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EIA Season Reminders
2/2/2017

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.

Expecting Results?
2/2/2017

Occasionally, internet service providers such as AOL, Yahoo, Gmail or others may block incoming emails from entire domains, such as cornell.edu, due to an influx of spam related to compromised email accounts. If you are expecting results via e-mail and do not receive them, please contact us by calling 607-253-3900.

For the fastest and most reliable results, log in to the client web portal where results are available as they are finalized or use our mobile app that allows for results to be checked using most mobile devices. One-time registration is required whether using our web portal (register online here) or our free mobile apps (available on Google Play and iTunes/App Stores for Android and Apple respectively; simply search AHDC). If you have questions regarding online access or our mobile app, please call 607-253-3938.

Need To Send It Now?
2/2/2017

The  AHDC offers online shipping labels, available for printing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your critical testing needs. To take advantage of this convenient option, clients must be registered for online account access through the AHDC Online Portal. Register here. Be sure to select the "Online Ordering" option. After registration is complete and access granted, a "Generate Shipping Label" link will appear. Once the label is created, your account will automatically be billed the appropriate label charge. If you are already registered, but do not see the "Generate Shipping Label" link, please update your preferences by clicking on the "Contact AHDC" link and requesting online order access. Be sure to indicate your AHDC account number in the message. You may also request online ordering access by calling 607-253-3938. For further information, questions or concerns, please contact the Shipping department at 607-253-3935.

Get Health Alerts - Sign up for eNews!
2/2/2017

Did you know that you can get critical, real-time health alerts for all species or select individual species? Sign up for eNews and stay up to date on emerging animal health issues! You can also sign up for our quarterly newsletter, LabLinks, to find out about new tests, significant cases and diseases diagnosed, as well as current research and discovery at the AHDC. For more information and to sign up, please visit AHDC eNews.

Selected Fee Increase
1/14/2017

Select diagnostic test fees were increased January 1, 2017.

Test fee changes had become necessary as the cost of doing business could not be further contained through operational changes. We trust that access to advanced diagnostic consulting though our Veterinary Support Services and diagnostic professionals, as well as the quality of our services remains the driving factors when you select the AHDC for all your diagnostic testing needs.

New Speciation Test Available
1/13/2017

The Bacteriology laboratory is now offering enhanced speciation testing for an additional fee of $26 per isolate. This will be performed with a combination of methods, including DNA sequencing and conventional biochemical tests to further identify organisms that previously could not be completely categorized.  This testing may be critical when speciation impacts treatment decisions.
 
Limitations in this testing however do exist, with certain species or even closely related genera remaining indistinguishable. We then will employ additional testing, but complete identification may not be possible for some isolates.

Changes to Systemic Companion Animal Antimicrobial Susceptibility Panels
1/13/2017

To improve service to our clients, the Bacteriology laboratory will be offering new antibiotic susceptibility panels for organisms isolated from companion animal samples starting in January 2017. These panels include antibiotics targeted toward Gram negative or Gram positive organisms and drugs previously not available. Minocycline, nitrofurantoin, pradofloxacin, tetracycline and vancomycin will now appear on the Gram positive panel, while ceftazidime, cephalexin, orbifloxacin, piperacillin/tazobactam constant 4, pradofloxacin and tetracycline will now appear on the Gram negative panel.
Cefoxitin, ceftiofur, ticarcillin, and ticarcillin/clavulanic acid have been removed from the companion animal susceptibility panels.
 
Please refer to this chart for currently available antimicrobial susceptibility panels offered at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center.

Cold Weather Shipping Reminder
1/13/2017

It is difficult to protect samples shipped during the winter from severe cold. Even 10% neutral buffered formalin will freeze in harsh winter weather conditions.  Samples that should not be frozen should be shipped inside insulated containers with additional room temperature (unchilled) cold packs to increase the ambient mass.  This is not a guarantee if extended exposure occurs but it will reduce the temperature decline during transit.  For critical samples that cannot be exposed to extreme cold, consideration needs to be given to delaying shipment or finding alternative means to deliver the specimens to the laboratory.

2016-2017 Winter Holiday Schedule
12/8/2016

Both Fed Ex and UPS will have reduced services on the day after Christmas and New Years.  For this reason, the Diagnostic Lab will be closed on Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd.  Please be aware of this and avoid shipping any specimens for arrival on those days.  Reduced hours for the week between the holidays are posted below.  Thank you for your understanding and flexibility in allowing our employees to enjoy the holiday season with their families.
 
Saturday, December 24th                            Open 9AM-1PM
Monday, December 26th                              CLOSED
Tuesday-Friday, December 27th-30th            Open 8AM-3PM
Saturday, December 31st                            Open 9AM-1PM
Monday, January 2nd                                  CLOSED

Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday, January 3rd. Please contact the lab directly with any questions, and enjoy your holiday!

Selected Fee Increase
12/7/2016

An increase of selected diagnostic test fees will be instituted January 1st, 2017.  These changes have become necessary as the cost of doing business has outpaced our ability to contain costs by making operational changes.
 
We trust that the quality of our service and your access to advanced diagnostic consulting provided by our Veterinary Support Services and by the professionals who oversee our testing programs are a greater factor than the test fees themselves when you consider the AHDC for all  your diagnostic testing needs.

BVD-ACE Testing of Ear Notch Specimens
12/7/2016

Please follow posted guidelines for submission of ear notch specimens. Specimens must be submitted in sample tubes to avoid additional processing time and cost once the specimens reach the AHDC. The AHDC Shipping Department will supply a minimum of 20 tubes in an appropriate shipping box for only $4 to facilitate specimen collection, shipping and processing. Glass blood collection tubes or other small plastic tubes are also acceptable; please avoid using plastic bags.  Starting January 1, 2017, a processing fee of $1.00 per ear notch specimen will be applied to defray extra material and processing costs for ear notch specimens that are not submitted in the recommended containers.

C-Reactive Protein
12/7/2016

The Clinical Pathology Laboratory at Cornell University is pleased to announce that we now offer testing for C-reactive protein (CRP) in dogs. C-reactive protein is a positive acute phase reactant, with concentrations increasing substantially (50 fold or more) and quickly in response to acute inflammation or trauma. Concentrations also decrease rapidly with resolution of inflammation. C-reactive protein is one of the most sensitive markers of inflammation in dogs. Measurement of CRP is useful to confirm the presence of underlying inflammation (particularly in the absence of other clinical or laboratory indicators of inflammation) and to monitor response to therapy. Increases in CRP concentrations have been reported in various diseases, such as sepsis, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), and cancer. For more information, see https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/Sects/ClinPath/news/crp.cfm

Selected Fee Increase
11/3/2016

An increase of selected diagnostic test fees will be instituted January 1st, 2017. These changes have become necessary as the cost of doing business has outpaced our ability to contain costs by making operational changes. The list of changes will be posted on our website by late November.
 
We trust that the quality of our service and access to advanced diagnostic consulting provided by our Veterinary Support Services and the professionals who oversee our testing programs are a greater factor than the test fees themselves when you consider the AHDC for all your diagnostic testing needs.

BVD-ACE Testing of Ear Notch Specimens
11/3/2016

Please follow posted guidelines for submission of ear notch specimens. Specimens must be submitted in sample tubes to avoid additional processing time and cost once the specimens reach the AHDC. The AHDC Shipping Department will supply a minimum of 20 tubes in an appropriate shipping box for only $4 to facilitate specimen collection, shipping and processing. Glass blood collection tubes or other small plastic tubes are also acceptable; please avoid using plastic bags.  Starting January 1, 2017, a processing fee of $1.00 per ear notch specimen will be applied to defray extra material and processing costs for ear notch specimens that are not submitted in the recommended containers.

Upcoming Conference!
11/3/2016

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will have a booth at the AAEP Conference, December 3rd-7th! Please stop by at booth #2214 to see what's new at the AHDC and register for a chance to win a Kindle!

2016 Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
11/3/2016

Thursday, November 24th - CLOSED
Friday, November 25th - Open 8AM - 3PM
Saturday, November 26th - Open 9AM - 1PM

Normal operating hours will resume Monday, November 28th. Please contact the lab directly with any questions, and enjoy your holiday!

Backyard Poultry Salmonella Survey Request
10/6/2016

The Avian Health Program at the AHDC is looking for volunteer backyard poultry owners to join a Salmonella enteritidis (SE) study that will determine the prevalence of SE in New York State backyard flocks by testing eggs and the environment for SE.

Salmonella enteritidis is an important cause of human illness and ranks highly as a disease of public health significance. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in 2009, and again in 2012, finalized its "Egg Rule," first for commercial layer facilities with 50,000 or more birds, and then for facilities housing 3,000 hens or more, outlining steps farmers had to take to reduce SE in shell eggs. The numerous flocks of fewer than 3,000 hens were left out.

If you have clients who are interested in joining an anonymous study, please ask them to fill out the survey form at https://cornell.box.com/v/BYpoultrysurveys and send it to poultrydiseaseprogram@cornell.edu. Thank you.

Phone Messages for the AHDC
10/6/2016

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.

No More Quality Milk Courier Fees!
10/6/2016

Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS) of the AHDC no longer charges a courier fee. Our clients can still expect the same reliable service, just without the additional fee.

The fee for pooled milk samples will increase by $1 to cover the current cost of supplies and effort to pool the samples.

For the most up-to-date list of fees, please visit the AHDC Website (https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu)

Transport Media for High Quality Diagnostic Samples
10/6/2016

Specimens may require specific transport media or special handling to ensure best results from the testing you need. You'll find the specific information in our test and fee information on the web, as well as on your AHDC app (Android or Apple) on your mobile device. Consult our reference document on how to use transport media for quality diagnostic testing. The AHDC Diagnostic Supply Center offers transport media for sale, along with other products typically used for processing, handling and shipping diagnostic specimens.

Upcoming Conferences!
10/6/2016

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will have a booth at the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference, October 17th-20th! Dr. Cheraskin will be attending the conference and provide small animal endocrinology consultations. Please stop by at booth #118 to see what's new at the AHDC and register for a chance to win a Kindle!

West Nile Virus Testing Changes
9/1/2016

IgM and IgG ELISA Antibody Testing for Horses/Equidae
  • All equid samples for which WNV serology is requested will be tested for WNV IgM and IgG (WNELPL), starting September 1, 2016.
  • The fees for this combined testing is $21. Fees may be covered under the NYS contract if appropriate, and forms are completely filled out.
  • Submitters must include clinical information on the animal and WNV vaccine history. 
  • Interpretive comments reported with results will assist in appropriate use of test results in managing clinically ill animals or evaluating response to vaccination. 
  • For export testing to meet international equine movement requirements WNV IgM Capture ELISA testing will be performed. West Nile Virus (WNV) IgM Capture ELISA, Export (WNVIGME).
The AHDC laboratory has moved away from using the WNV SN test for horses, since the ELISA test is quicker and easier to perform. The combination WNV IgM and IgG assays provide more complete information regarding the classes of antibodies detected. That information, along with clinical history and vaccination history, is very important when interpreting test results.

For researchers or others who have a specific need for a WNV SN in a horse, the test will still be provided upon request.

Any questions about this test change should be directed to the Serology department (607.253.3130) or the Veterinary Services Support team, by calling the main number at: 607.253.3900

Poultry Diagnostic and Testing Questions?
9/1/2016

More and more small animal veterinarians are seeing chickens, yes chickens, in their clinics and practices for disease and health concerns - chickens are becoming the new pet of choice for many.  Whether your clients keep chickens, ducks, pigeons or guinea fowl as pets or for animal agriculture, we can help!  A board certified poultry veterinarian in our Veterinary Support Services team can aid in determining sampling and testing strategies, and provide disease and treatment guidance. Please call the lab at 607.253.3900 and ask for Dr. Jarra Jagne in Veterinary Support Services.

Dr. Manigandan Lejeune New Director of the AHDC Parasitology Laboratory
9/1/2016

September 1 Dr. Manigandan Lejeune joins the AHDC as the new Director of the Parasitology Laboratory. Dr. Lejeune brings expertise in both classical and molecular diagnosis of domestic animal and wildlife parasites to expand the role of our parasitology services for our clients in the Empire State and beyond. Dr. Lejeune received his veterinary degree at the University of Pondicherry in India and his PhD from the University of Calgary. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists with Board Certification in Veterinary Parasitology.
 
We are excited to welcome Dr. Lejeune at the AHDC and look forward to our clients working with him!

Fungal Preliminary Reports
9/1/2016

The Bacteriology lab is now providing Preliminary results on all in-progress fungal cultures. These reports will be sent out during the second week of incubation. While some results may be finished and reported prior to this time, we want to make sure all of our clients are informed of the progress of those cultures that are not. Due to the nature and incubation needs of these organisms, a final report may take a month or longer to be completed.

Donkey Welfare Symposium
9/1/2016

The Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine and its Animal Health Diagnostic Center will host the fourth annual Donkey Welfare Symposium this fall. The event will run concurrently with the NYS Veterinary Medical Society's annual conference,Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016. The symposium is part of a global effort to recognize the plight and importance of the donkey to mankind. It is also meant to bring recognition to the veterinary care, welfare and humanitarian importance of donkeys worldwide. Registration for this symposium will be open to veterinarians, owners and donkey enthusiasts of all kinds. For additional information, please visit here or call the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at 607-253-3900.

Bacteriology Updates and Submission Information
8/3/2016

Please periodically review the expiration dates of your transport medium.  We often receive clinical samples in transport medium that is either expired, or has missing/unreadable expiration dates.  As expired media may negatively impact the recovery of significant pathogens, you will receive a notification that this situation has occurred.  If needed, contact the laboratory to either order or inquire about appropriate transport medium for your submission. https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/docs/Transport_Media_for_Diagnostic_Sampling.pdf

To order supplies please click here.

Be aware that dry swabs without transport medium are unsuitable for any type of bacterial culture. Specimens submitted for anaerobic culture must be placed in anaerobic transport medium in order to be tested.

Bacteriology Isolate Submissions
While we understand that some clinics perform sample culturing in-house and submit isolates to us for identification, we often receive submissions that contain multiple organisms mixed together. We prefer culturing the original sample, as this allows for better interpretation of growth recovered as significant pathogens or contaminants. If you choose to submit bacterial or fungal isolates for identification, they must be submitted as pure cultures in either an appropriate, in-date transport medium or on a sealed culture plate/slant.  Testing will be performed as a Bacterial Identification or Fungal Identification and charged per isolate.  If the submitted swab or media contains a mixture of organisms, all isolates will be identified and billed accordingly.
 
Fungal Preliminary Results coming!
To keep our clients informed of their progress, we will be sending out Preliminary reports on all fungal cultures at the two week mark starting in August.

Bacteriology Organism Specific Cultures
Genus-specific culture testing for multiple organisms including Campylobacter, Listeria, and Mycoplasma species is available.  Isolation of these bacteria may require extra media, enrichment, or special conditions beyond those used for routine aerobic cultures. Separate test fees apply.  If any of these organisms are high on your differential diagnosis list, please consider requesting these tests on your submission form to ensure comprehensive evaluation of your sample.

Shipping Chilled/Refrigerated Samples
8/3/2016

Samples requiring refrigeration should be shipped for next day delivery in insulated containers with freezer packs.  Placing a freezer pack with one or more samples in an uninsulated box and shipping in hot weather results in warm samples arriving in the lab.  When insulation is used, the freezer pack should be in the same compartment with the samples.  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

Summer Temperatures and Fecal Samples for Johne's Testing and Bacterial Cultures
8/3/2016

Summer is here!  Appropriate fecal sample volume and proper shipping conditions are critical to maintain the quality of your sample for proper testing. In warm weather, the bacteria in feces start a fermentation process which increases the gas pressure in the container.  Overfilled cups may expand and burst - often causing cross-contamination between samples.

Fill fecal screw-top containers no more than half-full and ship promptly in an insulated container with cold packs. The laboratory only needs 5 grams (approximately a heaping tablespoon) to perform both Johne's Fecal Culture and Direct Fecal PCR testing. 

All samples should be submitted in wide-mouthed, unbreakable, sterile screw-capped plastic cups. They should be shipping in insulated packages with freezer packs for next day delivery. Recommended fecal containers are available for purchase through the AHDC Shipping Department at 607-253-3935.

Unacceptable containers for fecal samples include flip-top milk vials, zip-lock baggies, exam gloves, glass jars, prescription bottles, and containers that are taped closed, as these lead to excessive handling issues for the laboratory and possible delays in testing.

A $50.00/HOUR HANDLING FEE will be charged if blood or fecal samples have no sample number, are packaged in random order, or are excessively messy. Please follow the proper sample procedure.

To order supplies please click here
For more shipping information please click here

Upcoming Conference!
8/2/2016

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be attending the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in Charlotte, NC from September 15-17 and the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners in Niagara Falls, NY September 21-24!

Going to the Fair?
8/2/2016

Important testing options for detection of individual Bovine Virus Diarrhea Persistently Infected (BVD PI) animals.

Cattle & Camelids
New York State and County Fairs Requirements

Nitrate Testing
8/2/2016

During periods of dry weather, nitrate can accumulate to high concentrations in forage plants, leading to toxicosis in ruminants.  Analytical Toxicology can test forage and hay samples for nitrate accumulation.  If toxicosis is suspected, clear serum, plasma, or ocular fluids from affected animals can be analyzed.

Johne's Disease Testing
7/1/2016

Summer is here!  Appropriate fecal sample volume and proper shipping conditions are critical to maintain the quality of your results. In warmer weather, the bacteria in feces start the fermentation process, which increases the gas pressure in the container.  Overfilled cups may expand and burst - often causing cross-contamination between samples.

Fill fecal containers no more than half-full and ship promptly in an insulated container with cold packs. The laboratory only needs a volume of 5 grams (approximately the size of a heaping tablespoon) to perform both Johne's Fecal Culture and Direct Fecal PCR testing. 

All samples should be submitted in wide-mouthed, unbreakable, sterile screw-capped plastic cups. Recommended fecal containers are available for purchase through the AHDC Shipping Department at ahdcshipping@cornell.edu or 607-253-3935.  Unacceptable containers for fecal samples include flip-top milk vials, zip-lock baggies, exam gloves, glass jars, prescription bottles, or containers that are taped closed, as all of these lead to excessive handling issues for the laboratory.  A $50/hour fee to cover additional laboratory handling of improperly collected, labeled, or shipped samples may be assessed.

Johne's AGID
7/1/2016

The Johne's Agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) test for bovines, caprines, and camelids (including exotic members of their respective families) should be requested for clinical suspects only.  For surveillance or screening purposes of these animals, and for ovines as the reagents are no longer available for the AGID test, please request the Johne's Commercial ELISA. 

For cervidae, the AGID test is used for surveillance in healthy animals and for clinical suspects.  As cervidae are often infected with one or both of the bovine and caprine strains of Mycobacterium avium sbsp. paratuberculosis (MAP), serum will be tested against both bovine and caprine reagents and incur double the cost unless requested otherwise.

Purina Animal Nutrition Initiates Recall of Purina Medicated Sheep Feed due to Elevated Copper Level
7/1/2016

Purina Animal Nutrition LLC of Arden Hills, Minnesota, is voluntarily recalling one lot of Purina Lamb Grower B30 Medicated Sheep Feed packaged in the green and white generic paper LAND O LAKES Feed bags.

For detailed information pertaining to this Recall, please see: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm508725.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

The AHDC performs copper analysis (mineral panel) on liver and kidney, plus histopathology on fixed liver and kidney, to assess the likelihood of copper toxicosis as the cause of death. For live currently unaffected animals that may have consumed excess copper, the most appropriate test is copper analysis (mineral panel) on liver biopsy.

Discontinued - Feline IgA
7/1/2016

Clinical Pathology will no longer be offering IgA testing for felines. Our supplier is no longer making the necessary kits.

Upcoming Conferences
7/1/2016

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be attending these upcoming conferences:

American Association of Bovine Practitioners in Charlotte, NC from September 15-17

Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners in Niagara Falls, NY September 21-24!

Meet Our Team at the 2016 ACVIM Conference
6/1/2016

The AHDC will be exhibiting at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine conference in Denver, CO June 8-11. Stop by booth 535 to see what's new at the lab, meet Dr. Erin Goodrich and Isabelle Schweitzer and register to win a Kindle!

Stay Informed
6/1/2016

The AHDC is committed to providing its clients with the most up to date, critical information affecting the veterinary community. We are excited to offer this information in an electronic format and would like to give you the option of getting additional electronic news at your fingertips. Click here to select one or more of the following options.
  • LabLinks - Quarterly Newsletter on new tests, significant cases and diseases diagnosed as well as current research and discovery at the AHDC
  • Health Alerts - Critical, real-time health alerts on all species or select individual species: Bovine, Camelid, Canine, Caprine, Equine, Feline, and Ovine.
Rest assured, we do not send "spam" and you may opt out of this service at any time. We look forward to communicating with you. If you have any questions, please contact Caitlyn Durbin in our billing department at 607-253-3448.

Access Shipping Labels, Results and Billing Online!
6/1/2016

The AHDC would like to remind our clients of the many valuable options available at the click of a mouse via our Online Portal. To gain access to our online submission process, results, printable invoices and secure online bill pay, as well as pre-paid discounted shipping labels available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, click here to register.

If you are already registered for the AHDC's Online Portal but do not have access to one of the features above, you may have to update your preferences by clicking here. You may also request online access or update your preferences by calling 607-253-3938.

Donkey Welfare Symposium
6/1/2016

The Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine and its Animal Health Diagnostic Center will host the fourth annual Donkey Welfare Symposium this fall. The event will run concurrently with the NYS Veterinary Medical Society's annual conference, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2016. The symposium is part of a global effort to recognize the plight and importance of the donkey to mankind. It is also meant to bring recognition to the veterinary care, welfare and humanitarian importance of donkeys worldwide. Registration for this symposium will be open to veterinarians, owners and donkey enthusiasts of all kinds. For additional information, please visit DonkeyWelfareSymposium.com or call the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at 607-253-3900.

Pre-Filled Submission Forms!
5/19/2016

We are now offering a new alternative to our online and interactive submission forms. Simply log into your account in the AHDC client portal, look under the Orders section, and then click on General Blank Accession Forms to create a printable general submission form that's pre-filled with your clinic information and your AHDC account number!

Remember, your AHDC account number should be included on any printed submission forms that are submitted with your samples. This helps us to ensure fast and accurate results and billing.

Parasitology
5/19/2016

Effective May 1, Parasitology will be increasing the cost of Giardia and Cryptosporidium fecal ELISAs to $25. It has always been the practice of this section to perform a fecal flotation for every Giardia or Cryptosporidium request, regardless of whether or not a particular technique is provided on the submission form. If Giardia and/or Cryptosporidium are identified in the flotation and you requested an ELISA, the ELISA will be cancelled and you will be charged $25 for the flotation only. This allows the laboratory to report on the presence and magnitude of all parasitic infections that may be present in the provided sample, delivering a better result than an ELISA alone. If the flotation does not identify the protozoa of concern, the appropriate ELISA will be performed and you will be charged for the ELISA(s) only.

We hope this simplifies your parasitology choices while still providing you the best results for your diagnostic investment.

Billing Changes
5/19/2016

We now use PayPal for our third-party billing provider. PayPal is a secure third-party site that meets PCI Data Security Standards in order to ensure your security and ours. Although this recent change will be imperceptible to customers, we wanted you to know. The AHDC takes your privacy and security seriously, and will take all measures to protect your personal information. Any personal information received will only be used to process your payment. The AHDC will not sell or redistribute your information to anyone.

Correction for New York State Contract Case Price Change
5/19/2016

The cost for poultry necropsy cases submitted under the contract was incorrectly listed in last month's LabLogistics. The actual cost is $85. We apologize for the confusion and any inconvenience this may have caused! Please contact the lab if you have any questions or concerns. The maximum charge for cases submitted under the contract will be increased as follows effective April 1st:

Contract Case        was $62.50    now $75   
Necropsy Case       was $112.50    now $125,     $85 for Poultry Cases

For more information regarding Contract Case pricing and eligibility, please refer to https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/docs/New_York_State_Contract_Case_Pricing.pdf.

Upcoming Conference
5/19/2016

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be attending the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)from June 8th - 11th in Denver, CO. Stop by booth 535 and register to win a Kindle.

Bacteriology Update and Reminder
4/11/2016

Campylobacter fetus FA (CAMPYFA) testing will now only be performed twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. This test is used to detect Campylobacter fetus by fluorescent antibody stain in Ruminants. Acceptable samples for submission are cervical mucus/vaginal wash, placenta, fetal liver or fetal abomasal contents. The expected turnaround time for this test is 3-4 business days. We appreciate your business, and want to provide the best, most efficient service possible.

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing is not included with routine Bacteriology culture workups. This testing incurs separate fees per isolate dependent on the type of antimicrobial panel used and the number of tests. It can only be performed by request of the submitting veterinarian. To avoid undue delay and aid in the efficiency of results, please indicate "Yes SUSC" or "No SUSC" on the sample submission form under the "Test(s) Requested" section. If susceptibility testing is desired after the culture results are finalized, the lab should be contacted within one week of the finalized date to ensure availability of the isolates. Thank you for your assistance in providing cost-effective results.

Necropsy After Hours
4/1/2016

Effective April 1st, there will be a necropsy after hours fee of $50 assessed for dead animals received between the following hours:

6 pm -7:30 am weekdays including Friday evening
3 pm Saturday -7:30 am Monday morning

Shipping Label Price Increase
4/1/2016

Effective 4/01/2016, FedEx Priority Overnight and UPS Next-Day Air shipping labels will increase from $14 to $15.  In addition, UPS Ground labels will go from $7 to $7.50.  The fees for FedEx Saturday Pick up ($15) and Saturday Delivery ($30) will not change.

You can easily purchase shipping labels through the portal or by contacting our Shipping unit at (607)-253-3935.  Both paper and eLabels are available. 

For more information on label options, please refer to: https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/docs/Shipping_Discount_Program_Information.pdf

New York State Contract Case Price Change
4/1/2016

The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets provides funding to the AHDC to subsidize the cost of certain disease tests for New York's livestock and poultry industries. This is intended as an aid in the early detection and surveillance of disease conditions that may threaten livestock and/or public health.

The maximum charge for cases submitted under the contract will be increased as follows effective April 1st:

Contract Case        was $62.50     now $75   
Necropsy Case       was $112.50    now $125,     $80 for Poultry Cases

For more information regarding Contract Case pricing and eligibility, please refer to https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/docs/New_York_State_Contract_Case_Pricing.pdf. Please contact the lab if you have any questions or concerns.

New York State Contract Case Price Change
3/1/2016

The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets provides funding to the AHDC to subsidize the cost of certain disease tests for New York's livestock and poultry industries. This is intended as an aid in the early detection and surveillance of disease conditions that may threaten livestock and/or public health. 

The current cap supported by this subsidy will be increased as follows effective 4/01/2016:
Contract Case        was $62.50    now $75
Necropsy Case       was $112.50    now $125

For more information regarding Contract Case pricing and eligibility, please refer to https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/docs/New_York_State_Contract_Case_Pricing.pdf. Please contact the lab if you have any questions or concerns.

Shipping Label Price Increase
3/1/2016

Effective 4/01/2016, FedEx Priority Overnight and UPS Next-Day Air shipping labels will increase from $14 to $15.  In addition, UPS Ground labels will go from $7 to $7.50. 

The fees for FedEx Saturday Pick up ($15) and Saturday Delivery ($30) will not change.  You can easily purchase shipping labels through the portal or by contacting our Shipping unit at (607)-253-3935.  Both paper and eLabels are available. 

For more information on label options, please refer to: https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/docs/Shipping_Discount_Program_Information.pdf.

Canine DEA 1.2 Typing (Test Code DEA12) Discontinued After March 1st
3/1/2016

Due to reagent unavailability, the Coagulation Lab will no longer offer subtyping for canine DEA1.2  using a polyclonal canine antisera. We will continue to offer blood typing for the canine DEA1 locus (test code DEA1) and feline AB blood typing (code FELBT)  with no changes. 

We recommend contacting Animal Blood Resources International at 800-243-5759 for additional canine blood group antigen testing.

New PCR Tests for Equine Hepatitis Virus!
3/1/2016

The AHDC has developed a panel of PCR tests for the detection of Equine "Hepatitis" viruses.  At present, we consider these tests as for "research and informational" purposes only as the complete validation of the tests has not been done mainly because of inadequate sequence data available to properly assess the universality of the PCR primers.  We will provide testing services to practitioners who wish to explore the clinical relevance of these agents and to providers of equine biologicals who wish to eliminate chronic shedding animals from their production units.  The routine sample for PCR testing is a serum sample.  If horses are showing signs of liver disease, a biopsy specimen would also be appropriate.  To defray test development costs, the fee for testing is $100/sample of serum or unfixed tissue.  Formalin-fixed tissue can be tested but there is an additional $20 extraction fee. Visit https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/news/equinehepatitis.cfm for more information.

Necropsy After Hours
3/1/2016

Effective April 1st, there will be a necropsy after hours fee of $50 assessed for dead animals received between the following hours:
 
6 pm -7:30 am weekdays including Friday evening
3 pm Saturday -7:30 am Monday morning

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