samples received after 12 noon will be processed the next business day with results available at the end of that day. Please contact the lab at (607) 253-3900 if results are needed on a weekend, holiday, or when the lab is normally closed, to check availability and to determine the additional fees to be applied.

New Ruminant Susceptibility Panel Coming Soon!
4/1/2018

To improve service to our clients, the Bacteriology laboratory will be offering a new antimicrobial susceptibility panel for organisms isolated from bovine, porcine and other ruminant animal samples starting in April 2018. This updated panel includes testing for newer antibiotics such as Gamithromycin and Tildipirosin.  This panel also features updated breakpoint ranges for tilmicosin, tulathromycin and tiamulin to meet the latest standards designated by CLSI, as well the consolidation of tetracycline agents.

Please refer to this chart for currently available antimicrobial susceptibility panels offered at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center.

Bacteriology Culture and Patient Histories
4/1/2018

Accurate patient histories provided with sample submissions are incredibly important to help the Bacteriology lab provide our clients with the best possible guidance toward diagnosis of disease. Including present and past history in relation to the current event, such as any antimicrobial treatments or previous testing, will allow us to comprehensively interpret culture results.  Organisms that may not be significant in a clinically "normal" specimen could be viewed with much more importance in an animal with a chronic disease, recurrent infection or immunocompromised state of health.  Certain types of medical situations may also benefit from a longer culture incubation period if the laboratory has knowledge of this, allowing for recovery of slow-growing pathogens that may otherwise be missed.

Bovine Virus Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) Antigen Capture ELISA (BVDACE) - SERUM Samples
4/1/2018

When testing serum on the BVDACE test, the animal MUST be at least 61 days old. If no animal age is given on the submission form, testing will be delayed until we are able to obtain animal age. Please remember to indicate animal age on the submission form for all serum samples in order to expedite test results.

Spring 2018 - New York State Veterinary Conference
4/1/2018

Join veterinary professionals from across New York State at the 2018 Spring Veterinary Conference Friday, May 4 through Sunday, May 6, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY. This continuing education event focuses on companion animal health and medicine with lectures and laboratories eligible for both Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians CE Credits. This year's theme is Urban Medicine: more information on the schedule & speakers is available on the website.

Phone Messages for the AHDC
3/8/2018

Consultations with clients on test strategies, sample selection, and test interpretations are essential activities of AHDC professional staff to serve you best for the benefit of your patients.  Frequently your initial inquiry reaches us via phone message. To deliver best possible service and avoid delays in our response, we offer the following suggestions for you when you leave a message:

  • Start your message by providing your name  - eventually spelled out - and phone number, best repeated slowly. If your practice has a phone message system, please indicate which option we should choose when we call you back. 
  • In just a few words, give us the necessary information on how to best direct your inquiry within the AHDC. If you call regarding a current case, tell us the accession number.

Providing the above information in your message will enhance our ability to respond best and in the most timely fashion. 

Meet Our Team at the WVC
2/12/2018

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be at booth #1129 at the Western Veterinary Conference March 5th-7th. Please stop by to see what's new at the AHDC and register for a chance to win a prize!

Forensic Services
2/12/2018

We frequently receive requests to provide pathology and/or toxicology services for legal and/or insurance cases that go above and beyond our standard protocols.  Beginning in January 2018, additional fees may be assessed on these types of requests:
 
Forensic Necropsy:  $475 in addition to standard necropsy charge.
Forensic Toxicology:  $75 in addition to standard testing fees
* Non-profits and governmental offices are exempt from these fees
Chain of Custody request:  $35 per accession
 
Additional information related to these charges will become available on our website later this month. 

Current Animal Health News - A Recent Feature on our Website
1/18/2018

Check out our recent Spotlight feature on our home page called "Current Animal Health News" in which we post short notes on relevant AHDC diagnostic findings. We are featuring novel diagnoses, high consequence diagnostic results, seasonal animal illnesses and other findings of interest.
 
The last posted item title appears under the Spotlight on our homepage. Clicking for more information takes you to the latest notice with posting date, state of origin if pertinent, and brief description. Scroll down to view all recent notices.

Forensic Services
1/18/2018

We frequently receive requests to provide pathology and/or toxicology services for legal and/or insurance cases that go above and beyond our standard protocols.  Beginning in January 2018, additional fees may be assessed on these types of requests:
 
Forensic Necropsy:  $475 in addition to standard necropsy charge.
Forensic Toxicology:  $75 in addition to standard testing fees
* Non-profits and governmental offices are exempt from these fees
Chain of Custody request:  $35 per accession
 
Additional information related to these charges will become available on our website later this month.

Specialty Liver Service
1/18/2018

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center now offers an enhanced liver consultation service structured to provide you access to the expertise you expect from Cornell with the customer service responsiveness you desire.  Requests for liver consultations from Dr. Sean McDonough will be available through a scheduling process with our Client Resource Team. Dr. McDonough, DVM'81 (Colorado State University), PhD'96 (UC Davis), DACVP'92 has developed significant expertise in hepatopathology through his research and service work as a faculty member of Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine since 1997.  
 
Dr. McDonough's specialty diagnostic services include review of a panel of histochemical stains assembled in addition to the routine H&E stain to greatly enhance the interpretation of liver biopsies. A reticulin stain helps assess hepatic architecture, aids in recognition of proliferative foci and defines areas of parenchymal collapse and/or extinction. Masson's trichrome for fibrillar collagen demonstrates the amount and distribution of fibrosis, complements the reticulin stain in evaluating liver architecture and accentuates individual necrotic hepatocytes. Although hemochromatosis is rare in dogs and cats, the Perls Prussian blue stain for iron is useful for mapping areas of inflammation, identifying Kupffer cell iron sequestration, and aids in proper identification of various pigments (lipofuscin, hemosiderin, bile). Staining sections for copper (Rhodanine) is essential to determine the need for chelation therapy. Significant copper accumulation is often detected serendipitously when the liver is biopsied for another reason. Clients can also request an additional Digital Copper Quantification (DCQ) from Dr. McDonough at the time of submission.  The consultation is $217 and the DCQ is an additional $60.

A limited number of consultations are available weekly. Clients must contact the AHDC Client Resource Team at 607-253-3319 prior to submission. Later in January, you will be able to request your consultation through our web portal.  If you are already signed up for the portal to access results, the request option will appear in the same area.  If you have not signed up for the portal, please click here to begin the process. Liver biopsies that have not gone through this process will receive a standard liver biopsy interpretation of H&E stained sections by the pathologist on duty in the week received.
 
Additional details and specimen requirements can be found at http://bit.ly/AHDCLiverBiopsy
  
Requests for consultation with Dr. Sharon Center will no longer be handled by the AHDC. Dr. Center can be reached at 607-253-3060 or sac6@cornell.edu

Cold Weather Shipping
1/18/2018

Samples transported over the colder months risk being frozen if they are not packed and shipped properly. Even 10% neutral buffered formalin will freeze in harsh winter weather.  To prevent samples from freezing, even in insulated containers, add room temperature (unchilled) cold packs to increase the ambient mass.  This will reduce the temperature decline during transit, however is not a guarantee against freezing if extended cold exposure occurs. For critical samples that cannot be exposed to extreme cold, consider delaying the shipment or find alternative means to deliver the specimens to the laboratory.  
 
When sending swabs in aerobic transport media, serum and other specimens that should be refrigerated, ensure a cold freezer pack is placed in the same compartment with them.  If breakable items are packaged with hard frozen packs, some padding or dividers must be placed between the freezer pack(s) and the breakable items.   
 
Thermal bubble pouches and small thermal mailers are available from our shipping department, along with other shipping supplies provided for your convenience.  Please see https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/docs/Diagnostic_Supply_Order_Form.pdf

New Chemistry in Clinical Pathology
12/6/2017

As of Nov 20th 2017, we have changed over to a new chemistry analyzer and established new reference intervals for dogs, cats, horses and cattle. We have modified our reference intervals, based on correlations between the old and new analyzer, for goats and alpacas. 
 
The new intervals are shown on our webpage: https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/sects/clinpath/reference/chem.cfm
We have also modified (e.g. bile acids) or removed (e.g. lipase) some automatically added comments to some of our tests based on either the use of an updated method (e.g. bile acids) or establishment of new intervals (e.g. lipase, serum amyloid A).

2017/18 Winter Holiday Schedule
12/6/2017

The Diagnostic Lab will be closed on Monday, December 25th and Monday, January 1st.  Please be aware of this and avoid shipping any specimens for arrival on those days.  Reduced hours for the week between the holidays are below.  Thank you for your understanding and flexibility in allowing our employees to enjoy the holiday season with their families.
 
Saturday, December 23rd
Open 9AM-1PM
Monday, December 25th
CLOSED
Tuesday-Friday, 
December 26th-29th
Open 8AM-3PM
Saturday, December 30th
Open 9AM-1PM
Monday, January 1st
CLOSED

Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday, January 2nd.  Please contact the lab directly with any questions, and enjoy your holidays!

Meet Our Team at the NAVC
12/6/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be at booth #4320 at the North American Veterinary Community Conference February 3rd - 7th. Please stop by to see what's new at the AHDC and register for a chance to win a prize!

AHDC Operations
11/21/2017

Apologies!  Cornell suffered major systems failure November 13-16.  We are still assessing the impact.  We are very sorry if you were unable to reach us or if your results were delayed.  If you are in need of assistance or information and are unable to reach us by phone, please email our general information request email diagcenter@cornell.edu and provide your telephone number.  We will respond promptly!  Thank you for your continued support of the AHDC.

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
11/21/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be closed Thursday, November 23rd for the holiday. The lab will be open Friday, November 24th -  8AM - 3PM and Saturday, November 25th - 9AM - 1PM.
 
Normal operating hours will resume Monday, November 27th. Please contact the lab directly with any questions, and enjoy your holiday!

Cold Weather Shipping
11/21/2017

Samples transported over the colder months risk being frozen if they are not packed and shipped properly. Even 10% neutral buffered formalin will freeze in harsh winter weather.  To prevent samples from freezing, even in insulated containers, add room temperature (unchilled) cold packs to increase the ambient mass.  This will reduce the temperature decline during transit, however is not a guarantee against freezing if extended cold exposure occurs. For critical samples that cannot be exposed to extreme cold, consider delaying the shipment or find alternative means to deliver the specimens to the laboratory. 
 
When sending swabs in aerobic transport media, serum and other specimens that should be refrigerated, ensure a cold freezer pack is placed in the same compartment with them.  If breakable items are packaged with hard frozen packs, some padding or dividers must be placed between the freezer pack(s) and the breakable items.  
 
Thermal bubble pouches and small thermal mailers are available from our shipping department, along with other shipping supplies provided for your convenience.  Please see https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/docs/Diagnostic_Supply_Order_Form.pdf

Transport Media Guidelines
11/21/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center highly recommends the use of transport media for bacterial cultures.  These products are designed to maintain viability of any organism that may be present in the sample during transit to the lab.  Most types of transport media will maintain viability of bacteria for 24-72 hours.  Please be aware that survival of bacteria, regardless of the brand of transport medium, depends on many factors including duration of transport, storage temperatures, and concentration of bacteria in the sample.  Once the sample has been collected, it should be transported to the lab as soon as possible for processing.
 
If a sample in transport medium is submitted more than three days post collection, or if a collection date was not indicated, the following comment will be added to the report:   "The collection date was not indicated, or there was delay from the time of collection until the sample was received in the lab.  An extended period of time may adversely affect sample quality and culture results."
 
If a sample is submitted using inappropriate or without the use of transport media, the following comment will be added to the report:  "This specimen was received without the recommended transport media.  This may negatively impact the recovery of significant pathogens."
 
Please contact the laboratory to either order or inquire about appropriate transport medium for your submission.  Current prices for transport media can be found on our supply request form.

Bacteriology Culture and Patient Histories
11/21/2017

Accurate patient histories provided with sample submissions are incredibly important to help the Bacteriology lab provide our clients with the best possible guidance toward diagnosis of disease.  Including present and past history in relation to the current event, such as any antimicrobial treatments or previous testing, will allow us to comprehensively interpret culture results.  Organisms that may not be significant in a clinically "normal" specimen could be viewed with much more importance in an animal with a chronic disease or immunocompromised state of health.  Certain types of medical situations may also benefit from a longer culture incubation period if the laboratory has knowledge of this, allowing for recovery of slow-growing pathogens that may otherwise be missed.

Current Animal Health News - A Recent Feature on our Website
11/21/2017

Check out our recent Spotlight feature on our home page called "Current Animal Health News" in which we post short notes on relevant AHDC diagnostic findings. We are featuring novel diagnoses, high consequence diagnostic results, seasonal animal illnesses and other findings of interest.
 
The last posted item title appears under the Spotlight on our homepage. Clicking for more information takes you to the latest notice with posting date, state of origin if pertinent, and brief description. Scroll down to view all recent notices.

Meet Our Team at the NAVC
11/21/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be at booth #4320 at the North American Veterinary Community Conference February 3rd - 7th. Please stop by to see what's new at the AHDC and register for a chance to win a prize!

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