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Posted during the past 12 months

   


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!

Current Animal Health News - A New Feature on our Website
10/9/2017

Check out the new Spotlight feature on our home page called "Current Animal Health News" in which we post short notes on relevant AHDC diagnostic findings. 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. You can scroll down to view all recent notices.

We will feature novel diagnoses, high consequence diagnostic results, seasonal animal illnesses and other findings of interest. We trust that you find this feature interesting and useful.

C-Reactive Protein
10/9/2017

The Clinical Pathology Laboratory now offers 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 on CRP, please refer to the relevant webpage on eClinPath.com.

Felines added to the Ovarian Remnant Panel - AMH plus progesterone
10/9/2017

The Endocrinology Laboratory has combined the anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) and progesterone tests into an ovarian remnant panel. A few months ago, we began offering an ovarian remnant panel for dogs, and now we are expanding this testing option to cats as well.

We are pleased to offer the ovarian remnant panel for both cats and dogs at a reduced price as compared to the combined price of the two individual hormone tests. If you have any questions about this new testing option, please contact the Diagnostic Endocrinology Laboratory at (607) 253-3673.

Shar-Pei Autoinflammatory Disease (SPAID) Testing
10/9/2017

The SPAID test identifies Shar-Pei most likely to be affected by SPAID during their lifetime. The assay provides an estimate of an individual's increased risk to develop SPAID symptoms. The assay may be used to determine the genotype of a dog of breeding age to inform decisions about potential breeding partners aiming to decrease the number of offspring at increased risk of experiencing SPAID symptoms.  The test is appropriate for Shar-Pei or Shar-Pei crosses only. Click here for more information regarding SPAID testing.

Lyme Test for Dogs and Horses
10/9/2017

The Serology/Immunology Laboratory offers the Lyme multiplex assay for the detection of antibodies to B. burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. The Lyme multiplex assay is available for testing samples from dogs and horses.

Further information can be obtained on the test detail pages or you can call (607-253-3900).

Commercial ELISA Kits
10/9/2017

Commercial ELISA kits are approved for use by licensing agencies for a specific purpose, a defined sample type, and animal species.  The validation documents submitted for the approval process define these variables and that information becomes part of the kit instructions.  For antibody detection tests, the most common sample type is serum.  If plasma is acceptable, it must be specified in the test instructions.  If you are unsure of the sample type acceptable for a given test, please check the test detail information on our website (for example Anaplasmosis c-ELISA --1 ml serum, plasma is not an acceptable sample for this test) or contact the lab to obtain the necessary information before specimen collection.

Meet Our Team at the 2017 ACVC
10/9/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be at booth #221 at the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference October 9th-12th. Please stop by to see what's new at the AHDC and register for a chance to win a prize!

Current Animal Health News - A New Feature on our Website
9/11/2017

Check out the new Spotlight feature on our home page called "Current Animal Health News" in which we post short notes on relevant AHDC diagnostic findings.

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. You can scroll down to view all recent notices.

We will feature novel diagnoses, high consequence diagnostic results, seasonal animal illnesses and other findings of interest. We trust that you find this feature interesting and useful.

New Brucella Testing Method at the AHDC for Livestock Exports to Canada
9/11/2017

Rapid and accurate Brucella Fluorescence Polarization Assay (FPA) testing is now available at our Bacteriology Laboratory. The Brucella FPA test was added on August 25, 2017 to respond to changes in requirements for cattle entering Canada. As of September 1, 2017, the Brucella Standard Tube Test (STT) and Standard Plate Test (SPT) are no longer accepted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for importing cattle in Canada. Note though that these tests are still offered at the AHDC for other purposes.
 
Brucella FPA testing is performed Monday through Friday, with a 1-2 day turn-around time. The FPA test fee per sample is lower than the STT fee. The test is validated for bovine/bovidae, camelid, caprine, cervidae, ovine and porcine, and is highly sensitive and specific for detecting Brucella abortus, B. melitensis and B. suis. Acceptable samples are serum (preferred), plasma or whole blood (not frozen).

Meet Our Team at the 2017 AABP Conference and NEAEP Symposium!
9/11/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be attending the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Annual Conference in Omaha, NE from September 14th-16th, and the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners Symposium in Norfolk, VA September from 20th-23rd!

Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
8/10/2017

The Bacteriology laboratory offers various panels for antimicrobial susceptibility testing including panels of antibiotics targeted toward Gram negative or Gram positive organisms in companion animals, panels for urinary and for ophthalmic disease treatment, panels for systemic disease in food animals, equine and avian species, as well as a panel of antifungal drugs. Please refer to this chart for currently available antimicrobial panels offered at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center.
 
Our antimicrobial susceptibility (sensitivity) testing is dilution-based and reports an interpretive comment of sensitive, intermediate or resistant where appropriate breakpoints are available in pharmacology literature.  The Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) is reported for each antibiotic, so that if breakpoints are not available, the submitting clinician can evaluate whether an appropriate concentration of antibiotic can be achieved in the target tissue based on other pharmacokinetic data that may be available. 
 
Interpretations for MIC values of antifungal drugs have not been established for veterinary fungal species.  To aid in the interpretation of fungal susceptibility testing, we provide the peak serum concentration at steady-state of each antifungal agent that is established in humans at the recommended dosing scheme.

Brucellosis Testing Requirement Change
8/10/2017

Effective for breeding cattle shipments arriving at the Canadian border on September 1, 2017 or after, exported cattle must be tested with the Fluorescence Polarization Assay (FPA) test, the Buffered Acidified Plate Antigen (BAPA) test, or the Competitive Elisa (cElisa) test. On September 1st and after, the Standard Tube Test (STT) and Standard Plate Test (SPT) will no longer be accepted by CFIA at the border.

The Bacteriology laboratory will add the FPA testing option by September 1, 2017 to meet this change in requirements, as well as continue to offer the current testing methods for all other client needs.

Do you know a K9 named "Wayne"?
8/10/2017

Periodically we receive samples with no paperwork at all or with accidental omission of clinic, veterinarian, or account information on submission forms. Submitters may conclude that we lost a sample or failed to provide testing in a timely manner when they do not receive their results. Just recently we had canine respiratory PCR panel results for a K9 named "Wayne" from an unidentified submitter, with no breed, age, sex or owner name.
 
We go to great lengths trying to match unidentified submitters with submissions but sometimes our detective efforts just don't provide enough clues. Please call us at 607-253-3900 any time that you are missing timely results as we might not have a way to contact you. Obviously, completed submission forms would have avoided such a situation. Registering for online access to your account allows you to see all your pending accessions, so you can verify the receipt of samples as they are entered into the system, even before results might be expected.
 
And, please, call us if you know "Wayne!"

FISH Referral Test Price Change
8/10/2017

Effective September 1st, the price for Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization (RFISH) testing will increase to $190.

Meet Our Team at the 2017 AABP & NEAEP Conference!
8/10/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be attending the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in Omaha, NE from September 14th-16th and the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners in Norfolk, VA September 20th-23rd!

Vaccinating Horses Against Lyme Disease
7/14/2017

Borrelia burgdorferi can induce Lyme disease. Approved vaccines for horses are currently not available. We recently published an article summarizing the antibody response of horses to commercial Lyme vaccines for dogs. Antibody responses were short-lasting and in some cases of low magnitude. Protection from infection should not be automatically assumed after vaccinating horses with Lyme vaccines for dogs.  CLICK HERE to access the article.

Felines added to the Ovarian Remnant Panel - AMH plus progesterone
7/14/2017

A few months ago, we began offering an ovarian remnant panel for dogs, and now we are expanding this testing option to cats as well. Whereas cats are generally considered to be induced ovulators, a substantial proportion of queens can and do ovulate spontaneously, and this can result in falsely negative AMH results. Because it can be difficult to know at the time of sample collection if an ovarian remnant's primary secretory product is going to be AMH or progesterone, it's prudent to evaluate both hormones at the same time. Two complete ovaries in an intact cat have plenty of AMH-secreting follicles to consistently yield a positive AMH test result, but an ovarian remnant likely has relatively fewer of these follicles. Following ovulation, corpora lutea (CL) cease to produce AMH and progesterone secretion increases markedly. Because AMH and progesterone secretion wax and wane asynchronously, we have determined that the combined analysis of AMH and progesterone is better than either test alone in the assessment of ovarian remnant syndrome. Please keep in mind that AMH is only produced by the ovaries, and unlike progesterone, it is not available as a topical preparation that can be transferred from owner to pet. Therefore, it's imperative to rule out topical progesterone use as a possible reason for a positive progesterone test result.
 
We are pleased to offer the ovarian remnant panel for both cats and dogs at a reduced price as compared to the combined price of the two individual hormone tests. If you have any questions about this new testing option, please contact the Diagnostic Endocrinology Laboratory at (607) 253-3673.

Shar Pei Testing
7/14/2017

The AHDC now offers genetic testing for Shar-Pei Autoinflammatory Disease (SPAID).  The SPAID test identifies Shar-Pei most likely to be affected by SPAID during their lifetime. The assay provides an estimate of an individual's increased risk to develop SPAID symptoms. The assay may be used to determine the genotype of a dog of breeding age to inform decisions about potential breeding partners aiming to decrease the number of offspring at increased risk of experiencing SPAID symptoms.  Please find additional information at this link as well as instructions for submission: SPAID

Johne's CF and Brucellosis CF Testing
7/14/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center no longer offers the Johne's CF Test and the Brucellosis CF Test due to lack of requests.

Liver Consults
7/14/2017

The AHDC has stopped processing requests for Liver Consults and Digital Copper Quantification currently being performed by Dr. Sharon Center in order to evaluate whether or not the service can be continued based on Dr. Center's availability.  Requests for copper quantification can still be achieved through our Mineral Panel ($47).  All requests currently in the system will be completed by Dr. Center as her time allows.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

FISH Referral Test Price Change
7/14/2017

Effective September 1st, the price for Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization (RFISH) testing will increase to $190.

Augmented Biopsy
7/14/2017

Certain surgical biopsy specimens will incur an additional "Augmented Biopsy Fee".  An augmented biopsy fee of $56 will be applied to the base biopsy fee of $66.50 to samples that require extensive/complex examination, trimming, and processing to arrive at an adequate diagnosis or margin evaluation. Examples of samples that will incur this additional fee include, but are not limited to the following fresh or fixed tissues:

  1. Large specimens such as limbs, placentas, portions of jaws, spleens, female reproductive tracts, and whole toes;
  2. Cases in which extensive margin evaluation is required, such as is needed with tumor bed evaluation.
 
If you have questions regarding the fee schedule for a sample you are planning to submit, please contact the Client Resource Team at 607-253-3319 or pathologyservice@cornell.edu.

Finance Charge Increase
7/14/2017

In order to maintain good stewardship of our financial resources, we wish to encourage our clients to pay  their open balances within 90 days. Effective September 1, 2017, late fees will change from 1% on balances greater than 60 days to 3.5% on all balances greater than 90 days.  Balances over $500 that are 150 days past due will be assessed an additional late fee of $25 per month.
 
We encourage all clients to use the AHDC auto-pay program for convenience and as a way to keep balances up to date. Currently assessed late fees will be waived for any client who signs up in the auto-pay program by September 1, 2017.

Meet Our Team at the 2017 AABP & NEAEP Conference!
7/14/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be attending the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in Omaha, NE from September 14th-16th and the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners in Norfolk, VA September 20th-23rd!

Johne's CF and Brucellosis CF
6/6/2017

Effective July 1st , Johne’s CF and Brucellosis CF testing will no longer be offered.

Shar Pei Testing
6/5/2017

The AHDC now exclusively offers genetic testing for Shar-Pei Autoinflammatory Disease (SPAID).  The SPAID test identifies Shar-Pei most likely to be affected by SPAID during their lifetime. The assay provides an estimate of an individual's increased risk to develop SPAID symptoms. The assay may be used to determine the genotype of a dog of breeding age to inform decisions about potential breeding partners aiming to decrease the number of offspring at increased risk of experiencing SPAID symptoms.  Please find additional information as well as instructions for submission at https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/sects/Molec/spaid.cfm

Special Coagulation Research Handling Fee
6/5/2017

The Coagulation Laboratory has instituted a minimum processing fee of $10 for research samples and projects that require special handling before coagulation testing. The fee may be applied to potentially infectious materials including primate samples, products requiring reconstitution, plasma pooling, and aliquot preparation. Please contact the Coagulation lab directly at 607-253-3648 or comp_coag@cornell.edu  before submission of research study sets or projects that involve special processing.

Liver Consults
6/5/2017

Effective June 5, 2017, and until further notice, the AHDC will stop processing requests for Liver Consults and Digital Copper Quantification currently being performed by Dr. Sharon Center in order to evaluate whether or not the service can be continued based on Dr. Center's availability.  Requests for copper quantification can still be achieved through our Mineral Panel ($47).  All requests currently in the system will be completed by Dr. Center as her time allows.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Finance Charge Increase
6/5/2017

In order to maintain good stewardship of our financial resources, we wish to encourage our clients to pay  their open balances within 90 days. Effective September 1, 2017, late fees will change from 1% on balances greater than 60 days to 3.5% on all balances greater than 90 days.  Balances over $500 that are 150 days past due will be assessed an additional late fee of $25 per month.
 
We encourage all clients to use the AHDC auto-pay program for convenience and as a way to keep balances up to date. Currently assessed late fees will be waived for any client who signs up in the auto-pay program by September 1, 2017.

Bacteriology Isolate Submissions
6/5/2017

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.

New Speciation Test Available
6/5/2017

The Bacteriology Laboratory is now offering enhanced speciation testing for an additional fee of $26 per isolate, including Mycoplasma species. 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.

If this testing is desired, please contact the laboratory as soon as possible, as isolates are retained for no more than seven (7) days after the culture is finalized.

Transport Media Guidelines
6/5/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center highly recommends the use of a transport media for bacterial culture.  These products are designed to maintain viability of any organisms 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 media, 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 media 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 condition 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.

Meet Our Team at the 2017 ACVIM Conference
6/5/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be at booth #533 at The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine conference June 7th-10th. Please stop by to see what's new at the AHDC and register for a chance to win a prize!

Changes to Brucella canis RSAT/AGID Testing
5/5/2017

Effective immediately, Brucella canis RSAT/AGID results may be delayed for up to 5 business days due to a shortage of reagent. The reagent is expected to be back in stock by June 2017.

EIA Reminders
5/5/2017

The AHDC uses the ELISA test as the default test for EIA. The AHDC will perform the EIA AGID test only 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 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 forms 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 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, take into consideration that these are multi part forms and require sufficient pen pressure to make sure all copies are legible. Review forms for completeness to avoid delayed results. The AHDC is a Global VetLink laboratory for electronic submissions (information 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. Requests 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.

Shipping Chilled/Refrigerated Samples
5/5/2017

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

Stay Informed
5/5/2017

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 Client Resource Team at 607-253-3448.

Meet Our Team at the 2017 ACVIM Conference
5/5/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be at booth #533 at The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine conference June 7th-10th. Please stop by to see what's new at the AHDC and register for a chance to win a prize!

New Canine Ovarian Remnant Panel - AMH Plus Progesterone
4/7/2017

Two tests are better than one, and therefore we've combined our anti-M?llerian hormone (AMH) and progesterone tests into a canine ovarian remnant panel. Because it can be difficult to know at the time of sample collection if an ovarian remnant's primary secretory product is going to be AMH or progesterone, it's prudent to evaluate both hormones at the same time. Two complete ovaries in an intact dog have plenty of AMH-secreting follicles to consistently yield a positive AMH test result, but an ovarian remnant likely has relatively fewer of these follicles. When the follicles in a remnant progress towards ovulation, they transition away from AMH production and shift to progesterone production. Following ovulation, corpora lutea (CL) cease to produce AMH and progesterone secretion increases markedly. Because AMH and progesterone secretion wax and wane asynchronously, our research has determined that the combined analysis of AMH and progesterone is better than either test alone in the assessment of ovarian remnant syndrome. Please keep in mind that AMH is only produced by the ovaries, and unlike progesterone, it is not available as topical preparation that can be transferred from owner to pet. Therefore, it's imperative to rule out topical progesterone use as a possible reason for a positive progesterone test result.

We are pleased to offer the canine ovarian remnant panel at a reduced price as compared to the combined price of the two individual hormone tests. If you have any questions about this new testing option, please contact the Diagnostic Endocrinology Laboratory at (607) 253-3673.

Small Ruminant and Camelid Abortion Diagnostic Plan Changes
4/7/2017

Effective April 1st, the Bacteriology Laboratory has made a change to the small ruminant and camelid abortion diagnostic plans.  Recent data has shown a dramatic shift among the species of Campylobacter involved in these cases.  Increases have been documented in the incidence of Campylobacter jejuni abortions with research showing that it has now replaced Campylobacter fetus subsp. fetus as the predominant cause of sheep abortions in the United States.  We will continue to offer fluorescent antibody (FA) testing for Campylobacter fetus subsp. fetus, however the culture will be discontinued and replaced with Campylobacter jejuni culture.

Changes to Brucella canis RSAT/AGID Testing
4/7/2017

Effective immediately, there may be a delay of up to 5 business days for Brucella canis RSAT/AGID results due to a shortage of reagent.   The reagent is expected to be back in stock by June 2016.

Anaerobe Culture Preliminary Results
4/7/2017

The Bacteriology lab is now providing Preliminary results on anaerobe cultures if the culture is still in progress after 3 business days of incubation.

Transport Media Guidelines
4/7/2017

We highly recommend the use of a transport media for bacterial culture.  These products are designed to maintain viability of any organisms present in the sample during transit to the lab.  Most transport media will maintain viability of bacteria for 24-72 hours.  Please be aware that survival of bacteria, regardless of the brand of transport media, 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 reach to the lab as soon as possible for processing.

Please contact the laboratory to either order or inquire about appropriate transport media for your submissions.  Current prices for transport media can be found on our  Supply Request Form.

New Molecular Result Interpretations
4/7/2017

Starting April 5th, 2017, results for most routine clinical testing run by our molecular diagnostics section will be provided in the following format:
  • Not detected
  • Low positive
Previously called "suspect," this indicates that the pathogen was detected but at a level that was so low that it may not be reproducible.
  • Moderate positive
  • High positive
  • Inconclusive
This indicates that the presence or absence of the pathogen could not be determined due to inhibitors present in the sample.
These interpretations are based on the Ct value obtained by real-time PCR. We no longer routinely provide the raw Ct values due to the differing ranges produced by our different platforms. If you would like to know the Ct value for a clinical specimen, please contact us.

Payment Process Change
4/7/2017

The AHDC has been using PayPal as its third-party billing provider to process credit card payments through the web portal and now has also converted its monthly credit card payment process to PayPal.
 
PayPal, a secure third party payment site, meets PCI Data Security Standards, ensuring privacy, safety and protection of all personal and payment information associated with your credit card. The AHDC takes client privacy and security very seriously and will take all measures to protect personal information.
 
Clients enrolled in the monthly credit card payment process will see a slight change in their monthly statements. The balance on the statement will reflect the amount charged to the credit card on file at the AHDC. The AHDC Customer Resource Team will contact any client in the event that a charge is rejected for any reason, to assist with resolving the payment process.  
 
If you are interested in setting up your account for secure automatic payment through your credit card, please contact the Client Resource Team at 607-253-3951 or 607-253-3448.

Anatomic Pathology
4/7/2017

The section of anatomic pathology has recently validated new antibodies for diagnostic immunohistochemistry testing.  These antibodies are CD204 (macrophages), NeuN (neurons), MAP2 (neurons), and EHNV (Frog virus 3; ranavirus).

Maddie's Shelter Diagnostic Service
4/6/2017

New subsidized diagnostic service for animal shelters from New York State!

Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell and Maddie’s Fund®, a national foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, are excited to announce the new Maddie’s® Shelter Lab in collaboration with the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC).

This pilot program will provide registered 501c-3 organizations with subsidized diagnostic testing for shelter and rescue animals at a rate of 50% off testing fees and supplies as well as free shipping labels via USPS ground. Additionally, phone and email consultation services are available to provide counseling on test submission, result interpretation, and outbreak management through veterinarians in Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program and the AHDC’s Veterinary Support Services.

Learn more about this new program at http://www.sheltermedicine.vet.cornell.edu/msds.cfm

Specialized Dermatohistopathology Service
3/2/2017

The New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine offers a specialized dermatohistopathology service.  The goal of this service is to provide high quality interpretation of both small and large animal skin biopsy specimens submitted by veterinary practitioners in general practice, veterinary dermatologists, university veterinary teaching hospitals and laboratories.  All cases are reviewed by a board certified dermatologist and pathologist. 
 
Digital images are a great way to show clinical lesions and can be very helpful to the dermatopathologist when narrowing down differential diagnoses.   Photographs can be mailed with the submission or emailed to pathologyservice@cornell.edu.
 
When submitting skin biopsy specimens for dermatohistopathology, please use the special dermatohistopathology submission form
https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/docs/Dermatohistopathology_Submission_Form.pdf
 
For guidelines on how, when and why to biopsy skin lesions, please read these dermatohistopathology guidelines:  https://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/docs/Dermatopathology_Guidelines.pdf

Payment Process Change
3/2/2017

The AHDC has been using PayPal as its third-party billing provider to process credit card payments through the web portal and now has also converted its monthly credit card payment process to PayPal.
 
PayPal, a secure third party payment site, meets PCI Data Security Standards, ensuring privacy, safety and protection of all personal and payment information associated with your credit card. The AHDC takes client privacy and security very seriously and will take all measures to protect personal information.
 
Clients enrolled in the monthly credit card payment process will see a slight change in their monthly statements. The balance on the statement will reflect the amount charged to the credit card on file at the AHDC. The AHDC Customer Resource Team will contact any client in the event that a charge is rejected for any reason, to assist with resolving the payment process.  
 
If you are interested in setting up your account for secure automatic payment through your credit card, please contact the Client Resource Team at 607-253-3951 or 607-253-3448.

Need To Send It Now?
3/2/2017

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!
3/2/2017

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.

Upcoming Conference
3/2/2017

The Animal Health Diagnostic Center will be at booth #1129 at the Western Veterinary Conference March 5th-9th. Please stop by to see what's new at the AHDC and register for a chance to win a prize!

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

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